Monthly Archives: June 2012

it’s getting close, but we’ve got a long ways to go.

On July 21, Sonya and I will be leaving for Kenya.  We’ve been on mission trips together before but not with 5 kids and not for 2 whole weeks!  We are both anxious and excited.  God has provided for our kids.  We have no worries about where they will be or how they will be cared for.  Praise God!

In Kenya, we will be working with a group of around 200 kids in the village of Machakos and the tireless woman of God who ministers to them, Monica.  With little to do and little supervision after school, the kids of Kenya get caught up in drugs, violence, and sex.  They are attracted to anything that seems to meet their needs.  It sounds like inner city America but it happens all throughout the continent of Africa with the neediest of kids.  These are the kids that Monica ministers to.  She works to meet their needs while sharing the love of Christ and hope we have in Him.  We will help her set up an after-school program to keep these kids off of the streets and share the good news of salvation in Jesus.

Before we return, we will also visit the Heart of the Bride orphanage in Uganda to teach bible to the kids and minister to the workers there.

But we need help to get there.  My trip is covered but Sonya still needs to raise about $1,700 before July 10.  That seems huge but we know God will provide.  If you would like to donate I have given the details below.  Don’t feel pressured to give a big gift or anything at all.  Only do what God leads you to do. If God leads you, whatever He leads you to give will be just the right amount.  Here are the details:

If you would like to financially support this trip, there are two ways you can give:

You can donate online by going to  Please choose “Kenya short term mission trip”, indicate the dates as July 21 – August 4, and put “Sonya Crisman” in the team member field.

Mail a Check:
you can mail a check to:

    Heart of the Bride Ministries
    P.O.Box 786
    Niceville, Florida 32588

Checks should be made out to Heart of the Bride Ministries accompanied by a note designating the check to Sonya Crisman for Kenya/Uganda STM Mission Trip.  All financial donations are tax deductible and you will receive a donation statement at the end of the year.
You can also get more information about Heart of the Bride on their website,

Thank you so much.  Please keep our team in your prayers as we prepare, travel and minister in His name!


Broken Praise

Rarely does a song move me to tears.  This one does.  Broken Praise by Todd Smith on the album Music Inspired by The Story.  It is sung from Job’s perspective but if you know the life of Todd and Angie Smith it takes on an even deeper meaning.  They have lost several children.  Two were miscarriages and one died shortly after birth.  So with that in mind…

If their story strikes a chord in your life you can buy Angie’s book here.