Monday, March 19, 2012

Facing mountains {an adventure revealed}

This is big.

A few weeks ago, my husband Kevin and I traveled to Bend, Oregon to meet with our friend and director of the Elisha Foundation, Justin Reimer, and his son, Elisha.

TEF is a non-profit organization that supports and serves families of children with disabilities. Eli, for whom the foundation was named, is 15 years old and has Down Syndrome.

We met up with them because, together, we are about to embark on a big adventure.
(some of us more literally than others)

Kevin (right), my man who is so very passionate about the outdoors and particularly mountaineering, is going to be leading a team of twenty people on a trek of a lifetime to the base camp of Mount Everest, at over 18,000 feet in altitude, in order to fund raise for TEF, whose purpose is close to his heart.

We're talking Nepal. An 18,000 foot challenge. 

For families who need help facing the mountain of challenge that is raising a disabled child. 
For disabled children here and overseas who are marginalized by society.
For intentionally bringing the love of Jesus to the least of these. 
One very exciting aspect of the trek is that Justin (left, above) will be joining Kevin's team, and Eli will be trekking alongside his dad (see below).

In Oregon, we spend a day at Mount Bachelor (above), we went snowshoeing, and we worked with an incredible video duo (more about them later) to be able to share this endeavor with you visually.

Watch this.

Each of the 20 trekkers will need to raise a radical $10,000 to benefit The Elisha Foundation.

That's $200,000 total.

Mt. Everest is BIG.

Helping meet the variety of needs in families with disabled children is BIG.

$200,000 is REALLY BIG.

But God is bigger.
In fact, we can't even come close to grasping just how big.

We hope and pray you'll join us in spirit.
We need a prayer covering, and we need financial supporters to make this happen.
We are so humbled to be a part of God's plans to love others
And we are so humbled to be invited to join His adventure.
{If you feel so led, we'd love for you to share this with others via Facebook, Twitter, or blog. Thank you.}



  1. This is a beautiful thing you're doing! Children with Down's have always moved me; they have the sweetest spirits.

  2. Great thing, hope u ll succes!xxx

  3. yay! amazing! just emailed you happy for yall and for this adventure!!!

  4. wow!
    you've got my prayers, friend.
    we know that with God, all things are absolutely possible!

  5. Awesome! My son Marty has Down syndrome and we are so blessed to have him in our lives! Psalm 139:14

  6. the video is my favorite:) so excited to follow along with this important, beautiful adventure! thank you, sweet family!! praying for your hubs!!

  7. oh friend, I love this and I love seeing this glimpse of your husband's must be so proud of him!

    praying for you, for favor and financial provision and for new glimpses of God moving in you and Kevin, for fresh revelation and for deep grace!

    I can't wait to hear your story as you journey through this next year of preparation!