I’ve prayed for years about missions, specifically international missions to Hispanic countries. Because of my Hispanic heritage and fluency in Spanish, I’ve always felt a special connection to any kind of outreach to Hispanic people. I remember as a young girl praying about the possibility of at least going on a short term mission trip, though I always hoped for longer.
The answer till now has always been “not yet”. I’ve been so blessed to serve in ministry with my local pregnancy center right here, and most of our clients are Hispanic. I’ve been able to use my Spanish to serve many women for whom Spanish is their primary or only language. But I’ve never stopped praying for that international opportunity.
So, I’m delighted to announce that God has opened the doors for me to join a team on a mission trip to Colombia this summer! Colombia is extra special to me, because my mom is Colombian, and I’m half-Columbian. This will be an opportunity for me to join in what God is doing in Colombia, to share the Gospel with them, and help establish churches where the new believers can be discipled in the truth.
It’s a 1 week trip, but it’s going to be packed. The purpose of the trip is evangelism and discipleship ministry side-by-side with Colombian host leaders and churches, to target neighborhoods where they are starting and/or strengthening simple mission churches.
It’s a dream coming true, but it’s also a pretty major thing for this girl who has never traveled outside of the country before. There are so many details, but I want to keep my focus right and glorify God at every step. I would like to invite you first and foremost to join me in prayer for this trip. Specific requests would be:
1. That my heart would be prepared to serve the people of Colombia
2. That the people of Colombia would have hearts prepared for the Gospel
3. That the Colombian church would be multiplied and strengthened
4. That our team would work well together for the glory of God
5. For all the aspects of the trip: training, preparation, travels, culture adjustments, ministry time, and transformed lives.
Here is a prayer calendar that will aid in praying for the trip.
Also, if the Lord moves your heart to join in supporting this trip financially, I would be greatly blessed by your investment in this ministry. My trip must be fully funded by July 15, 2017. If this is something God leads you to do, you may do so here: https://www.purecharity.com/andrea-donaldsons-fundraiser-for-manizales-colom-1?aff=kiqlq
UPDATE: I’M GOING TO BACK TO COLOMBIA IN JUNE 2018! If you’d like to sponsor this trip, you may do so here: https://www.purecharity.com/andrea-donaldsons-fundraiser-for-armenia-colombi-1?aff=kiqlq
I don’t know what I’ll have for internet access on the trip, but I will be posting a follow-up on the blog with pictures and stories of what God does on this trip when I return home.