He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Mark 16:15
I’ve always held fast to the verse about training up our children in the way they should go and when they are old, they won’t depart from it. I especially love The Amplified version that talks about pointing them in the direction of their individual gifts and bent. Although it hasn’t always been the easiest path, we are deeply committed to schooling in a way that focuses on the giftings of each individual.
Last year, we had our first opportunity of sending out one of our children. As much as we had focused on missions and in spite of the fact that I felt like we had been preparing our kids for this their whole lives, it was more of a challenge than I’d thought it would be, a whole new level of trust for Mom. We always have loved, read, and listened to missionary stories and taking part in missions in as many aspects as we have been able to, so I knew that I was pointing our children in that direction, and it’s been incredible to see God work.
Caleb enrolled in SCSL, South Carolina School of Leadership last year. He tells lots of people that I forced him to go there, which may have been slightly true, but it was more of a gentle suggestion, wink, wink. Thankfully he accepted the suggestion, took it to prayer and received his own confirmations. He can’t blame the second year on me, lol, he did that on his own. 😉
If you’re wondering what SCSL is, it’s a leadership and discipleship program, where students are encouraged to find their God given strengths and giftings, and to walk them out in their lives as they are building family relationships that will be with them forever. They learn to process their past and gain leadership skills for the future and so many other things to build their lives. Many work to pay their tuition, as well as go to school, and have active parts of community and church ministry. There are others who are doing college at the same time as well as gaining ministry credentials. It’s intense, but incredibly life changing!
Each year, there are several missions trips that the students choose from. Last year, Caleb chose Nicaragua. I didn’t really think too much about it, probably since my husband is from Guatemala, we’ve been there several times, and the cultures are so similar. I know he speaks enough Spanish to get by and felt like he’d be right at home. At the last minute, the Zika virus showed itself, and that trip had to be rescheduled, so he was contemplating a stateside trip. This is where the new level of trust came in. He called and said they’d put a new trip together, but would need special permission to go. It was in a remote village in Alaska, the crime rate and prejudice was high, there was no legal system in the town, no way to communicate, etc. We told him to pray and decide what he was supposed to do, he did, and he went. God did some really cool things there.
Caleb’s team in Alaska
Caleb & Valeria from the SCSL team and one of the children in the village in Kotlek.
This coming year he has an opportunity to go to Ethiopia. Before he found out that Ethiopia was a scheduled trip, he had a dream about Ethiopia. We already, as a family, have a love and passion for the people there, because we have friends who adopted from there and God has connected our families. This makes it extra exciting, so I want to come alongside of him in his fundraising efforts. Committing to this trip is a huge step of faith, because he is already working as much as he can in the free hours he has, but it’s just not enough to pay tuition, live, and plan for a missions trip. As a family, are asking for your vitally needed support. (Caleb’s support letter is below.) There are several ways you can play a key role.
1. The first way is to pray. We would ask that you cover every aspect of this trip in prayer from fundraising and provision, to safety and accomplishing God’s heart and purposes while there.
2. The next way is to give financially to help raise the $3600 he needs to go on this missions trip. Tax deductible donations can be made at this link and designated for Caleb Montejo, missions fund, http://www.scsl.com/giving/tuition-payments/, or checks may be mailed to Christian Life, 2700 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29210.
There also is a GoFundMe link, but is not tax deductible and they take a fee out. https://www.gofundme.com/scsl-ethiopia-orphans-missions-trip
3. The third way is to change where you shop. You’re already spending the money anyway, so keep spending, but allow part of it to go towards helping Caleb and these other students. Here are the companies I have affiliate links with, including Amazon and Ebay. You probably already purchase from them, but if you click my link instead of the regular one, it will generate commissions. Please make sure to keep this handy, so you will remember the links. They are listed here. http://www.joycemontejo.com/scsl-missions-fundraiser-links/ If you forget, just go to http://www.JoyceMontejo.com and there is a box on the sidebar that says SCSL Missions Fundraiser Links.
When you shop with these links, 6 to 30% of your purchase will go towards Caleb’s trip, depending on which company. My prayer is not to only support him, but to help as many of the other students as we can!!! I would love nothing better than to get his covered and several others or take the extra earnings and split between the students who still need help.
Many of them are working extremely hard and just can’t earn enough in the time they have to accomplish their goals, so it’s up to us to help them! Every time I see one of their GoFundMe links, I send up a prayer that God will raise up people to help these young people who are giving all to learn to serve God! What a blessing it would be to them, to have some of the financial stress and burden lifted, so they can focus more on the ministries they are working in.
So, to summarize, we need your support! I am asking you to join forces with Caleb and others to help raise the funds for their missions trips. I have heard many times that some are called to go and some are called to give to those who go. We have an opportunity to support those who are called to go!
Please share so we can get as many people using these links as possible! When you are ready to shop, come to http://www.joycemontejo.com/ and click on the block that says SCSL Missions Fundraiser and choose the link you need. I know it’s a little more work, but the rewards to these students will be worth it!
Hugs and Blessings!
Caleb’s Support Letter
Friends and Family,
Since I was a boy I have loved the rush of adventure. Whenever my family would pack up for a road trip, I would get a certain feeling of excitement. Part of the reason is, when I was a boy my mother would read me stories of missionaries going to foreign countries, it awakened a wonder for faraway places. I remember looking through my grandfather’s national geographic magazines and seeing tribes of people from Africa or Papua New Guinea, and telling my family how I wanted to go those places one day. Even though that sense of adventure has always been rooted in me, it wasn’t until last year, when my school took a trip to Alaska became more than just a trip for excitement. It was then when the passion for adventure and sharing the love of God with people became one singular passion instead of being a separate goal. When I saw how the love of God could heal broken people and how hungry people were for the love of God, it broke me like I had never been broken before. Now this year I will have the opportunity to go to Ethiopia and love on some kids in an orphanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. One of the things I remember from Alaska is a saying the Pastor Jimmy, our guide in Alaska, told us. “People are used to what they have been getting, but when you give them a taste of something different it makes them hungry for that new thing.” I have the opportunity to share that new thing, but there is always the matter of support. The whole trip is going to cost 3600 dollars, so I am asking people to come alongside me with your prayers and if possible your financial support. Thank you for taking the time to read my letter, love to all.