51 Days…but who’s counting…(ME!)

6 Jun

I realized it has been a while since I posted an update on my blog so I am taking a few minutes to do that.

Only 51 days until I step on the plane bound for Africa and the first step in a wonderful life-long continued journey to help vulnerable children and women.  You really know you are on the right track when the pieces begin to unfold nicely.  I haven’t even gone on my first trip, and I am beginning to envision more trips as well as wonderful opportunities here at home.

About a month ago, I was asked to lead Sarah’s Girl Scout troop in achieving their Bronze award.  The Bronze Award is the highest recognition a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. It helps girls improve the community around them while building leadership skills. To earn this award, a Girl Scout Junior will do a project that shows she understands and lives by the Girl Scout Promise and Law. To help guide the girls in their project, I will be teaching them what I have learned on my trip to Africa, introduce them to a “world view” of challenges children face including those in our community and throughout the United States, and take them on field trips that will help them find direction and inspiration for their individual or group project.  I am thrilled to extend my passion, inspiration and learned knowledge to these future leaders!

In addition, I am extending my research locally, reaching out to a variety of organizations learning about what their needs are and how I can help their efforts to provide hope and support to vulnerable women and children locally, in Africa and other parts of the world. As I do this, I become more aware of how much need there is, how fortunate I am, and how much each of us can do (even if it is one or two hours a month).

As far as my actual trip preparations go, I have received all of my shots, made a trip to the store to get my medicine bag ready, bought a mosquito net, began collecting new and gently used jump ropes to take to the orphans, and continue fund raising. My good friend (Gaynor) hosted a wonderful fundraiser tea this past weekend.  She made the most amazing scones with of course delicious cream and jam!  Thank you everyone who came out to support this event! Overall, fund raising for my trip is going well, but I am still about $800.00 away from where I wanted to be at this time.  If you would like to make a donation, the easiest way is through the link to Visiting Orphans (https://www.visitingorphans.org/cgi-bin/donate.cgi), the organization I’m traveling with. A tax deductible gift can be given by selecting “Kenya & Uganda -July/Aug 2012 WAITING LIST” and then entering my name (Tina Millican) when asked to support a specific team member (entering my name is an important step).

I would also like to sell 50 more notecard packs (I made these) to put me closer to my final payment which is due July 7th. The cost is $10.00 for a pack of three cards. The easiest way to pay for your cards is by sending me an email or post to this page as to the number of packs you would like and making payment in the same way as listed above.  Below is a photo of the card packs.

Every little bit helps! Thanks for your support and continued prayers that all needs will be met for this trip!

With a joy filled heart,




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