October 2009

We had a great week with some incredible people in Mountain Home, Arkansas. The Church in Mountain Home is a representation of numerous churches within the Mountain Home area that all partnered to host the Experience. It was such a blessing to work alongside so many different congregations in being a voice for these children. This entire community is incredibly engaged with World Vision and many families within the area have had the chance to go over to Kenya and meet their sponsored children. We had such a great time hearing these stories and looking at the pictures of the work World Vision is doing through sponsors like you all! It is such a joy to hear the first-hand stories of those that have gotten the chance to hug their sponsored children, have seen the wells built through your donations and have seen the children and families whose lives have been transformed through sponsorship.

The community is hosting a Marathon in November to raise money for Kenya. If you happen to find yourself in the Mountain Home area November 21st be a part of the incredible work this community is doing and show your support!

The Grove in Riverside, CA was a great site–we just finished up this past weekend and it was a wonderful week!  This church did something very unique — they created an “Experience” for their children’s ministry during the week.  Lots of kids were able to walk through an interactive display showing what life is like in Africa — and it was all geared towards children, it was great!

Marilee Pierce Dunker came to speak (Bob Pierce’s daughter, founder of World Vision) — it was an honor to listen to her speak and share her heart for suffering children.

The Grove is heavily involved in Uganda and have taken several trips to the community of Aber where World Vision is working (northern area in Uganda).  Their heart for this area is evident, and it was amazing to see a large congregation focused on the same purpose — to help those who are suffering.  Thank you to everyone involved in planning for the event!

If you attended the Experience at The Grove please leave a comment and let us know what you thought of the week.

Thank you to Our Savior’s Lutheran for hosting the Experience this week!  We had a great week with the church and community. The week started with a family choir from Burundi who shared their story of survival through civil warfare. It was both encouraging and challenging to hear about their commitment to the Lord despite the horrific things they have seen and experienced. Throughout the week we had the chance to meet so many incredible people doing incredible work around the world. This community is very engaged with a local missions group that sends mission teams all around the world. It was great to hear their stories and see the commitment this community has to those living in poverty. albany2


fallAs a team we truly got to experience the seasons of New York this week, some apple picking, hiking in cold weather and the beautiful fall leaves- fall is in the air!

kristin applepicking

Thank you OSL for a great week!

We spent a great week at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, MN.  The school sits right along the banks of the Mississippi River, and the week was packed full with hundreds and hundreds of students walking through and many hearts ignited for suffering children.


The event planning team was extremely dedicated and passionate about the Experience and every teacher on campus wore a “Step into Africa” tshirt during set up day and throughout the week.  Many parents and students were also involved and the High School campus (about a mile up the road) even bused students down the the Experience throughout the week.  Minnehaha also connected with a local Dunn Bros. Coffee shop, they had tickets available to all their patrons and the entire staff wore “Step into Africa” shirts all week and offered 10% discount to every person who came in with their positive/negative hand stamp from the exhibit.  Very cool!  Thank you Dunn Bros!

We even got a surprise a couple days before we left — snow — in October?!

It was a wonderful week — it was great to be part of the school activities for eight days, thank you Minnehaha!