The Next Step

Yesterday, I broke the news about my upcoming trip.  Today I thought I would let you in on a few of the details of our trip.


Basically we will play in the mud and then teach some classes.  Not really.  Well kind of.  But not really.  =)

One of the projects is going to be to help some local farmers.  This is the “play in the mud” part of the trip.  We will be trekking up into the mountains to Bac Ha. Some  farmers in this village have received micro-loans from our organization and have used those loans to buy Water Buffalo, one of their most important resources. We are going to help them build some structures that will help protect these animals, and consequently the farmers’ livelihood, through the harsh winter months. While doing this, we will also be teaching the farmers’ wives English so they can speak and sell their wares at the international market.

I’m pretty excited about this aspect of the trip!  Have I mentioned before how much I love physical labor?  I may be weird, but I really do love it.  There’s just something satisfying about working hard in the outdoors.

In addition to some physical labor and personal interactions with the farmers and their wives, we have also been invited by the director of this province to lead a teachers training conference for the teachers of the province. (hence why they needed another certified teacher!) There will be close to 100 teachers from surrounding schools at this conference. We will be splitting the teachers into groups of 25, and I will be one of the lead presenters teaching and training the teachers in life skills instruction for the students. There will be other members of this team teaching other concepts, but my focus will be to train the teachers in ways to teach the students to be self-motivated and responsible and also on communicating in an appropriate way, i.e. greeting visitors, acknowledging others.

Playing in the mud = fun.  Teaching at a conference in a culture I don’t yet fully know = a little intimidating.

So the research has begun.  I’ve spent quite a bit of time looking over the material and have even found some really neat sites that can help me learn a few basic Vietnamese sayings.  I can’t stand traveling to a country and not be able to speak a bit of the language!   My paperwork is done, I’ve applied for my visa, and scheduled all my vaccinations.

I’m preparing as much as I can, but I still need your help.

The trip costs around $2200.  To be honest, that number has been what has kept me from agreeing to go before now.  That number can be intimidating.  But that number is nothing to God.  Someone commented on the last blog post that they were excited to see how God worked out all the little details.  Me too.   I know God already has picked out how and who He wants to use to send me on this trip. I know He has already determined the time and place the money will come from.  I know He is in control of that detail. So today I ask you to do nothing but pray and listen to the Lord. Is it you He has picked out?  If not, please obey God and just continue to pray for me and for the whole team going.

If, however, God tells you to financially support this trip, you can obey by.

  • Emailing me at  kariminter (at) gmail (dot) com  OR leaving a comment on the blog or on Facebook and let me know you would like to help and we can chat from there. I would love to answer any questions
  • Once I hear from you, I will send you my address and you can send me any contribution you desire. The check should be made payable to NorthWood Church with my name, Kari Minter,  and Bac Ha Oct 21st written on the memo line.
  • All contributions are tax deductible; however NorthWood will only send you a receipt if the contribution is over $200.

Thank you for all of your encouragement and love over the past few days!  Your comments and support have been treasured.  And thank you in advance for all your prayers and financial contributions.  Like the comment from yesterday stated, I truly do look forward to watching the Lord work out and finish what He started.





4 Responses to “The Next Step”

  1. TaLessa August 16, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    I am so uber excited for you!! Vietnam is awesome 🙂

    • kari August 17, 2011 at 1:10 am #


  2. Traci August 17, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    So exciting Kari!!


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