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Building an orphanage in Sierra Leone, Africa.

"The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit."
-Nelson Henderson

Imagine looking into the eyes of a child who is parentless, hungry, and alone. This child doesn’t have the luxury of playing with friends like our own children do; they must spend their time finding the basic necessities they need to survive. Instead of a life filled with laughter, love, and joy, their life is hard, dangerous, and often hopeless.

Sierra Leone has thousands of children just like this. Thanks to a ten-year civil war, these children don’t have a parent or guardian to look out for them. There’s no one there who can provide them with shelter, food, water, and clothing. They don’t receive an education, which means they’ll likely spend the rest of their life at this level of extreme poverty. They live on the streets, abandoned and alone.

*What I’m Doing
In a few months, I’ll be traveling to Sierra Leone, Africa with Just Hope International to help build an orphanage for the children I just described. The orphanage will be located in the town of Bauya, where there are 571 children under the age of 18 who are, right now, living on the streets.

This orphanage will be a safe place for these children. They’ll have a comfortable, supportive place to live, and be given the food and water they need to flourish. They’ll also have a chance to get an education, which will increase the chance they’ll thrive in life.

*How You Can Help
The total cost for this trip is $3,000 per person; this includes the cost for airfare, transportation, room and board, food, and other essentials. Any excess goes to help support the construction of the orphanage and meet the needs of the children. However, my goal is to raise more than this amount and give the excess to my team members who are raising funds.
I’m asking for your help and partnership in this mission.

If you can afford to support me financially, I, of course, would love that. But if you can just pray for us, I would really appreciate that. If you could send a check to me at the below address, or donate here online, that would be great. Or if you need your donation to be tax deductible, you can make a check payable to our church, The Bridge Fellowship, along with a note saying what the money is for, and send it to the following address:

The Bridge Fellowship
5066 Lebanon Road
Lebanon, TN 37087

My address:
Jay Simmons
75 Abbey Road
Lebanon, TN 37090
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