BY ELLIE ZELLER
VALOR CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR
I have recently been given the opportunity to travel to Thailand this upcoming spring to serve some of the world’s poorest villages and tribes. My team and I will be building houses and sewage systems for the Akha tribe, which is the poorest and most undeveloped tribe located in Chang Rai, Thailand. Additionally, we will be spending time in an orphanage to love on young orphans and teach them skills that will lead them toward a successful future.
I have already become very close to my teammates (about 20 of my classmates ranging from freshman to seniors) for the Thailand mission, but nothing can compare to the lifelong bonds that we will all build together while serving as a family in Thailand.
The Discovery program is an outreach program for the students of Valor. Last year Discovery sent teams to over 35 different countries to serve.
This is my second trip through Discovery. Last year I traveled to Tegucigalpa, Honduras where my team partnered with a church that feeds and takes care of kids. Many of these kids live in tin huts, slept on the hard dirt ground and only ate when they were given food by the church. We built a basketball court, donated food to the church and cooked meals for the kids and their families.
The biggest thing that Valor has instilled in me is the desire to humbly serve others. Whether it be something as small as sitting with a transfer student at lunch if they are sitting alone, or helping teacher clean up the classroom at the end of the day, to something as impactful as donating all my clothes to the church in Honduras. Valor has truly done an amazing job at teaching the students to desire having a servant’s heart.
The cost of the trip is just over $4,000 and only one person on my team has ever been to Thailand. It is a scary thought, but all of us are blindly trusting in the plan and having faith in the calling that we felt to go serve in Thailand.
I am reaching out because I need your help to make this trip possible. I have designed a clothing item line called FROM DUST. It is scripture inspired coming from Genesis 2:7 For then the Lord God formed man FROM DUST of the ground. Essentially, the meaning behind the saying “from dust” is a statement of belief that you were humbly created by God from nothing but dust but made into the beautiful life that you are living today.
However, if religion is not your thing, the saying can simply remind you that you’re human and it can connect you back to your humble roots. If you purchase an item, all proceeds will go toward sending me to Thailand.
More information can be found at bonfire.com/from-dust.
Contact Ellie at: email@example.com
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