Thursday, September 17, 2009

Bright Hope School

Here is a video of the project we'll be partnering with. We should know sometime late October what our exact project will be. We will either be building a kitchen or a chicken coop. Builders, handymen, those willing to just get involved, this will be amazing! What better way to build relationships! We are so excited to see who God will bring together for this amazing team!

Not sure if you can go but you want to help someone else go? Want to support what God is doing in Ethiopia? Stay tuned! Details will be up shortly!

Monday, September 7, 2009


Hello Everyone, Sorry it has taken me so long to update you. Much has happened in the past two months; let’s get straight to the point.
We have a website or blog site up and ready to go, the address is: - On this site you will find a down loadable letter that you can copy and make your own to send out for fund raising purposes. We encourage you to do this sooner then later in order to let people know your plans and to start praying for you as well as the rest of the people going on this trip. Feel free to use it as is or change things around to fit your specific needs or to put your church information in there if they want to help you out in this way. We will continue updating you through email as well as updating the website. If there are any prayer requests or things you’d like to see on the blog let us know and we will get it out there. Once we get closer to the trip and those who are going are nailed down we will add “authors” to give others the chance to post to the blog about what the Lord is doing in their lives and we’ll use it as a way to update from Ethiopia as well.
We are wrapping up the design phase of a T-shirt to sell as a fundraiser for the projects we will be helping with on this trip. You will be able to buy shirts for gifts, or tell others about them. We will be including a shirt in the cost of the trip so each person on the team will have one.
Bright Hope School - and a video clip - Children’s Hope International is very involved with the Bright Hope School project; a couple of churches in Montana are working on much of the fundraising and have done some incredible things already. There is still a great need there and we are praying about how the Lord might use us. We’ve been in contact with CHI and they will know more of exactly what project we’ll be helping with after a work team returns home in October. Whatever it is we are excited to be apart! We have a few other projects that we’ve been given the go ahead on but these will depend on the time needed at Bright hope. Saturday afternoon will be spent with “Soccer Ephrem” for sure. He disciple’s street kids by playing soccer with them and building a relationship with these sweet kids.
Fund Raising:
We will be fund raising for the Bright Hope School project, if you have any ideas or would like to do some fund raising of your own in the area you live please let us know! If your church would like to be involved we have a few opportunities for that to happen. We are getting some ornaments that we will be selling around the holidays that we are working in conjunction with CHI on. They are all different prices and correlate with a particular part of the project at Bright Hope. More to come on this!
Erica also has narrowed down the price of the in country portion of the trip to $400 per person. This will cover the in country transportation, (we’ll be organizing airport pick up for everyone as well) three meals a day, bottled water, and snacks, (we’ll be bringing some things from the states to make eating on the go a bit easier as well as eating out three - four times on the trip) accommodations, and a T-shirt. We will need to have a deposit of $200 that is due by Dec. 1 just to get an initial count of who is going and the remaining balance of $200 by Jan 1. This is a nonrefundable deposit, however if something comes up and you have to back out at the last minute we can discuss a refund at that time, this is to secure a spot for those who are serious in going. The deposit will enable us to secure transportation, food, and accommodations in country.
We have a couple of travel agents lined up, you don’t have to use them, but after hours of researching flights, costs, and the best routes these guys are on it! They are comparable in price depending on which flights you choose. Right now the tickets are running between $1400 and $1600 per person. We have some on hold for the three of us running just under $1400 each.
Travel Agent Contact Information:
Annie Bueller – Golden Rule Travel - (Annie booked our adoption travel and she currently has tickets on hold for us for this trip)
Mike Snyder – MKI Travel - (Mike booked Erica’s ticket for her trip to Ethiopia earlier this year)
We wouldn’t recommend booking a ticket just yet, holding is a great option and we’ve found that prices drop as the time gets closer. This past January Erica landed a ticket for right at $1000 about three weeks before she left and it was a great flight!
If you have any questions or need clarification on anything please don’t hesitate to email!
Many nations will be joined with the Lord in that day and will become my people. I will live among you and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you.
Zechariah 2:11
In His Service,