Missions Trip 2011 – Tinca, Romania
With the temperature dropping and winter looming, spring seems like a lifetime away. Actually though, May is only seven months away! Now, I realize that for some of you, seven months may seem like an eternity, but for those of you who are graduating it probably feels like May is right around the corner. For Axiom too, May 2011 is fast approaching, not because of graduation or sweet summer time, but because of our spring missions trip! After all the final exams and graduation ceremonies are over, a group of Axiom students will be traveling to Tinca, Romania to love on some beautiful gypsy children! We’ll be serving at Forget Me Not Ministries, founded and directed by Rachel Ross. Rachel operates The Isaiah Center, which focuses on providing stability and nurturing neglected children by meeting their emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, and social needs. FMN’s focus is on the Roma (Gypsy) children of Romania, specifically in Tinca, which has one of the largest Roma villages in the county (http://www.fmnministries.org). For ten days, we will be helping to complete manual labor projects, sort donations and serve in any other way that we can.
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8 NIV).
Every child needs and deserves love. We’re responding to Christ’s call by getting in there, getting our hands dirty, and loving on these kids.
If any of this sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because it is. In May of 2009, Axiom sent a team of students to Rachel and FMN to begin a relationship with her ministry and show love and support for the work she’s doing there. We’ve chosen to return to Romania this year to further cement our relationship with the ministry and demonstrate our dedication to these kids. Our goal over the next few years is to establish similar relationships with a few different ministries all over the world in hopes of embarking on return trips in the future. Our desire for this trip is the same desire that fuels so much of what we do every day on campus – to have a lasting impact on the Kingdom and to be Christ to a broken world.
If you’re at all interested in going on the Romania missions trip in May, start praying about it! Then, talk to Ben Woods, who is leading the trip (firstname.lastname@example.org), and pick up an application at the house. Applications and deposits are due on November 11th – that’s in 13 days!
If you’re looking for ways to partner with our ministry on this trip, start praying! Pray that God would move in the hearts and minds of our students, preparing us all for what’s sure to be a life changing ten days. You can also check out our website (www.illinoisaxiom.com) for more information on upcoming fundraising events and ways to give.
Cu Mult Iubire,