By Lacee Floyd
I’ve noticed that as soon as the temperatures in Phoenix hit the 100-degree mark, the most common question becomes: “Where is everyone heading off to for vacation?” Like most Phoenicians I usually plan to escape the heat, but this summer I have a radically different adventure in mind…
From June 28th – July 10th I am heading to Nigeria to experience a way of life drastically different from what I have ever known. We often hear from our clients that Africa is on their top ten list (if not 1st) of places they’ve traveled. My itinerary will be slightly off the beaten path of sight-seeing or a safari; I have been invited by a dear friend to work side by side with her in an orphanage for disabled children. My friend, Lee Anne, lived in Nigeria for three years after graduating college. She volunteered at the orphanage, called Jesus Kids, taught at a school and served the community through various other ministries. Before returning to Nigeria this summer, she invited a small group of friends to join her for the last two weeks of her stay. We will serve the children and the community in many capacities and have our own hearts transformed in the process.
I have been blessed to work at a company that supports this kind of endeavor, graciously allowing me to step away for eleven days and focus on this opportunity to dive head-first into discomfort and more deeply experience what I believe to be the true source of joy. A joy that doesn’t come from “stuff” or circumstances, but from serving as the hands and feet of our Creator to those who are marginalized by their society.
Likewise, I am beyond grateful to have clients like you, who have shown just as much support! If you need anything while I am gone, please don’t hesitate to contact Kristin Greenleaf – she would love to take care of any of your needs. I’d like to invite each of you to be a part of our team by praying for us as we prepare and head over to Nigeria! Our desire is for safety in our travels, unity maintained among our team members, soft hearts malleable to God’s leading, clear direction in where He would use us as His servants, and to return home with transformed hearts.
We will be spending most of our time at Jesus Kids, so I wanted to share two of the children with you (below) so you may be praying for them as well. Recently, enough funds were raised to buy a piece of land where a two-room school house has been built which will be used once a residential facility is complete. If you would like to support them in any way financially, you can do so at:
Manley Baptist Church’s website: https://secure.accessacs.com/access/oglogin.aspx?sn=90181
- Select the “Jesus Kids–Nigeria” Fund
- In the “memo” box, designate your preferred destination (“Building Fund” or “Monthly Operational Costs”)
- Continue through the payment process. These donations will be tax-deductible.
Thank you so much for any and all of your support, prayerfully or financially! I look forward to sharing all our pictures and stories with you upon returning!