Here is a personal letter from one of our team leaders to China. The Benton family has been a tremendous blessing to the America World family for many years and we are excited to have Toni lead one of our 2013 mission trips to China.
Hi! I'm Toni Benton, and my husband Bill and I are blessed AWAA parents to 7 beautiful kiddos from China. Never in our wildest dreams could we have imagined all that God had planned for us when we filled out that first application back in 2000.
You likely know that AWAA has launched several ACT Mission trips for this summer/fall for the sole purpose of caring for orphans, and God has called me to lead the Shaanxi, China trip. "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you!" (John 14:18). We can't forget the orphans who are still waiting. So, we will COME to them!
Our daughters, Faith (18) and Theresa (12) are both Shaanxi girls, and they'll be going on this trip as well. Perhaps you and your child (ages 5 and up) would like to join us? We’re thinking of this as a heritage tour of sorts, combined with serving the King of kings and His kiddos too. Imagine the impact on their lives, going back to serve. Want to come too?
We want these precious orphans to know that they are not forgotten by us, and especially not forgotten by the Heavenly Father who created, formed and sees them. Will you answer the call and COME with us as we ACT out the gospel to visit these children? Come serve Him by caring for His children!
Our current team of 8 needs a few good friends to join us in loving on some of His kids who have no one else to love on them. Won't you pray about coming? The dates of the trip are 7/25 - 8/4 and you can get more details here: http://www.awaa.org/ACT/trips/China(Shaanxi)/.
"Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I. Send me!" (Isaiah 6:8)
Thank you, Toni for these beautiful words! This trip is right around the corner and we’ll be booking airline tickets and getting visas within the next two weeks, but there’s still time to join if you feel called to do so. Please feel free to contact us at 800-429-3369 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.