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Olivia's Dominican Republic Mission's Trip
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Ended Aug 21, 2016
Olivia began feeding the homeless at the very young age of 4 after she asked if she could feed the "homely" people.  After some investigation I found out the "homely" people she was talking about were really the homeless.  ... More ...

Olivia began feeding the homeless at the very young age of 4 after she asked if she could feed the "homely" people.  After some investigation I found out the "homely" people she was talking about were really the homeless.  This started her insatiable desire to take care of others.  We started carrying food bags in our car to hand out to the homeless.  On many occasions throughout the year we make bagged meals through a local organization which feeds 80 street people, and we then serve them on the streets, not in a shelter, but truly on the streets right outside of Washington D.C.  This costs our family about $150 each time we make the meals, which comes out of our food budget.  We find creative ways to cut back on the costs, and God has shown up in big ways in helping us.   

Olivia started visiting an "adopted grandma" at a nearby assisted living center, and for three years she visited on a weekly basis to read and play games with her "grandma".  After finding out that her grandma was admitted to the hospital, which we knew she would not come home again, Olivia insisted that we take her to visit her "grandma".  We were not technically family, but the nurses snuck her in anyways.  Olivia crawled up on her bed and read her passages from the Bible.  She asked her "grandma" if she believed in Jesus.  She was able to share Christ and before we left, her "grandma" had accepted Christ.  That was the last time we would see her again.

What I admire the most about Olivia, is her compassion toward the physical needs of others, but she also wants them to know Jesus in a real way.  And, she'll do whatever it takes to ask you point blank if you have accepted Jesus.  I remember when my grandmother was on Hospice care and Olivia insisted on needing to fly out to see her in Idaho so she could personally ask her great grandmother if she had accepted Jesus.  She needed the reassurance that she would see grandma again one day in heaven.  (Note: my grandmother was an amazing godly woman and never a doubt in my mind where she was going after she passed away, this is just a testament to how much Olivia loves to share Christ with others)     

Each summer the clothing ministry at our church sorts clothes that are donated and then those who need them in the community come to the church to pick out clothes.  Olivia begs us to let her go and sort clothes every Sunday.  This is not high profile volunteer job, but she just feels at home serving.    

I know with all my heart that God is doing amazing things with this young girl and has great plans for her future.  She loves the Lord, she loves serving, and she keeps talking about becoming a missionary when she gets older.  As parents we want to give her the world, give her this amazing experience, but we also know that life as a missionary is hard.  It requires a contented heart that can live with little, it may one day require her to live across the world, and it may one day require that she puts her life on the line to share Jesus with others.  It may require all of the above or non of the above, but we do know that fundraising will always be a vital part of mission work.  

We want her to experience the fundraising side, because honestly we can not afford this type of trip, but she desperately desires to go so she has committed this trip to fasting and prayer.  She will also do door-to-door fundraising, and she keeps brainstorming other ideas.      

Olivia loves challenges.  Besides her love of volunteering, she loves baseball.  She is the only girl playing in our local little league.  She's also is involved with community theater and spends all her extra time at the theater where she shares Christ with her fellow thespians.     

If you can financially help her she will keep you informed of her trip before, during, and after with lots of pictures.  If you can't financially help out we understand that too, and covet your prayers for safety and that God opens doors to share Christ with the children in the orphanage that she will work in.

Any money above and beyond her goal she will use to buy art supplies to take to the impoverished children during home visits.

She can't wait to see how God will provide for her. If you are interested in joining her Facebook page for the DR please send me your email address and once we have it up and running we'll add you as her friend.   

Paypal does take a small fee out of your donation so if you want to donate directly to our church to get a tax write off this will get credited to Olivia's account.  If you want 100% of your donated money to go to Olivia then you can also send her a check.  But we also know how convienent online donations are so anyway you choose to donate is appreciated. 

Thank you ahead of time for being a blessing to her.

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