I know most of you that read this blog will already know about my trip, but I’m writing this to let you all know of my plans to go to Kenya on a church-based missions trip for 3 months! I leave for the trip in approximately 44 days and I am getting so stoked. Time is moving quickly and I’m tying up loose ends all over the place to make sure I’m able to go.
I’m posting this to let you know about my desire to share the love of God with people in Kenya, and also to ask for your support. I hope that you can either pray for me or contribute financially to the K2K Trip Fund. The following text is from a support letter I sent to several people via snail mail a few weeks ago. If you didn’t get it, it’s probably because I don’t have your address (sorry!) If you would like to contribute online to the trip fund, there are instructions at the bottom of this post! Thanks you so much for your prayers and support! I hope to be an extension of God’s love to others in Kenya as many of you have been in my life.
Hello! I hope this letter finds you well. I want to share with you some of what God’s been doing in my life lately. Since moving to California 15 months ago, God has been using me as a Student Pastor in Poway and as part of a small church plant in downtown San Diego. The most recent call I have felt is toward missions. I was excited when I found out about an opportunity to join Adventures In Missions to Kenya. I applied and have now been accepted. I plan to leave January 22, 2009 and be in Kenya for three months!
For the last several months, I have felt a pull to “get my hands dirty” in the Great Commission; to reach out to the poor and marginalized as Jesus did. I have always desired to go on a missions trip and share the gospel with people who are aching for God’s love. My prayer is that reaching out to the poorest of the poor while half-way across the world will give me further ministry experience and ignite the already burning passion in my heart to reach out to people here in the states. During this trip, I will be discipled and trained in various areas of ministry and missions. I will also have the opportunity to minister to people who need to hear of salvation through Jesus. I’ll spend half of the journey in Kibera, one of the largest slum areas in Africa, serving in a one-room primary school, and reaching out to the community via several ministries like drama, sports ministry, door-to-door evangelism and open-air meetings. The other half of the trip I’ll be engaged in the daily activities of a town outside of Nairobi, building relationships with those in the community and sharing the hope we have in Jesus.
I am so excited about this opportunity, and I’m trusting God to meet my needs for the trip. Ultimately, my prayer is that He will do that through you. I would be honored if you could partner financially and prayerfully with me in this ministry. I am assembling a prayer team committed to praying for me before, during, and after this journey. Also, I must raise $4,990 for the trip that goes directly to AIM. This will cover all my expenses while on the field; airfare, food, housing, ministry opportunities, etc.
I have enclosed a response card and pre-addressed envelope, which invites you to share in this ministry. Please make checks payable to Adventures In Missions. Including the enclosed card will provide AIM with all necessary information. In turn, they will send you a receipt. They request that you send all donations by January 5th, 2009.
Adventures In Missions is registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. Donors will receive receipts for their gifts with the understanding that the disbursement of those gifts lies completely at the discretion of Adventures In Missions and that the gifts are non-refundable and non-transferable, per IRS regulations. Gifts may be tax deductible; please consult a tax advisor.
I look forward to how God will use me and what He will teach me through this
experience. I hope not only to be a blessing to those I serve, but also to you. My desire is to go as your representative of Jesus Christ. I hope you will prayerfully consider being part of my ministry. Thank you so much!
Online Contribution Instructions:
1. Go to http://www.adventures.org
2. Click on the red “Mission Trip Participant” link
3. Choose “Real Life” on the Program tab
4. In the Participant field type “Kenneth Liles”
5. Make your donation either by Visa/Mastercard or bankdraft.
Thank you guys so much for your support and prayer over the next few months. God bless you!