I have failed you –

in sending THANK YOUS, sharing my adventures via writing and photos, keeping you updated on what is to come…I sincerely apologize. I think of these things often and natural to my human state, I become overwhelmed. Your patience and continued support are incredibly valuable. 

For now, you should know that my third out-of-the-Country trip is planned for February 22nd – March 1st, 2014. I will be traveling to Pétionville, Haiti, to partner with Agape Church. Our team will be providing a number of services and fostering many relationships as we host community outreach events, labor via cleaning & construction, and remain open to the needs of this ministry. Agape Church is in the beginning stages and is modeled after Watoto Church in Kampala, Uganda. Having experienced the life-changing ministry of Watoto, I knew that I wanted to be a small part this. 

Many of you know that from February – September, 2013, over $5,000 was raised for my time spent in Africa. Many thanks to GOD and to all of YOU: your big sacrifices of time, money, and other donations; your consistent sharing of my story; your faithful prayers and love. THANK YOU. 

This trip to Haiti is a dramatic decrease in travel time and expense! Just a two hour flight from Miami and $1,500 total – it could almost fool you to be a walk in the park! I’ve found this is my most challenging goal yet. Largely due to the timeline – funds due in under 8 weeks and it will be my 3rd trip in a year. Please understand that I have no interest in being a “short-term missions junkie.” I absolutely do not consider these trips to be vacation or my opportunity to see the world. I say YES to these trips because I am passionate about what is or will be happening there. I say YES to these trips so that I can talk about these incredible ministries in a more personal way. I say YES to these trips to stretch and challenge myself – physically, emotionally, spiritually. You can be part of it, too. 

Thanks for standing with me in all sorts of different and equally important ways. 

My immediate need is the $100 deposit. The next will be an additional $700 by January 6th. Finally, the full balance of $1,500 is due February 10th. Every. Single. Dollar. Matters. 

Lots of Love, 
Siara

Details

A few reminders! 
~The quickest and easiest way for you to give is online! Steps are below. 
~I can accept check, cash, or change anytime, just be sure to include your name and address for tax-deduction purposes (or let me know if you don’t want a tax receipt)!
 ~Any money raised beyond my goal of $3,000/trip need will go toward Global Hope ministries. If you’d like to help with the cost of passport or immunizations, please do! Just know that those donations will be separate and cannot qualify for a tax-deduction, sorry. (But it is MUCH appreciated, trust me.) 

~Some friends and I are hosting a Thirty-One + Wine Tasting party in April! More information to come! 

Online Giving (currently debit cards only)
Super easy! Visit http://gethope.net/global-hope/give which takes you to https://app.mygivingsolutions.com/landing.aspx?cid=49

Give Directly (to someone’s trip):

  • Select “Raleigh” as location and “Mission Trip Support” as the fund. Enter your amount and check “One Time Donation”
  • Check the “In memory/honor of” box
  • In the “First Name” field enter the traveler’s full name (i.e., Siara Mims)
  • In the “Last Name” field enter trip location and travel date (i.e., Uganda, July 2013)

Thank you. More than I could ever put into words, thank you. Thank you for being proud of me, for encouraging me, for the tight hugs, for the concern, for the sacrificial donations, for attending my shindigs, for not hiding my social media posts, for reading my blog, for sharing your business profits, for opening your homes, for sharing ideas, for being excited with me, for sharing my blog, for not discouraging me, for sending me mail, for LOVING ME! I am so blessed, privileged, and thankful to be surrounded by you all in so many different ways. You leave me sobbing joyfully! I cannot wait to see what these next few months hold; my trip to Gulu and beyond – and YOU are an important part of it! 

Lots of Love, always, 
Siara

Indescribable!

Tomorrow will mark the one-month “anniversary” of my acceptance to the Global Hope – Uganda – July 2013 team. In that time, over eleven-hundred dollars  has been raised! I am already at 37% of my total due in May. It is a strain to truly convey how tremendously grateful and blessed I feel and am. Everything is unexpected, yet it goes far beyond that. I just can’t say enough about the support. I am just so very thankful. And humbled! All of you – no matter what your support looks like – you are all amazing. 

Last night, I held my first social fundraiser. $295 was raised with an attendance of 13 people! We had a wonderful time – laughs, story sharing, questions, Bunco, yummy food. I am so blessed to see people come together to love little ol’ me and listen to what I am passionate about. And I know so many who wanted to make it out or stay so badly, but couldn’t – that is so okay. I just love having social get-togethers and options!

Specific thanks – 
Juan and Annette Valdez who opened up their home for my event! They are fantastic hosts! 
Tammy Woolworth for donating two Thirty-One items for a raffle! 
Mya Minor who did a large percentage of the preparation so that Annette, Juan, and myself could go to work! And also for skipping Bunco to play with the Valdez girls! 

Tomorrow is also our second team meeting. I will be turning in all of the money raised so far with a goal of $1,700 …only $582.81 to go in 24 hours! 😀

For more on what you can do and how to give, see my original post: The Beginning of Something Greater.