Send me back to South Africa!
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My name is Olivia Tipping and I am 16 years old. I go to Toledo Christian School and attend Calvary Church. Last summer I went on a missions trip to South Africa with my church and I had an amazing time. My youth group at Calvary will be taking ...
My name is Olivia Tipping and I am 16 years old. I go to Toledo Christian School and attend Calvary Church. Last summer I went on a missions trip to South Africa with my church and I had an amazing time. My youth group at Calvary will be taking another missions trip this June and will be joining Leah Fuller the missionary on a trip back to South Africa. I am so excited to have another opportunity to go back. I would like to tell you a little about my last trip. One night in Decmber of 2012 God gave me a dream of a little girl that was in Africa. she was the cutest little girl and I began to see her a lot leading up to the trip I was going to take in July. In July I got on a plane and flew to South Africa expecting to see a little girl I had seen in so many of my dreams. God had so much more planned though. I was involved in running a sports camp vacation Bible school the week I was there. On the Tuesday of the sports camp I was put in charge of a team of 4-5 year olds. Right away I noticed that there was a little boy smaller than everyone else. He looked grumpy and he never talked to any of the other kids. He would straggle behind our group of kids so I finally just picked him up and held him. After a while of holding him he had fallen asleep in my arms. The rest of the week he would come to our camp and run up to me with the biggest smile. I would hold him all day, he never wanted to play games, he just wanted me to hold him. His mom came to the camp one day and told me that he had gone back home and had told her that he was with his “momma” today and the camp. Every day he fell asleep in my arms and I would just love him more and more. The day came where I had to say goodbye and it was probably one of the hardest things I’ve had to go through. As I held him on the last day of the camp he looked into my eyes and instantly my heart broke. I had to watch him walk away into the village he lived in, not knowing if I would ever see him again. I stood there watching him walk away for the longest time trying to tell myself that he would be okay.On the last day of the missions trip I was at the Sunday morning service at the local church when the little boy walked in. When the service ended I ran to him and gave him so many hugs. As the team was loading the busses and I hugged him a few more times not wanting to leave him. I got on the bus and looked out the window as we drove away. It broke my heart to leave him. During that week I had also met his sister who was 4 years old. I learned that her name is Joy and his name is Acceptance. They both hold a special place in my heart. The local pastor there has updated me on how they are doing, and I have also sent them gifts with a missionary. I hope to go back this June and see them again.Our purpose of the youth trip in June is to go to the local schools and reach out to the youth in South Africa. I’m excited to be able to share my faith and to be challenged.The cost of this trip I $2,950. This is a huge responsibility that I have taken charge of. I want to ask if you would please, most importantly, pray for the team and I that we will be as effective as possible and be led by God. Also, I would ask that you would consider supporting me financially. This is a huge responsibility financially and I can't do it alone :)
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