As many of you already know, we are excited to announce that we are heading to Africa this summer to join Young Life and their 2017 Climb for Change. This is a special mission trip that not only provides the opportunity to roll up our sleeves and serve in one of the special Young Life sponsored camps for the children of Africa, but it also provides an opportunity for us to climb Mt Kilimanjaro as part of an even bigger cause! As part of Climb for Change, we will be spending 6 days and 5 nights climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. There is no doubt that this climb will push us physically, emotionally, and spiritually further than we have ever been pushed before, but we are also trusting that it will light an internal fire within each of us that shows us what is truly possible when God pours out His blessings and favor over His children.
Not only are we doing this alongside of some of the most amazing Young Life leaders in the world, we will also be climbing step-for-step with all three kiddos, Chase, Cale, and Chaney. Instead of heading off for a traditional summer “vacation”, the kids asked us if we could do something this year that would allow the five of us to give back in a BIG way. They wanted to dedicate their 2017 summer to making a difference in the lives of others….so we dove in and decided to join Young Life Africa by helping to fund a mission that will give the children of Palestine opportunities to attend camps where they will hear about Jesus, His love, and His gift of salvation for the first time in their lives.
Each climber on our trip is being asked to raise $10,000, which will go directly to the Young Life Climb for Change fund that has been helping build camps to spread the love of Jesus and His Word throughout Africa for the last 11 years. Even though $10,000 may seem somewhat manageable, a $50,000 contribution on part of our entire family has put us into a complete dependence on the Lord. However, we also know complete dependence like this is when our Heavenly Father loves to show up and remind us that no prayer is too big and no dream is too vast for HIS plan to be fulfilled.
We know we can’t do this alone. We also know that we are surrounded by so many people that have hearts bigger than the continent of Africa alone. We aren’t asking for you to give beyond your means, but please know that anything you can contribute will forever put your mark on our hearts….and the hearts of all of those children over there that haven’t yet been given the gift of hearing about Jesus and his gift of eternal life.
As a final comment, we encourage you to check out Chase, Cale, and Chaney’s pages as well (you can find them on the main page under “climbers”), as they each are praying that God opens the doors that will allow them to each raise their $10,000 individually. However, please know that a donation to any one of our four pages, will all go towards the Roberts’ Goal of donating $50,000 to Young Life’s 2017 Climb for a Change. As an added perk, all donations are tax deductible.
Thank you again for the impact you have already made on our lives. We love you and can’t thank you enough for helping make this mission a reality. We will be keeping you posted every step of the way!
Shawn and Lj