5.08.2011

South Africa Support Letter!

I am just way to excited to sleep because I have completed yet another task on my very lengthly "to do list" for South Africa. 
My support letter is finished and I will post it here for you to read if you like! 
I can not thank everyone enough for your prayers and support already- it has been such an incredible blessing! 
I still need $4 800 to travel to South Africa and make this trip possible- if you feel called to support me financially please continue to read my support letter with more info!
Also I need a support team who will pray for me on my year abroad- if this interests you at all - you guessed it - keep reading!


Each one of you are so important to me!  (if you would like, I can email you this letter in it's proper format:) just let me know! meeja_moo9@hotmail.com )


Dear Fellow Blog Readers, 




This year I have really learnt about God’s timing and how it is always perfect. I knew God had put a passion in me to empower women and care for people that society likes to forget but I had no idea what He wanted me to do with my passion. Jeremiah 29:11 kept ringing in my head this year- “for I know the plans I have for you...plans to prosper.” God knew I would be heading on this adventure and in His perfect timing He allowed me to be accepted into the SALT (serving and learning together) program with MCC (Mennonite Central Committee.)

SALT is a program in which you get hired (unpaid of course) at a job around the world and serve the people there for a year. You apply for this job individually and are traveling to the job by yourself but there is a strong network of people to help you throughout the year-phew! On August 11, I will be travelling to Akron, PA for a week of pre training and than flying to Pietermaritzburg, South Africa directly afterwards.

There are two main jobs that I am hired for throughout this next year. The first one is being a “momma” to 10-15 beautiful girls. These precious children of God have been abused, orphaned by aids or have come from other terrible situations that have made them in need of a home. Project Gateway (organization I will be working for) takes these girls into a boarding house to live and hires a SALTER to be their mom! There is another momma who lives there all the time as well to do the cooking and cleaning but my main job is to love and empower these girls. During the day I will work at Project Gateway Christian school with approximately 350 children, which include the girls I get to live with. I will be a gym teacher at the school and work on empowering these children through sports. What breaks my heart is that the girls don’t participate in sports because “they are less than the boys.” The gender imbalance is a very prevalent issue in South Africa and I hope to share with these girls that they have rights and can play with the boys. I’m not sure what a “teenage white Canadian girl” can do with centuries of discrimination against women but I love sports and I’m excited to see what the Lord has planned in my teaching job! I will also be traveling a bit on weekends and investing myself into AIDS organizations and working closely with the local church helping out in Sunday School etc.

To make this trip possible I will require constant prayer support and a financial need of $4 800. If you in any way feel led to help me financially that would be greatly appreciated. There are two ways you can do this. The easiest and most efficient is an online donation and the second is by cheque. All donations are tax- deductible.

To make an online donation go to https://donate.mcc.org/salt. On the right hand side there is a yellow box labeled “SALT” where you can enter an amount. As you are checking out, you should check the box that reads, “I would like to make this donation in Memory, in Honour, or in Support.” Choose ‘In Support of -- SALT” and type my full name “Madeline Charnuski with my ID # 668474.

If you would like to donate by cheque, please call me and I can provide you with the paperwork.If you would like to be part of my prayer support group while I’m overseas please email me @ meeja_moo9@hotmail.com to be added to my list! Also please check out my blog at www.foreverhisbymadeline.blogspot.com as I will update this often so you can keep constant tabs on me while I’m in South Africa!

Thank you so much for your financial support and prayers!

Much love, 

Madeline Charnuski

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