Countdown - 10 days

The countdown is on. 10 days to go. Flights booked, visa collected, started thinking about packing.

You might be interesed in this video that New Day made, it gives a great insight into the great organisation it is and the great care the kids get.

I'm also excited to be joined by many more volunteers from Ireland! It's so great to see more people here being interested and called to come to China. In June, my sister Ciara and our friend Matt are coming to volunteer. In July; Sean, Amy Joy and Jenny are coming to volunteer and in August, Jumoke will be at New Day (though I'll only see her for a day before I leave). (In July Steph will join Ciara at Bring Me Hope summer camps for her fourth summer, and Emma will come back to China again in June and this time work at Elim Kids). It's very exciting that lots of Irish people are going out this year!

How much will this trip cost?
Flights, accomodation, internal transport and food will cost about €2300 / $2500 for two months in China. This doesn't include tourism or souvenirs which I don't fundraise for.

How do I fund these trips?
A mixture of personal savings, my parents helping me when they can, a very supportive Church, and individual donations from friends, my Church family and people I have never even met.

Why do I keep going back?
I think the verse in my blog heading sums it up quite well. I am really passionate about China and about orphans in China and I 100% believe this is a God-given passion.
"Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act..." Proverbs 24:12

What am I hoping to do long term?
My long-term goal is to move to China. I'm not entirely sure yet what I will do, and before I move long-term I may do a masters in education/social work/therapy and study Chinese formally.

Pray for safe travels and settling in and for our team this year!

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