23rd-30th June 2012
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
Why did you want to do the Kilimanjaro trek challenge?
I’ve wanted to climb Kilimanjaro since I was about 15 yrs old. I was born and brought up in East Africa, so the mountain has sort of been around for many years in my life! I always assumed I would climb it before my family left Africa but the opportunity never came about and we returned to the UK when I was 16 yrs old. I’m kind of pleased now though as it means I get to climb Kilimanjaro for something that’s very dear to my heart and returning to my childhood home for the first time in 22 years will be such a joy.
Why did you choose to support Chance for Childhood?
I feel passionate about the projects Chance for Childhood supports for many reasons! I’ve had a heart for children and a calling to minister to them for many years now. I’ve been involved on several short term missions trips since 1999 and I’ve seen the difference that even a small amount of support can make to people’s lives, particularly children, as it opens up a future for them.
Witnessing first hand situations of extreme poverty has changed me. At times I’ve felt overwhelmed and at a loss to know how to respond to the situations I’ve witnessed, but being able to channel some of that through supporting work that offers real, life-changing hope to those suffering through poverty has helped me to integrate some of those experiences in a positive way. I really believe that once you’ve seen, you have a responsibility to do something.
What did you find the most challenging about the trek and the lead up to it?
So many things! Fundraising all that’s required and beyond! I so wanted to see Chance for Childhood’s projects blessed through this climb.
I also needed to improve my fitness level from mediocre to hard-core mountain goat! (Which involved giving up chocolate!)
What did your faith mean in all of this?
I have felt that God has inspired this idea to climb Kilimanjaro but I also know it will be one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced and I’ll need His grace every step of the way. It is an act of worship and obedience, and also intercession on behalf of the children I’m raising these funds for. This climb is a shout of praise to God for transforming my own life and, out of that, a declaration that He can transform their lives, however broken.
How much money did you want to raise?
As much as possible! But I had set a target of £5,000.
I would so appreciate your support, your prayers and any donations you could give towards this climb. Thank you!