Seeking to Serve through the 501(c)(3) Connecting with Love
(previously known as It Takes A Village)
Hello, my name is Michael Jancaric and I am currently a second year college student at the College of DuPage. I'm studying dental hygiene but I've always had a vision to empower people who are in need who didn't have access to many resources. When Priscilla told me about her dream of going back to Guinea West Africa through Connecting with Love (Prior known as It Takes a Village) to help teach children English, I knew this was my opportunity to give back to kids in need and help make an impact on other peoples lives. I've since learned that some of the children that attend All Saint's school come from very impoverished homes where their tribal dialect is the only language they know when they first start. I know that teaching these children English will give them a huge advantage in life. I am so blessed to have been born in the United States and I feel a responsiblity to give back to the world in some way. I feel that helping these children learn English will equip them whether they decide to go to college or look for job opportunities! This is why we are working to raise funds for our trip. We will be staying in Guinea for 3 months and trying to pay for all of this ourselves at our age is just too hard. We are looking for kind donors so that we are able to afford our immunizations, flight, housing, transportation and food while we are serving in Guinea. I'm also excited to be serving through the Anglican Diocese of Guinea West Africa. As an Episcopalian we share the same style of worship and I've always wanted to experience a service in another country. I hope to serve on the altar too like I do at home. I will keep you posted!
My name is Priscilla Elliott and I’m 18 years old. Two years ago I spent a summer in Guinea West Africa with my mother and I've dreamt of going back ever since. I was there through Connecting with Love helping 24 orphaned children. I never understood what joy really was until I hung out with the kids that summer. The children were always so happy to see me and eager to learn whatever I taught them. I'll never forget when I bought all the kids cookies one day as a reward for doing so good. Some of the kids saved the wrappers because they had never eaten cookies before. I knew at that moment that I wanted to help the kids in this country. They were so eager to learn and so loving that I couldn't imagine not doing all I could to help them move forward in life. As a Christian I just want to share the love of Christ with these children through giving my all to them and teaching them English. I know this will give them an advantage in life and it is such a small gift to give. I am praying that we are able to raise the funds so that we are able to go for the three month semester. Please consider helping us as we seek to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world!