Hi there! I hope you're having a great new year! Despite the unusually warm temperatures for this time of year, the rain and wind has made it near impossible for me to get on the water. So, I've been keeping busy with my work and a new book based on this blog.
During the end of 2016, I challenged my clients to take on a "passion project" for the new year, something personal they've always had a desire to do or accomplish. My own passion project for 2017 is to publish a 30-day devotional based on this blog. This project combines three of my passions: my love for God, writing, and stand up paddling.
I plan to use money from the sales of the book to help fund a mission trip I will be taking to the banks of the Amazon River in Brazil. So far I've already raised $1,775 and have only $725 to go!
I’ve been told that if there was ever a mission trip to get me out of my comfort zone, this would be the one. We'll be sleeping in hammocks on a small boat which is cool, but I’m a little nervous. I'm not afraid of the piranhas or of the Zika virus, but I can’t say the same about the anacondas since I have an intense snake phobia.
We'll be serving with an organization called Justice and Mercy Amazon that exists to educate, equip, encourage, and care for the forgotten people of the Amazon by building schools, educating jungle pastors in God’s Word, caring for children with special needs, and offering emergency food and medical assistance to those living along the Amazon’s endless banks.
If you'd like to contribute with the purchase of my new book, you can CLICK HERE to pre-order a copy at only $10. If you prefer to give more, you can do so at http://justiceandmercy.org/pay-for-a-mission-trip/ (change the dollar amount to your preferred value and include “Lori Bumgarner, July 2017” under the field labeled “trip participant/trip date”).
I encourage you to also take on your own passion project this year. If you need help, let me know! Thank you for being such a faithful follower of SUP: Spiritual Understanding & Prayer on a Stand Up Paddleboard!