Dear Friends and Family of Franciscan,
As the director of Missionary Outreach at Franciscan University of Steubenville, I am writing on behalf of the students who plan to participate in the University-sponsored mission trips during the 2011/2012 academic year.
Missions of Peace, an outreach of Franciscan University, sponsors 12 annual domestic and international mission trips during semestral breaks. Student missionaries give up their personal time ordinarily used for rest and relaxation to make the Gospel message known to the whole world. These students generously give of themselves through various services such as youth ministries, chastity presentations, prayer services, home improvement projects, village ministries, and medical outreaches. As instruments of the Lord, the students witness to the love and mercy of God in different ways on each trip.
These trips not only accomplish great things in the cities and countries the students visit, but they change the missionaries’ hearts in the process. Missionaries often leave Franciscan University to start their own missionary outreaches and continue the good work they learned here.
Students are expected to raise all the funds necessary to participate in these trips. I invite you on their behalf to be part of the mission outreach of Franciscan University. Money is needed to cover the following expenses: transportation, lodging, meals, and supplies. One hundred percent of the funds raised are used for direct mission-related expenses. Any amount you can give will be greatly appreciated. Please see our web site (www.franciscan.edu/missionsofpeace) for information on giving. Even if you are unable to assist the missions financially, your prayer support is much needed and deeply appreciated. All those who make these missions possible play an integral part in the mission and are as vital to the success of God’s work as the missionaries themselves.
The student missionaries work as a team in fundraising for the mission trips; this is why we ask you to specify which mission team you would like to support. If a team raises more money than they need for their particular mission, the excess funds remain available exclusively to fund University missions or mission-related expenses.
Thank you for considering our invitation to participate in the spreading of God’s love and mercy. Without your help, our students could not do such great work or
encounter the face of Christ in the poor through these life-changing experiences.
May the Lord bless you abundantly for your generosity in supporting the missionary outreach of Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Sincerely in Christ,
Rhett YoungDirector of Missionary Outreach
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