• An Alternative Way To Spend the Holiday Season


    Update #2

    Now that Christmas has come and gone, we can finally relax and ease our way into the New Year! However, things are still very busy for the Heffner’s as they are currently in the middle of their build for the mission trip in Guatemala!

    On December 26th the Heffner family along with 13 other volunteers set out on their journey to help build and create a home for a deserving family in San Raymundo, Guatemala.  Since we have been unable to keep in contact with the Heffner’s during their trip, we are continually sending prayers their way for a safe build and trip back home.

    Before departure, Mike sent a few pictures that showed just how excited they were to be able to visit somewhere that holds such a special place in their hearts, while helping make a difference for such a deserving family.  Check out the pictures below!

     Group- Guatemala Kelly and Brandon- Guatemala Mike and Kaitlyn

     

    During a conversation that Mike and I had prior to the trip, Mike mentioned that it takes quite a bit to prepare for a mission trip. A couple of the most important items needed to be able to organize and complete a mission trip include people and donations. Participating in the actual mission trip typically runs around $1,400 per person. This fee covers all expenses for the trip- a place to stay (dorms), a ride to and from the work site (travel by bus), and food/water. So, as you can imagine, it is difficult to recruit a group of individuals who are able to participate. On the other hand, the church provides all materials and supplies for the build. However, these are typically provided through donation- whether that be actual materials/supplies or some sort of monetary donation.

    So how can you help make a difference for upcoming mission trips? Become involved in some shape, way, or form!  Whether that be by raising money or saving money to go on the mission trip itself, or donating small toys, supplies, materials/supplies, or even money for the trip. Donations can be given to specific churches that participate in mission trips, such as Mt. Pleasant, or to CASAS Por Cristo -an organization involved in the planning and execution of mission trips.

    Make sure to stay tuned for the next update on #HeffnersTakeGuat or better yet, #GuatsImpact on the Heffner’s! 




    Update #1

    One of my favorite things about the holiday season is creating and searching for the perfect gifts to give to those I love. I’m sure we can all agree that giving a gift that represents the appreciation, love, and happiness you have is one of the most rewarding, joyful, and satisfying feelings you can experience. 

    While we are busy searching and giving our favorite findings this holiday season, the Heffner’s along with 13 other individuals will be spending the holiday season giving in a slightly different way.

    On Dec. 26th the owners, Mike and Kelly and their two children - Kaitlyn and Brandon Heffner, along with several other volunteers from Mt. Pleasant will embark on a mission trip to San Raymundo, Guatemala to help spread the giving spirit. 

    This mission trip will take a total of 7 days to complete – 4 days of building, a day of exploring the culture, and two days of travel. This will be the Heffner’s 4th time to Guatemala and their 2nd mission trip there. And although each mission trip is special, Guatemala holds a special place in the hearts of the Heffner’s since Kaitlyn and Brandon Heffner are originally from there. So having the opportunity to visit and experience the differences in the cultures only adds more excitement to this trip. 

    When asked what are you most excited for and what do you plan to accomplish while you are there, Mike mentioned his initial thoughts before his first mission trip 3 years ago. He went on to say that he originally thought about the impact that him and his team would make on the family they helped. And although they did get to leave feeling like they made an impact, they left feeling like they were the ones who received a gift. The gift of feeling blessed. The gift of joy. And the gift of seeing the positives in every situation. 

    So as for this time around, Mike said that what excites him the most is that he will get to share that exact feeling with another group of individuals. His main goal, outside of helping the family build a home to start their lives in, is to help his team realize how truly blessed they are and to appreciate even the littlest of things. 

    Stay tuned for the next update on #HeffnersTakeGuat or better yet, #GuatsImpact!