Well this time it has not been long at all since you have heard from me. Oh, I’d say, maybe two days. I wanted to quickly update you on what I am up to. I also wanted to tell you that I am going back to México!
Currently I am still working as a server in a restaurant. I am still looking for a professional job (darn economy!). I am planning on going to grad school no later than August 2010, probably in Atlanta. I have started dating a magnificent woman named Amanda who loves Jesus so much. I still live in Augusta, and will be moving to another house soon with more roommates. God is still working in me and leading me and transforming me into the image of His Son. I am still trying my hardest to love Him more than anything in this world and glorify Him above all. And of, course, on May 3, I will be traveling back to México!
I am so excited. If you read my update from my trip to Guanajuato, you will know why. This year, however, I am not going with a medical team. This time, we are going with Habitat for Humanity to Nayarit, México. I will be going with a group of grad and undergrad students from Georgia Tech, sponsored and led by North Avenue Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.
I am also excited because we will be laboring with future homeowners on the very houses that they will be living in. It will be a great opportunity to serve the Lord and others with my muscles and hard work while simultaneously sharing the gospel and demonstrating Christ’s love. We fly down on May 3 and fly back on May 10.
Nayarit is a small west coast Mexican state, just northwest of Guanajuato. The Habitat for Humanity program in Mexico is one of the largest international programs Habitat supports, so we should be very productive while we are there. If you don’t know, Habitat for Humanity’s primary mission is to eliminate poverty housing worldwide by partnering with local residents in creating programs to build simple and decent above poverty housing. They also provide low to no interest loans so that people who apply for and receive this housing opportunity can realistically pay it off. That is just a part of what they do, though. I encourage you to find out more by researching their website: www.habitat.org.
I believe the Lord is calling me back to México this year, and I am fully excited about going. Last year the Lord put a desire in my heart to invest myself in furthering the Gospel in Latin America. I believe that this is another opportunity He is giving me to do so. This opportunity also continues to put me in situations in which I must trust the Lord to lead me through and depend solely on Him for guidance and resources.
Here is where you come in. Please participate with me again in sharing the love of Christ with the people of México! As I mentioned last year, even though I am the one physically going on the trip, you can have a huge impact by participating with me. The biggest need for participation is through prayer. Please pray for the unity of the team. Please pray that the Holy Spirit would greatly equip us, prepare us, and would precede us and prepare the hearts of the people with whom we will be in contact and of the entire community. Please pray that the Lord would make us effective and efficient tools of His to minister His love and reconciliation to all those that we touch because of this trip as we speak and work. Please pray that He would provide all the resources we need, both physically and financially. And please pray, above all, that this trip and each person going would glorify Him and His name in the greatest ways.
Another way you can participate with me in this trip is by supporting us financially. If you are interested or feel that God is leading you to participate in this way, you can find very simple instructions for how to do so at the bottom of this email. You may also contact me if you have any questions or want more information.
I look forward to sharing this with each of you again this year, and I look forward to hearing what the Lord is doing in your life as well.
For the Glory of Christ,
Instructions for how to participate financially:
1: If you itemize your tax returns and want a tax deduction OR want a formal receipt, make the check out to “North Avenue Presbyterian Church.” Leave the “For” line blank. I will fill that in with the appropriate information. Send the check to my address.
2: If you won’t get a deduction for it, just make the check out to me, “Daniel Upshaw,” and send it to my address. I will send you confirmation that I received the support.