Friends and Family,
With some big changes coming up in our life together, Natalie and I wanted to send you a letter to catch you up to speed!
We currently work for a non-profit ministry called Lost Orphans International. This ministry exists to rescue, love, and empower abandoned and orphaned children in southern Vietnam. Our hearts have grown bigger and bigger for this country through this ministry and what it’s about; showing the love and hope of God to the people and children of that community.
We have been presented with the oportunity to GO and support this ministry in Vietnam. Through months of prayer and thought, we have found that this is where the Lord is leading us. This August, Natalie and I will go with other Lost Orphans International staff to Vietnam for about a week to see and take part in the ministry at work there. The intention of this visit is also to prepare us for moving to Vietnam the end of next year! We will be moving to Vietnam for two years in September 2013. We are beyond excited to be given such an oportunity and are eager to make our first visit there.
Obviously with a decision like this comes fear and anxiety, but underneath that we are standing with confidence on the firm foundation God has laid for us. He has gone before us and will be with us through out. Our hope and trust remain in Him. Please pray for us as we prepare for this new direction in our life together. Pray that as we get ready for this change we would keep our eyes on the Lord, that God would provide strength in our weakness, and that above all He would be glorified.
Please support us with prayer and encouragement as we move forward. If you would like to take part in sending Natalie and I to Vietnam and helping us sustain our ministry there financially, you may donate by going to www.lostorphans.com, selecting the “Donate” tab and writing “Joey and Natalie Darwin” in the comments section of the form. If you would like to donate by check you can make it out to Lost Orphans International and mail it to us at; Joey Darwin 15725 Artist Way #41041 Addison, Tx 75001. Please also write our name in the “memo” line.
For our upcoming short term visit this August the cost will be $5,000 for both of us to go. We have currently contributed $4,000 ourselves and still have a little ways to go! Any excess funds that come in now will go toward our long term stay in Vietnam, as we will have a continued need to raise support while we live there. We will need to raise, through either one time gifts or continued support, $35,000 a year for our work in Vietnam. Please consider being a financial support to us during the two years that we live there. Our work in this children’s home will not bring in any income for us, besides the support provided, Natalie and I will also be praying for and seeking out jobs that we can do within the community to sustain ourselves and ministry. We will be selling t-shirts and other items between now and next year to help draw attention to this work as well as bring in support, you can email us at email@example.com, or follow us on any of the social media sites listed below for information on these items as well as updates on our journey.
We are beyond thankful for you.
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