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Serving Others in Guatemala-Samantha Abbott-GU061701

Samantha Abbott
Albany, NY

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About my Fundraiser
Hello Friends and Family,

I hope you are well and enjoying our lovely spring weather!  Anyone who knows me, knows that I am passionate about the welfare and the education of young children.  This summer, I have been given the opportunity to participate in a week-long mission trip to serve children in the impoverished, indigenous community of Cruz Blanca, Guatemala. My church, Christ's Church Albany, is partnering with Vision Trust, a non-profit organization that provides love, education, and  care to some of the neediest children in the world. During our trip we will: help repair the Learning Center for the children, provide assistance to the teachers, help share God's love through a special children's program, and participate in a community day with the families of Cruz Blanca.  I am SO excited to be part of these wonderful projects and cannot wait to begin to serve on this trip!

As I get older, I realize more and more just how blessed my life has been.  With that realization comes a desire to look outward and serve others.  Just over three years ago, my husband and I were led to sponsor a child from Cruz Blanca, named Elmer.  Two years ago, I was blessed to go on my first mission trip to Guatemala and meet Elmer and the other incredible people of Cruz Blanca. The experience was life-changing for me!! I fell in love with the amazing children, dedicated staff of the Learning Center, and the other members of my mission team! Even though our trip was brief, the relationships that were created during that visit are still an integral part of my soul.  When the opportunity to go on this upcoming mission trip, in late June arose, I knew I had to be a part of it.  I am looking forward to serving this community and seeing our two sponsor children (after the last mission trip, we felt led to sponsor a second child-Karla) again! Words cannot even begin to describe how excited I am to be going back to Guatemala!!!

In order to help fund this mission trip, I am using my love of education to tutor children. I will be using the proceeds of my tutoring experiences to contribute to my mission trip costs.  However, I will not be doing this funding alone; you can help me with this journey! Together, you and I can help make a difference in the lives of these children in Cruz Blanca, Guatemala. I am looking for 35 of my friends and family to donate $50 to help me serve these children and their caregivers at The Learning Center. If you cannot donate $50, at this time, I would be very grateful for whatever you can contribute and your prayers. You can give by clicking the "donate" button on the right side of this page. Thank you for considering supporting my trip!

Grateful and with much love,

Samantha Abbott

If you want to learn more about the families and children I will be serving, please visit the following link: