Quick Hello

July 4, 2010

Sending a quick update from South Africa! We’ve been here about a wek, and have already been through Jo-burg and are now in East London. We’ve been busy everyday, tomorrow is a semi-rest day (we get to sleep in and then are going to some kind of lion park), that’ll be a good break. In a couple days we’ll be flying up to Uganda where we’ll be another 17ish days. There it’ll be more nonstop work every day. I’m really looking forward to it!

If you’re looking for more frequent updates, please visit the team blog here. Love and miss you all! I really appreciate all the emails and notes of encouragement. It is always great to hear from home! Hope all is well, Happy 4th of July!


Africa 2010!


Days Away

June 21, 2010

In less than a week I and 15 other people will be on our way to South Africa. We’ll be there for 11 days traveling between Johannesburg and East London speaking at churches, high schools and universities, villages as well as a couple events around the area of the World Cup. At the end of our time in South Africa we’ll move on to Uganda. Here 4 more members of our team will meet up with us. We’ll be in Uganda for the remainder of our trip, another 16 days.

In Uganda we have a lot of very exciting plans! We’ll be connecting with a production crew that will travel with us, we’ll be setting up concerts  in different village areas. We’ll also be taking a bunch of miscellaneous supplies such as computers that different contacts have requested to help assist in their day to day activities. We will also be bringing a TON of donated soccer equipment for the kids down there. I am especially looking forward to spending time with the people, and learning each of their stories!

I’m looking forward to this trip immensely! I’m looking forward to going with this group of people, getting to know each member of our team on a different level, to experiencing new and different cultures, to meeting new people, and hopefully making a positive impact on their lives not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. I’m  also looking forward to seeing how God will use me and the rest of the team, and how God will use the people we come in contact with to impact our lives.

I’m thankful to all who have made this trip possible! Not only for me, but for each and every person going with me. I ask though that each of you would continue to keep this trip and each of us and our families staying behind in your prayers. I look forward to sharing my experiences with each of you when I return.

If you’d like to stay connected with my thoughts while away, I will try and update this blog with short updates on our trip and our current happenings. But be sure and check Facebook and Twitter to be sure that you don’t miss anything!

Thanks again! God bless!

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Africa 2010!

The Time is Drawing Near

April 26, 2010

It’s been a long few months fundraising and getting all the details finalized for this trip. We’re now just over 60 days away from leaving on our way to Africa! It’s so exciting to see everything falling into place as the final arrangements are put together. But the work is not done, and your help is still needed! Funds still need raising for this trip to happen. I encourage each of your to prayerfully and thoughtfully consider donating and supporting the efforts of this trip.

One of the more exciting details being finalized is our visit to the northern region of Uganda, in Gulu. Here we will be bringing music to the village and hope to the people.

I ask that you would please consider being a part of the vision, and consider supporting this journey to serve.

Details on how you can support may be found here. I encourage you especially to consider purchasing a shirt.

I would also like to offer a huge, heartfelt THANK YOU to all who have already offered their support in this trip! Without each of you, this trip can not happen.

Thank you so much! And please, share this with your friends.

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Africa 2010!

Fundraising Updates

February 10, 2010

Hi all!

It’s been a good few weeks since launching this site and getting my fundraising underway for my trip this summer. The response from everyone has been astounding! But the work is not done yet -there is still much that needs to be done in order to reach my end total of $4,000.

In the past weeks here is what has happened:

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Shirts from Sam

February 5, 2010

As many of you have heard, I specially designed a T-Shirt to help raise funds for my trip to Africa this summer. It’s been a long process of designing, refining, and finally getting them printed, but they are finally ready! There are several ways to purchase shirts:

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Skate for Africa!

January 16, 2010

Calling all skaters in the South Bay! Friday, January 29th, 2010 myself and another girl going to Africa will be hosting a skate competition to help raise money for the trip.

The competition will be held at the new Hope Chapel Youth Center Skate Park (The old Alberstons building). The building is now a complete youth center featuring a full indoor vert/street skatepark. The park is completely designed and built by skaters in the South Bay area and we want YOU to come ride it. So please come check out the park, enter the competitions, and support a good cause!

All the details below!

January 29th at Hope Chapel Youth Center
Doors open at 6:00pm, competitions begin at 6:30pm

$4 entry fee per person for 2 competitions:
Stair Session
Jam Session

Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd!

Additions details available on Facebook

For more information on this trip, please see previous post.

Africa 2010!

Tech Drive!

January 14, 2010

I recently discovered a new way to fundraise. Simply put, it’s a gadget drive. Personally, I am not afraid to admit that I am a geek… I love technology and especially love to see old electronics get reused and recycled.

Using the gazelle system, they essentially turn your used electronics (laptops, cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras & more) into cash to support a cause.

In this way you are not only helping by supporting me, but you are also able to proactively remove the clutter of old electronics from your home.

Contributing to my drive is simple. Just visit my drive webpage, SamInAfrica.gazelle.com to find the value of the gadgets you would like to donate, and send them to Gazelle (shipping is free). The system couldn’t be easier! I urge you to please consider donating to this cause via this gadget drive.

If you would like more information about this trip, please see previous post. And please, SPREAD THE WORD!

Africa 2010!

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Gadget Collection

Cans With a Cause

January 13, 2010

I know with the current state of the economy and all, times are tough to simply cut a check in support of a cause. As another way of supporting me in my Africa 2010 trip I am asking for recyclables.

Just some food for thought to help in your consideration of donating your recylables:

  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours — or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline.
  • Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour! Most of them are thrown away!
  • Every month, we throw out enough glass bottles and jars to fill up a giant skyscraper. All of these are recyclable!

And so I am asking that you would consider donating your cans, plastics, and glass bottles to me in my fundraising efforts.

If you would like to support me by means of this collection, I will gladly pick up any bag of recyclables (within reasonable driving distance). If interested, please contact me. Thank you so much! Spread the word, please!

As always, if you would like more information about this trip, please see previous post.

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Going to Africa!

January 12, 2010

This summer I have an amazing opportunity to be a part of a team traveling to South Africa & Uganda. Over the course of about a month (June 27-July 24) we will be visiting several communities to encourage the people, and bring assistance where it is needed.

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Hello world!

January 12, 2010

Welcome to the mind of Sam. Nothing too interesting to see just yet, but rest assured, I’m just getting started.