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Send me to Southeast Asia, dude!
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Hey, there! Let me go ahead and give you the run-down: my name is Rachel S., and I'm your typical 17-year old kid from the United States. Well, sort of typical... More ...

     Hey, there! So let me go ahead and give you the run-down: my name is Rachel S., and I'm your typical 17-year old kid from the United States. Well, sort of typical.

     This past September, I felt called to leave everything I knew behind and fly out to eastern Germany to take part in a 6-month arts & missions discipleship school. Although life hasn't always been easy, (I miss doritoes...and American pizza) I've been learning a lot, both about my art and about the world in general. We've studied topics from prayer to human trafficking to extreme poverty.

      The 2nd half of my time here at school includes an "outreach" phase. I've been placed on a team that will be heading out to Southeast Asia for 2 1/2 months. It's time to practice what we preach and sacrifice everything we've got in order to try to make a difference. Our trip will mostly be focused on red light ministry - helping organizations that deal with trafficking, going to safe homes for women, and working to prevent human slavery. We'll also be visiting hospitals, spending time with children and Tibetan refugees, ministering at punk and heavy metal concerts, and going wherever else we feel called to go.

     Although I initially had all of the money saved for this trip, the school here needed around 100,000 euros for a new roof and septic system. As crazy as it sounds, I felt that God was calling me to give up the most important thing I had (my outreach) and try to pitch in to help the school. I have to admit - it broke my heart. I couldn't bear the thought of not going with my team to Asia and not being able to complete the 2nd phase of school and graduate with my friends.

     As hard as it's been, I still believe that I made the right decision. Now I have to fight for this trip and believe that somehow, someway, God will provide the means for me to go. I am leaving in about 2 weeks and still have over 1,000 euros to raise. I'm willing to do whatever it takes to be on that plane when it takes off with the rest of my team in December.

     If you could help me at all - in any way - I'd be more grateful than you can imagine. Whatever you can give will be enough. Thank you for your thoughts, your consideration, and the time it took for you to read this. Regardless of if you decide to support me or not - rock on! ~

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