It’s been a busy year. I feel as if we haven’t updated you in months. Actually… now that I look back… it HAS been months. Yikes. Sorry!
Our family has been quite busy. But the main thing we’d like to update you on right now is Brian and my upcoming mission (vision) trip to Moldova on February 10th thru 17th. Last year, I went on this trip with some amazing women from all over the US (and Canada). This year, I have the privilege of taking Brian and 3 others from Paseo with me. Brian, Greg (our Lead Pastor), Tacey (our Admin Assistant & Event Coordinator) and Joe Feuille (our Student Ministries Director) will be heading over to a very cold Moldova.
The reason I am going to Moldova again and taking a team this time is because my heart goes the victims of human trafficking. Last year, my experience there only scratched the surface of what I know can be done to help end human trafficking. El Paso is one of the largest areas of sex trafficking in the United States being that we are located right next to Juarez, Mexico. Paseo is strategically placed to minister and provide resources for so many! We’re ready to make that step in partnerships and understanding how to be more of a help.
I will be working with Beginning of Life Moldova (a HopeChest in country partner) to help bring awareness to their programs that assist trafficked, abused and exploited girls/women. BOL operates three programs that we will be visiting/working in:
- A rehabilitation house – Girls live here after they have been rescued. The girls in the safe house are ages 8-16. They live at the safe house where they receive holistic spiritual and psychological treatment.
- A reintegration and independent living program – Once the girls have completed treatment they move to this phase of the program where they continue to receive ongoing treatment and begin to learn life skills, receive job training, and prepare for independent living. We’ll also visit with girls who have successfully completed the program and are now in independent living.
- Prevention program – BOL and HopeChest work in schools and offer training and support groups to educate vulnerable children and teens to connect them with services and prevent trafficking. We will be working in the schools and assisting with this program. There are pieces of the prevention program that deal with crisis pregnancy and abortion prevention that we may also be visiting.
We’ll also be meeting with staff, checking out the local area, learning about Moldovan culture, and participating in worship and just spending time with the girls. It’s EXTREMELY rare that outsiders are allowed in to work with actual victims of trafficking. This is humbling… a privilege… and I can’t wait for my team to experience all that I did last year.
Paseo (my home church) is strategically sending all of us on this trip to figure out how we can permanently partner with BOL/HopeChest in. Our ground costs are $1,000 and flight will be another $1,500 or so. Since Brian and I are both going, the total cost for both of us is $5,000. We humbly ask that you partner with us.
I’d like to ask you all to consider the following:
(1) Prayer: We need prayer. Moldova is far from “safe”. We actually had to sign a waiver in our application that stated we understood that there would be no efforts of negotiations if we were kidnapped. I highly doubt that will happen… but the fact that THAT needed to be signed warrant for SOME prayer. Please pray with us and FOR us. Please pray for our children. We aren’t taking them with us, though I really would love to one day… but for now, that they’d feel secure at home with the friends we are leaving them with.
(2) Financially: We need to raise $5,000. It sounds like a lot. It IS a lot if just ONE of us had to pay it. But if 50 people partnered with me for $100 or 100 people partnered with $50, that could be covered quickly. This letter is going out to 400+ friends/subscribers. Every little bit counts and is EXTREMELY appreciated.
If you feel called to help in this way, you can simply CLICK HERE (or on the Online Giving logo on the right column) and give your tax-deductible donation to Paseo. Just make sure you label it: “CLAYVILLE’S-MOLDOVA” in the “Description” section.
We are SO excited to do something out of our element as well as my comfort zone. Thank you, in advance, for your consideration in partnering with us in prayer and financially.
Now… for some family updates:
Chance is now 8 years old and in 2nd grade. He’s tall. And when I say tall… I mean he’s up to my neck. So maybe that doesn’t mean anything since I’m vertically challenged. Brian took him on a Daddy/Son camping trip right before school and they had the “Birds & the Bee’s” talk. Home conversation has been extremely interesting since. He’s loving soccer (though the season is almost over) and loves playing piano (depending on his mood). In school, he is excelling in math, reading and writing… and also has the privilege of learning Spanish and Mandarin. I love that they are starting this early on. We’re extremely proud of him… even in the moments we find ourselves asking him for the 7th time to take a shower within 20 minutes. The kid is brilliant.
Paxton is going to be 5 in a week. I’m not ready for my baby to be 5. This year is his first year in FULL day school. Confession: I still tear up sometimes. He’s reading quite well for his age and loves anything to do with numbers. He started soccer this year too and we are amazed at how aggressive this little one is. He has made multiple goals in every game he’s played so far. He’s fast too. Pax is also learning Spanish and Mandarin (and a much younger and less challenging level than Chance) and it’s really cool to hear the two boys conversing. Brian and I have had to keep up on our languages so we know when the two littles are planning a family takeover. I wish I was kidding.
Brian and I are doing well. We’ve had the amazing privilege of getting to coach many couples through their messy marital journeys. It’s humbling to see how God has used our story for His glory. No words can describe how thankful I am for second chances. On a low note, we are experiencing some financial hardship… but it’s nothing we haven’t clawed our way out of before. Overall… we are blessed with how much we have and how many people love us.
On that note… as a reminder, we are still raising support in our mission here in El Paso. Our group of financial supporters and partners have dwindled due to their commitment time running out, hardships, and so many other reasons. We are thankful for all types of partnerships… however, we humbly ask that as we approach this holiday season that you would consider partnering with us for your end-of-year donations. Remember… every dollar you give to us via Paseo is tax-deductible and it allows us to continue doing what we do here in the borderland.
We hope you are doing well. Please feel free to respond and update us on how you’re doing. We love you guys and love hearing about and praying for you.