Foundations of Hope - Aaron & Brandi Riddle
Growing in up a Christian home we always had missionaries coming through our church raising funding to travel to foreign countries eager to tell others of God's word, to be a blessing to other communities and more. I've always had a 'soft spot' for those families knowing that they put their trust in God whole heartedly and give up all the luxuries we have here in the US because they know that God's Kingdom is indeed worth it. I use to wonder 'how can I help.' I knew I wasn't called to missions outside of the country, but wanted to support those who were. Their ministry caught my attention a few years ago because it involves one of my favorite sports. Soccer. I grew up playing for our church and through soccer we reached hundreds of children in Clemson and surrounding areas. I loved the sport, I loved making new friends and I learned over time that it's not just a game, but it's an opportunity to show the grace of God through teaching as well.
Aaron and Brandi Riddle were called to serve in the Highland Region of Quetzaltenango also known as Xela, Guatemala. In 2014 they created and used a weekly soccer ministry, personal evangelism and various activities with a local church in La Esperanza. Their soccer academy takes the local children out of the streets and introduces them to the Word of God and teaches them life skills like respect, discipline, teamwork and more.
Through their website I researched just how we could help them and their goals for their ministry. They're looking to raise over $100,000 to build their own facility so that they can better serve the community. They're averaging around 70 children a week and need a larger field so that they can minister to several age groups. They'd like to create a store to sell merchandise and hopefully make their ministry completely self-supported. Financial support isn't all they need through. They need prayers. Praying that God opens the doors they need.
From their website:
Many of you may be wondering how you can help. We are a fully self-supported missionary family. We are totally trusting God for our support. There are several ways that you can help.
10 Partners to give $100.00 a month
20 Partners to give $50.00 a month
40 Partners to give $25.00 a month
Giving is simple and easy. There are two ways in which you can give. First, you can mail checks directly to our Missions Agency, World Outreach Ministries.
World Outreach Ministries
P.O. Box B
Marietta, GA 30061
Designate Checks for Aaron & Brandi Riddle #231
Or if you would like you can just visit their website at www.worldoutreach.org/donations, select our name in the drop down menu and give securely online. You can make a one time donation or select and set up a monthly donation to be automatically drafted from the card you choose.
Remember no gift is too small or too large. It will take several people being obedient to Christ to help us carry out his call for our lives. Also WOM is a fully accredited 501C3 so all gifts are tax deductible and you will receive monthly contribution statements for your gifts.
Even if your donation can only be done on occasion it's helpful! I'll be doing my best to work with the family and hopefully help them raise some funds! Faith. Family & Soccer. Sounds amazing doesn't it?
With Love & Awkward Hugs,
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