34/40 of the way to India! :)

Hey y’all,

Just confirmed this past week that after last weekend’s bake sale, my fundraising total is around the $3400 mark. That means only $600 left to my goal of $4000! Isn’t that amazing? Praise God! From saying “Yes” a few months ago, with $0, to being only 3 months away, with almost all my money raised, it truly is a testament to God’s providence.

Please continue to pray for the latest fundraising letter that arrived at all my benefactors’ addresses a little over a week ago, that through sharing the news of my mission work, these generous souls would help me reach my goal. Please also pray for the trip, for all those who are part of the trip, whether it be my fellow missionaries, or the people we’ll serve. You can also pray for a friend of mine who is feeling very called to go on this trip, that she would be filled with faith and trust in God and begin to take those steps and know that God will provide.

Last but not least, please pray for my mission trip to St. Lucia this week. St. Lucia was my first love, as far as missions is concerned. That was my first mission post as a full-time missionary, and I have many fond memories of that place. Me and Mark Eckstine (my mission partner from our time in St. Lucia) will be leading a group on an Easter week mission trip to St. Lucia. Mark arrives Tuesday to begin preparations for the group, and I arrive along with the group on Thursday afternoon. It looks like we’ll get started bright and early with a 3am traditional way of the cross through the streets of Castries on Good Friday morning! The rest of the week will be filled with nursing home visits, feeding the poor, evangelization projects, and work projects.

Y”all have a great week! God bless!

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Bake Sale was amazing! Fundraising letter arriving in your mailbox soon! :)

Hey y’all,

Just wanted to give a quick update. I had my bake sale this weekend at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Parish in Erath, LA and it was AMAZING! :) God blessed me with just over $1600!!!!!

I would like to express my thanks to:

Fr. Bill, who so generously allowed me to have the bake sale

Mrs, Lisa, Mrs. Vicky & Paige, Mrs. Kristy, Marcie, Mom, Nan Rhena & Derwin, Deacon Randy, Pat, and Elizabeth for donating items for my bake sale. I could not have done it without y’all! (sorry if i left anyone out)

The generous parishioners at Our Lady of Lourdes in Erath.

God!

This puts my fundraising total at just over 75%. Praise you Jesus! I’ve also got another donation comin in soon, and my fundraising letter is now arriving in your mailboxes, so things are lookin’ great! :) Please continue to pray for my fundraising efforts and for the India mission trip.

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Beg Letters Coming Soon! Bake Sale This Coming Weekend!

Hey y’all,

Just a few quick updates. But before I do, did you realize that this week I’M ONE WEEK CLOSER TO INDIA! WOOHOO!!!!!! :)

Ok, now that that’s out of my system, let’s get down to business. Fundraising total is still at the halfway point, but that’s about to change. As I may have previously mentioned, I haven’t received the most current fundraising update email from Family Missions Company that should reflect some recent donations.

I also just wrote, edited, printed, and signed (all with the amazing assistance of the FMC office staff) my India mission trip beg letter. Shouldn’t be too long before it’s folded, stuffed with a donation envelope, and mailed out to all my benefactors. These benefactors are the same ones I had when I was a full-time missionary, and a few more that I’ve accumulated since then. If any of you are interested in getting on my mailing list, please let me know!

Also, I’m having the bake sale this coming weekend at a nearby church parish. I’ve already had some moms at the school where I teach that they are not only interested in helping to bake some goods, but also that they’ll spread the word to some of the other mommas. Speaking of, my own momma is going to bake some stuff and try to get some of her sorority and mardi gras krewe friends to do so as well. God is really being so generous through all of these amazing people. :)

Please continue to pray for my fundraising efforts (through the intercession of St. Philomena) as well as the mission trip itself. If you would like to make a contribution to my fundraising efforts you can do so online at http://www.fmcmissions.com/donate – OR – http://www.gofundme.com/6x4fyg. Please be sure to specify “Sid Savoie – India Mission Trip”. You can also mail a check to Family Missions Company, 12624 Everglade Road, Abbeville, LA, 70510. Again, please specify “Sid Savoie – India Mission Trip”.

I hope y’all have a wonderful week. Y’all are in my prayers!

God Bless,

Sid Savoie

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Unofficially at the halfway point to India! Bake sale coming soon!

Hey y’all! Just wanted to share the great news that I’m unofficially at the halfway point of my fundraising efforts for my India mission trip in July. That’d be $2000 out of the $4000 needed for the trip. It’s unofficial because I have not received my monthly fundraising update email from Family Missions Company yet. But from talking with a few people, I know that I’m at the halfway point. :)

I also just confirmed with a priest friend at a nearby church parish that I’ll be able to do a bake sale after all of the weekend masses on the first weekend of April. Please pray for the success of the bake sale. And if you are in the Lafayette or Abbeville area and would like to bake something that I can sell, please let me know and we’ll coordinate a pickup.

I would also ask you to continue praying for my fundraising efforts and for the success of the mission trip. For anyone who feels called to contribute financially to my mission trip, please visit the following websites: http://www.fmcmissions.com/donate – OR – http://www.gofundme.com/6x4fyg. On the FMC webpage, please try and remember to specify “Sid Savoie – India Mission Trip”. You can also mail a check to Family Missions Company, 12624 Everglade Road, Abbeville, LA, 70510. Again, please specify “Sid Savoie – India Mission Trip”

Thank you for your help and I hope you have a blessed week!

Sid Savoie

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Only 115 days until India Mission 2014!

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Hey y’all! It’s me again, and I’m here to give my weekly India mission trip update! This past week, as campus minister at Vermilion Catholic High School in Abbeville, LA, I was privileged to run/host the 7th grade retreat for Mt. Carmel Elementary/Middle School. It was an amazing day, very blessed, and flowed very well. Why am I mentioning this to y’all? It’s because the success was due to the Holy Spirit and prayer, I have no doubt. And if the Holy Spirit can bring together a bunch of high school staffers, a WHOLE bunch of 7th graders, and 1 very nervous campus minister, then he can do anything! :)

For Lent my request for your help is to ask you to commit to praying for my mission trip. I firmly believe that if my fundraising and ministry efforts associated with this trip are founded on prayer, then it will be a success. Please please PLEASE pray for me and for this trip.

My fundraising total still stands at $1700, which is a little less than half of the projected $4000 I’ll need. If I haven’t mentioned it before, the $4000 covers airfare, trip fees and expenses, & travel while in India. And although my fundraising total hasn’t changed from last week, there have been some exciting developments. As previously mentioned, I will  have a small stipend coming from an Easter week mission trip to St. Lucia that I’ll be helping to lead. That’s going to go directly to my mission trip. I’ve just received confirmation that I can do a bake sale at a nearby church parish after all the Masses on one of the Sundays in April. A youth minister friend of mine also enlisted the help of her youth group and parents to help raise a few bucks for me. (When I was full-time with FMC I helped staff a mission trip with their group over in New Orleans last summer) However, I still need your help to reach my final total.

Please prayerfully consider making a donation to help me go on this mission trip to India. Without y’all, I cannot do this. It’s as simple as that. Remember that donations can be mailed to Family Missions Company, 12624 Everglade Road, Abbeville, LA, 70510. Specify on the check “Sid Savoie – India Mission Trip”. You can also donate online at http://www.fmcmissions.com/donate. Again, specify “Sid Savoie – India Mission Trip” when you send the donation. Finally, you can also visit my GoFundMe page at http://www.gofundme.com/6x4fyg.

Again, thank y’all so much for your help. I couldn’t do it without your generosity. Please keep me in your prayers, and know that you’re in mine!

God Bless,

Sid Savoie

Prayer Intentions for the India Mission Trip – July 2014

1)Please pray for myself as well as all of the other missionary participants who will be on this trip: Rachel S., S. Leboeuf, Stef L., Mallory H., Robyn V., Megan G., Malorie R., & Rachel S.

2.)Please pray for all those whom we will minister to, that they would be open to God’s love and truth.

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Use your Lent to help me get to India in July!

Howdy y’all! I’m pretty excited to be writing this update. Know why? It means that the India mission trip is one week closer! :) My grand total still stands at $1700 raised out of $4000. However, there are some things comin’ down the pipe, and you never know when God might inspire somebody who reads one of these updates to help me out.

Some exciting things to share….. 1.) A friend of mine that I was having dinner with last night expressed real, like REALLY REAL interest in also going on the India mission trip. I can tell you that as a missionary, one of the greatest sources of joy is when you get others excited about and actually interested in going on mission trips. Most importantly it means that you have yet another person who can really connect with you.

2.) During one of my many searches online for airfare, I discovered that it was actually CHEAPER to fly directly back into Lafayette than flying into Houston. Praise God! Now, who knows if it will actually be that cheap by the time i’m able to buy the tickets (sometime in late April), but, the fact that it’s like that is huge huge huge.

3.) I realized that in addition to blessing me generously with donations, y’all can offer up some Lenten sacrifices for my trip! You already know what kinds of sacrifices you can offer, so I’ll leave that up to you to determine. I’m gonna go ahead and list some things you can pray/sacrifice for in regards to this mission trip.

Don’t forget that online donations can be made in one of two places: http://www.fmcmissions.com/donate (make sure to specify “Sid Savoie – India Mission Trip”, or http://www.gofundme.com/6x4fyg. If you would prefer to mail in a donation, send it to Family Missions Company, 12624 Everglade Road, Abbeville, LA, 70510. Again, make sure to specify on the check “Sid Savoie – India Mission Trip”.

Hope y’all have a blessed week!

Sid

***INDIA MISSION TRIP PRAYER INTENTIONS/LENTEN SACRIFICE OFFERINGS

1 – For the spiritual preparation and well-being of everyone who will be participating in this trip, and everyone in India with whom we will be working alongside.

2 – For the openness of heart for everyone we will minister to in INdia, and during all of our travels in India, and even during our journey from the USA to India and back.

3 – For safety and protection during travel and at all points during the mission trip

4 – For successful fundraising for all who are attending the trip

5 – For all of the prayer intentions and needs of Family Missions Company and the entire FMC family

6 – For low airfares and related travel costs associated with the mission trip

7 – For the successful application and reception of Indian tourist visas needed to go on the mission trip

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17/40 ain’t too bad! July 2014 India Mission Trip update!

Well, as you can see from the title, fundraising and prayer support continue to be a success. Many thanks to all of you who support me with your prayers. All aspects of this mission trip and my involvement with it hinge on people lifting it up in prayer. :) I’ve got many friends praying for me, and my fellow missionaries who are stationed full-time in India are also lifting me up.

I continue to be blessed with funds as well. Last week I was at $1000. This week, after receiving a $100 donation, a $500 donation, and another $100 donation, my total funds raised stands at $1700! Praise God! I’m almost halfway there, so please continue to pray for me and this mission trip and all the various aspects of it. If you’ve already contributed, please consider sharing this blog post with others. If you have not been able to contribute yet, please prayerfully consider helping me to achieve my goal of going on this India mission trip.

Donations can be made through FMC’s website, http://www.fmcmissions.com/donate, and specify “Sid Savoie – India Mission Trip”. You can also make a donation through my personal fundraising page http://www.gofundme.com/6x4fyg . Or if you prefer the old-fashioned way, you can send a check to Family Missions Company, 12624 Everglade Road, Abbeville, LA, 70510. And again, specify on the check “Sid Savoie – India Mission Trip”.

Have a safe and blessed Mardi Gras holiday and blessed Ash Wednesday!

Sid

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July 2014 India Mission Trip update! $1000 out of $4000!

God is good! All the time!

I get so excited each week when I get to share with y’all how things are shaping up for my India mission trip in July. I am VERY happy to report that I received another $600 this week to apply toward my India mission trip! Praise God!

This brings my total amount to $1000! That goes a long way towards getting me to India but there is still so much to do. I still need to raise another $3000. I also need to be covered in prayer as I prepare for this trip.

Please commit to praying for me, for this mission trip, for my fellow missionaries, and those we will serve. Please also prayerfully consider contributing to my fundraising efforts.

In addition to your prayer support and monetary donations, you can also help me out greatly by spreading the word and sharing this blog post on social media. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc……

Remember that donations can be made online at http://www.fmcmissions.com/donate. Please specify Sid Savoie – India Mission Trip. You can also donate on my Go Fund Me page, http://www.gofundme.com/6x4fyg . You can also mail in checks to Family Missions Company, 12624 Everglade Road, Abbeville, LA, 70510. Again, be sure to specify Sid Savoie – India Mission Trip.

Thank you so much for your help! God Bless!

 

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India Mission Trip prayer requests!

Please pray for good airfare prices, good prayer and monetary support, and a blessed trip for both those who are participating and those whom we will serve! God Bless!

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India Mission Trip Update from Sid!

Hey guys, just wanted to post my weekly India mission trip update. My dollar amount is still at $400 this week, but things are looking good. I’ve been collecting some extra mailing addresses from family and friends because next month I’ll be sending out a fundraising newsletter to all of my benefactors from my days of being a full-time missionary.

Another good tidbit of news is that a good friend of mine, who is a youth minister at a Catholic church parish, has been doing a fundraising project for my trip with her youthgroup and their parents. This was a group that I assisted with when they came on a mission trip to New Orleans with us last year. I’m SOOOO thankful for such generous help! :)

The last update is that the mission trip will cost a little bit more than anticipated, unless prices come down on airfare. Mission trip fees (food, lodging, travel within India, and supplies) are $1200. The best airfare prices I can find are around $2700. Part of it is the itinerary, which has me flying from Lafayette to Calcutta, and then flying back from Mumbai to Lafayette. Another big factor is that it’s during the busiest (most expensive) travel time of the year for airlines.

Of course, you can donate by going to http://www.fmcmissions.com/donate – OR – you can visit a new fundraising link that a friend helped me to set up http://www.gofundme.com/6x4fyg

As always please PRAY! Pray for me, that I would continue to become the person God wants me to be. Pray that all who are attending the mission trip can be prepared and ready, both spiritually and in all other necessary ways. And please continue to prayerfully consider donating, as well as praying for those whom my updates and letters reach, that they would be generous.

Have a blessed week!

Sid

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