But I needed to stop by here to announce that in less than three weeks, OUR FAMILY IS GOING TO UGANDA! It came up rather suddenly, when we realized that if we didn't go now, we wouldn't be able to go at all.
The following is a copy of our recent support letter:
Nine years ago two unsuspecting college students sent out a letter looking for support for a short term trip to Uganda. They could not have imagined what would come of it! Here we are in 2013, married, raising a daughter, running a nonprofit ministry and a fair trade business both of which are dedicated to advancing the Gospel in and through Uganda. What a journey it has been!
We have learned much along the way, about ourselves, about missions, and about the Lord. But one thing has never faltered: our call to Uganda. It is a place and people we love; a place we are always longing to return. That is why we are excited to announce our upcoming trip to Uganda this spring!
Scott makes two or three trips to Uganda each year for the ministry and business, but it has been over two years since Jamie and Vivian (age 5) have visited. We knew we couldn’t wait much longer, but finding a time to travel was no simple matter.
Our family spends a great portion of time traveling for the ministry and fair trade business, KANZI. We set up at conferences, concerts, trade shows and the like. Summer is an especially intense season taking us this year to South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Georgia (twice). As we stood in front of the giant wall calendar in Pearl Ministries' office it became clear that finding a window to visit Uganda this year was going to be tough!
May 6th is our departure date, which we realize is just around the corner! We will depart immediately after the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit in Nashville and return May 21st just in time to drive to east Tennessee for the wedding of a dear friend. It’s going to be a little crazy, but definitely worth it!
Our family will have approximately two weeks in Uganda. This is a short trip compared to those we have taken in the past. This means we need lots of prayer support. We will have much to accomplish quickly: important ministry meetings, assembling updates on the children, vision meetings with other teams and projects in Uganda, preparing craft orders and shipments, etc. We need prayers for traveling mercies, wisdom, grace, health and efficiency.
We also need financial support as this trip is funded with additional resources beyond the regular monthly giving to the ministry. We are seeking to raise $10,000 for the entire trip which breaks down to: $5000 for plane tickets and trip insurance, $1500 for fuel and transportation in country, $500 for lodging, $1500 for food, and $1500 for ministry supplies from USA and in country. Ideally, we are aiming to have this support raised by May 1, 2013, but due to the quick notice we will take any gift as it arrives.
We hope you will join hands with us as we embark. We have learned over the years that this is not something we do alone. We need the community of believers surrounding and supporting us as we serve. We are grateful for you. Thank you and God bless!
Scott and Jamie Laslo
Co-Founders and Directors | Pearl Ministries
That about sums it up. I am starting to get a little jumpy realizing how soon May 6th really is. Please, when you think of it, PRAY and if you are inclined to help ship our little crew back to the Pearl of Africa, financial gifts can be given at www.pearlministries.org/give. I hope to post a couple of times prior to departure and once we return with updates, etc.
|Windswept at Lake Michigan. August 2012.|