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Mission Trip to Lesotho Summer 2017

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by Jeremy Zuidema, High School U.S. History Teacher

This summer, a small team from OC will have the unique service learning opportunity of travelling to Lesotho, Africa in order to serve at Beautiful Gate. Beautiful Gate Lesotho reaches out to orphaned, abandoned and neglected children from newborn to 5 years old, and gives them the love that they need and deserve. The organization seeks to glorify God by giving these children their childhood while they wait for their forever family. The ultimate goal is to unite these children with a forever family that will love them as their own. Until that family is formed, Beautiful Gate Lesotho is their family, and as a part of this trip we will have the unique opportunity to become a small part of that family.

While we are there this summer, we will have the opportunity to show them a little piece of God’s love and grace as we work to build relationships with the staff and the children who have come to know Beautiful Gate as their home. It is also a fantastic opportunity to learn from them by discovering how they live in contagious joy amid the daily struggles they face.

As we look forward to this journey, we thank you for praying for us and supporting us. Please pray that we can be given boldness and wisdom, that we might be unified, and that the logistics of this trip might go smoothly as we travel so far from home. May our hearts break for what breaks God’s heart, and may HE receive all the glory and honor!

If you are interested and want more information about Beautiful Gate Lesotho visit the Beautiful Gate Webpage. If you wish to support the team financially you may donate online by clicking on the Paypal Donate button below:


For more information contact Jeremy Zuidema at jzuidema@ocschools.org.