Good morning world!
In order to keep true to the promise I made about updating you on the crazy life of Johnny and June, I should let you in on a new exciting adventure we are embarking on! No, no babies. Sorry Mom if you just peed yourself a little.
We are heading to El Salvador in February, leading a team of 10+ college students, for a missions trip with Christ for the City. We've actually done this trip before, back in February of 2010, and it was amazing. For real. Life-changing experience. First, CFCI (Christ for the City International) is a kick-butt organization. They have missionaries stationed in countries all over the world, and their mission is to show people the love of Christ by meeting the needs of the people. For example, in El Salvador, medicine/doctors/medical care is the biggest need their people face. In fact, they have the lowest amounts of doctors per people in all of Central America. And medicine like ibuprofin is a luxury. So, we are taking some medical students (pre-med, nursing, etc.) with us to volunteer in a clinic that CFCI runs five days a week. I've been in this clinic, and most days there is a line a block long with people needing medical treatment.
Another cultural factor is soccer, or el futbol, as Johnny likes to say. In fact, Johnny is a lover of el futbol, playing his entire life, including college. That's my man :) Anyway, we also take some soccer athletes, and they get to run soccer camps during the day with kids that are either living in poverty or completely homeless. Seeing them laugh and getting to love on them is so amazing. Plus, when you play futbol with them, they are much more ready to listen, especially when you share about Jesus.
We have a definite 10 students coming with us, but we may have a few more in the works. We have only 3 months to raise the funds to go on the trip, but we aren't worried. Johnny has some crazy fundraising ideas, including the mustache-masquerade (a ball where everyone comes with mustaches, including the ladies). Oh wow. Can't wait for that one. There will be pictures for sure. If you would like to give any funds for the team, you can do that on the website. I will give you all that link when it's up and running.
Last time, it was an incredible 8 days. We laughed. We cried. We sweat. We bonded. I got peed on (by a baby with no diaper...oh yes), and Johnny and I learned so much about pouring out our relationship together. We are completely stoked (yes I typed "stoked") for this experience with more students. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. And we'll keep you posted as the next three months unfold. And yes, we are still busier than a firework store on the fourth of july weekend. So, proceed with caution. There may be explosions along the way :)