We are going to partner with organizations that help kids at risk. We will be going to share the Gospel and show the love of Christ to these kids and their families. We are looking forward to the challenges that taking this step of faith will bring and the rewards in spiritual growth. But it is the opportunity to serve others for our Lord Jesus Christ that excites us the most!
We will be working at a boy’s home doing light construction around their compound. We will also be working in a very low-income area bringing a VBS-style ministry to over 100 kids.
The cost of the trip for the two of us will be $1673. This includes passports, airfare, international cell phone access, food and accommodations while in Costa Rica. This also includes most GoFundMe fees, to help defray those costs. This is amazingly inexpensive for 2 people to be able to reach out and serve others for Christ.
We ask that you prayerfully consider donating to help us with the costs of this trip. If you cannot give financially, then please pray for us and our team as we embark on this great adventure! Also, if you can share this campaign page to your friends and family, that would be awesome! Any support that you can offer is greatly appreciated!!
We decided to try fundraising through GoFundMe (https://www.gofundme.com/y4nun2-costa-rica-mission-trip) because we have seen this to be a successful platform for other people to do fundraising. It is easy and relatively inexpensive. Their fees for this type of fundraiser are as follows ( https://www.gofundme.com/pricing):
5% GoFundMe Platform
2.9% Payment Processing + $.30 per donation
For a total of 7.9% + $.30 per donation. For example, a $10 donation will cost an additional $1.09 in GoFundMe fees. We are accounting for this in the above cost of trip, except for the $.30 per donation fee. The GoFundMe fees will be about $122.45 + $.30 per donation. If we were to get 100 donations, that's only an additional $30. So, GoFundMe is a very inexpensive way to fundraise.
Any donations over the trip costs and GoFundMe fees will be allocated to assisting other members of our team with their costs and/or costs of materials and necessities during the trip.
There are other ways to donate as well:
- You can give to Ethan or me in person.
- You can send a check to us or to our church (225 Centerview Dr., Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 or message me for our address). Make the check out to Mountaintop Community church. Do not put our names on the check. Put a note with the check stating it is designated for us for the Student Ministry Costa Rica Mission trip. Donating this way is tax deductible.
- You can donate via PayPal at https://www.paypal.me/MichaelDeveaux