We are so excited to announce that we will be headed back to Burundi this May! We will be going in order to follow up with Leo’s family, check-in and continue to build on our Burundian relationships, and for Ladd to participate in his third African GLO Tour to fundraise for work in Burundi.
It will have been two years since we left Burundi with Leo, and we feel it is of upmost importance to have some face-to-face time with Leo’s parents. Originally we thought Leo would only be in the US for six weeks to six months. We would like to spend time with Leo’s parents and honor them and let them lead this process in the best way they see fit.
Additionally, we have many relationships in Burundi that must be sustained and built upon. Technology has made it incredibly easy to stay in touch with our friends and missional partnerships, but it can only do so much before some physical time together is necessary in order to maintain intimacy and trust. Ladd spent time investing in and discipling a group of men during the two years we spent in Burundi. Carley invested in many students that she would like to touch base with and re-affirm. Furthermore, there has been much political turmoil in the country and we would like to have an insider’s understanding on the needs of our friends and partnerships and know how to best support them in the most helpful way.
African GLO Tour…
Ladd will be, for the third time, riding in the African GLO Tour bicycle ride. Due to the political tension and violence in Burundi, the ride will be held in Rwanda instead of Burundi this year, but we will still be fundraising towards Burundian partnerships and organizations. The African GLO Tour is a fundraiser that was put together four years ago by Simon Guillebaud, a good friend and long-time missionary on the ground. Up to twenty-five men come from around the world to ride for seven days around the perimeter of Rwanda. It is through preparation for this exciting trip that each rider raises funds and awareness for one of the Great Lakes Outreach organizations. Great Lakes Outreach (GLO) supports a handful of organizations in Burundi including ministries focused on community and spiritual transformation, equipping children families and young leaders, social enterprise, sustainable development, evangelism and discipleship. Each rider gathers financial support and awareness for these organizations, which we have had an opportunity to witness in action first-hand. Ladd has recruited a couple of men from our home-church, Anthem, to go on the ride with him.
If you would like to support Ladd’s efforts in fundraising for these amazing ministries working in Burundi at a crucial time:
1) by mailing checks made out to Great Lakes Outreach to this address:
GREAT LAKES OUTREACH INC
PO BOX 2379
MT PLEASANT, SC 29465
2) Give online by clicking HERE.
2) by sharing this blog post and telling other’s about this opportunity we have to bless others
If you have any questions as to how finances work, or about any of the other subjects mentioned in this email, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Ladd and Carley