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On December 16, 2013, a team of thirty from Cottonwood Church, will be traveling to Yangon, Myanmar. The network we partner with cares for 400 orphans in 11 different orphanages. The network has been built since its inception in 1995 on faith in Jesus Christ and the Gospel. We have about eleven different ministries of focus that utilize the many different gifts of all the team members to ensure we do all we can while we are there. We will be working directly with the young adults and children to encourage, love, and support them and the ministry. We will be in the country for 10 days and will return December 28, 2013.
Each person from the team has a financial obligation of 2,900, which includes airfare and lodging for myself, but most importantly, the rest of the money is going directly to help the Burmese people and the main orphanage compound that we will be helping out with. The process has already begun, but half of it is due by the end of October. Of course, there is not expectation to give, but every little bit helps, and all of it is tax deductible. In addition, we have a donor who is willing to match every dollar contributed (up to 2,900) so that alleviates the financial burden of someone else on the trip. This means you will essentially be helping two people. Also, the church takes no percentage of this amount and every dollar above the $2,900 will go towards helping others on the trip.
Just to give you a little history about Myanmar: If you haven't been made aware, it is a country located in the southeast of Asia, bordered by China, Thailand, and India. Since it's independence in 1948, the country has been in one of the longest running civil wars between the many different ethnic and religious groups which still continues to this day. There have been many uprising against the political oppression and economic mismanagement, resulting in thousands of demonstrators and innocent citizens being killed and leading the military government to declare martial law over its citizens. In 2008, Myanmar was hit with a cyclone, leaving over 200,000 people dead and over a one million homeless. Following this disaster, their government actually hindered any recovery efforts made by the United Nations to enter and deliver, food, medicine and much needed supplies. All of this has left Myanmar and it's people struggling to survive off of less than $1 a day, leaving two-thirds of it's children malnourished. This country has been under a repressive regime for decades, but within the last two years, the country has taken drastic measures to move closer towards democracy.
Your dollars invested into these children promote their prosperity to dream bigger, think freely, imagine more, and have eternal hope!