To return to West Africa, to love God and to love people through the medium of nursing.
It has been eight years since I left the continent of Africa. Serving and living in Mali, West Africa for two years has by far been the highlight of my life. Since I have been back, I have often wondered why the opportunity has not come to pass for me to return. But today, I gladly announce that the opportunity has presented itself, and I will be returning to Guinea, West Africa as a nurse/missionary in November 2009. This will a be a permanent/long-term move to Africa.
I cannot put into words how long I have waited to return and how much it has meant to me. I asked myself many times “Why am I here, when my heart is there in Africa?” Over the last eight years there have been many lessons learned and many valleys as well. I received my second degree in nursing which will enable me to carry a very useful tool back to Africa to serve the people there. I also was able to take care of my mother and be there next to her when she lost her battle to cancer in August of 2008. I know God has reasons for my delayed return, and I believe that the last eight years was a time of preparation and closure for me. Now, this season has come to an end, and a new season is beginning.
I will be working through an organization called Pioneers. They appointed me the first week of June to return to Guinea, West Africa to work among the Fulbe people. I will be relying on donations and sponsors for my salary and work there, and ask that each of you pray for God to provide. I am writing to you today to invite you to join in and partner with me. Here are a few ways you can participate:
1. Pray: You can send me your email and mailing address, so that I can send you updates on the work that is going on. You can send me this email via facebook or to email@example.com
2. Go: There will be future opportunities to join me in the work in Guinea. If you have ever wanted to travel on a short-term assignment, please let me know so that I can keep you updated on future events.
3. Give: Donations are the sole support for me to remain on the field and continue working. I have to raise $10,000 as a one time fee to cover transportation, housing setup, plane tickets, as well as other supplies necessary to live in the bush of Africa. I also will need monthly pledges totaling $2000 each month to remain on the field. All donations are tax deductible. I know this seems like a lot, but I know with God all things are possible. If you feel led to give, read the instructions below:
a. Click the link below to make a donation online. Electronic Transfer Funding is also available upon request. PLEASE TYPE “CHUCK LUKE” in the Missionary Name field and "110328" in the Account field.
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b. To give by check, make all checks payable to “PIONEERS” and place a separate note in the envelope indicating the donation is for “Chuck Luke”. Send checks to: Pioneers, 10123 William Carey Drive, Orlando, FL 32832
c. You can also click on the DONATE button below.
Thank you all for your love, time and support! Please let me know what is going on with you and how I can pray for you as well! God bless!