I’m leaving for India tomorrow! :)

Hey y’all!

Just wanted to send a quick update that I’m leaving for my India mission trip tomorrow. I should be arriving in India late thursday night. Please pray for a safe and blessed trip! I’ll post updates when I return. God Bless!

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Ain’t no turnin’ back! I’m goin to India!

I would just like to report that I GOT MY TOURIST VISA AND PLANE TICKETS!!!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok, now that i’ve composed myself, let me explain. Monday April 28th, I filled out my visa application, and sent it off, via overnight FedEx with my passport to the visa processing office in Houston. Got notified on Friday via email that my packet was submitted to the embassy/consulate. From what I’d previously heard from other missionaries, I was assuming it’d be at least 2-3 weeks from that point until I received my passport and visa. Also, there was no guarantee that it’d be approved, or that it would be for the 10 year term i applied for.

Well, not only was it approved, and not only was it for a 10 year term, but I got it back exactly 1 week after it was submitted to the consulate. If that’s not God parting the Red Sea, then I dunno what is! :) Another good bit of news is that yesterday (Monday May 12th) I purchased my plane tickets to and from India. So that’s it. It’s settled. I’m goin! :)

It was already starting to feel real, and get me excited. But now it’s definitely settled in that I’m going to India for three weeks in July. Now I’d like to thank y’all for your financial support and ask that you would continue praying for the mission trip, for all of us who will be involved, and all those we’ll be ministering to. Stay tuned for more updates!

God Bless,

Sid

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July 2014 India Mission Trip Update/Prayer Request!

Hey y’all,

Just a quick update…..

Fundraising and garnering prayer support continues to go well. Please continue to pray for my mission trip, and all of the others who will be a part of it in anyway. Please also continue to give generously.

I’m super excited because this past Monday, I filled out the documents for my India tourist visa and sent them off, along with my passport, to the visa processing office in Houston. Please please pray that my tourist visa is approved quickly and smoothly, and that I receive it back ASAP so I can begin looking for and booking my plane tickets to/from India.

Thank y’all so much for your prayer and financial support. I’ll send another update soon! :)

God Bless,

Sid

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St. Lucia 2014 Easter Mission Trip – Prelude to India

I guess the good Lord knew I needed a tune up for the India mission trip. So how does he do that? Sends me back to my first love in missions, St. Lucia! :) Me, Mark Eckstine (mission partner from St. Lucia), and his daughter Ellie (who is like a little sister to me) were leading the trip. We had 20 students from Pope Paul VI Catholic High School in Virginia (DC area) who arrived on Holy Thursday and departed yesterday (24th). 

We did a little bit of work project type of stuff, and a whole lot of evangelization. It was an EXTREMELY blessed week, and I was blessed to be a part of it. Here is my reflection from our Desert Day prayer time, which we got to do at the Gros Piton in the southern part of the country. 

And please please please y’all continue to pray for the India mission trip I’m doing in July and my fundraising efforts. God Bless!

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Daniel 3 – Fire and heat bless the Lord (say what?!?)

ps 63 – my body pines for you like a dry weary land without water

its awesome when our life reflects the scriptures and when we realize that god knows us and knows our pain

the more we embrace sacrifice, the more we can be like jesus, the more we can endure, the more we can do for others

the sacrifice (our tough journey today) leads to blessing (extreme peace and unity w/God amidst the beauty of creation)

in reflecting on the small amount of voluntary suffering we’ve embraced on this mission trip during the 1st week of easter, I wondered, why this suffering during a season of rejoicing? and then I remembered that line from the passion where jesus says that “no servant is greater than his master” and tells his apostles that if he has to suffer then they have to suffer too. but he also teaches them that it is not a hopeless suffering, but a suffering full of hope that leads us to life w/him

“If we have died with Christ, we believe that we are also to live with him. We know that Christ, once raised from the dead, will never die again; death has no more power over him. His death was death to sin, once for all; his life is life for God. In the same way, you must consider yourselves dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus.” –Romans 6:8-11–

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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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