By Romina Chang
Romina Chang is one member of a team from Sunset Church in San Francisco who recently traveled to serve for two weeks with Hands at Work in Zambia. The team diligently prepared for their service with regular team meetings, prayer sessions, and by fundraising and advocating in their local and church community. Here Romina describes the team’s fundraiser—a tea party and auction!
On March 29th, 2014, Sunset Church’s Africa short term mission team held a tea party fundraiser to partially cover the expenses of their trip. This experience gave the team a foretaste of how we will be working together in Africa when we go to Zambia in August.
God is gracious and good. The support we received in planning this event was overwhelming. Nothing was too little. The donations that we received helped us exceed our goal of $6,000! The bakers generously sacrificed their time and provided all the food. Everyone indeed had plenty to eat. This was made possible with the commitment of the church members and their friends and family.
There was a great sense of community with everyone helping. Everybody had a part in the day. While a lot of people were working behind the scenes, some were in the limelight. Jonathan Pong was an awesome auctioneer and helped raise a big portion of our fundraiser. Not only was he entertaining, he was also purpose driven.
The services being auctioned ranged from elaborate dinners to gardening as well as rock climbing, to just name a few. The bidding wars were friendly and many left happy and successful. I will let the collage of photos speak for themselves. While the live auction was buzzing, the silent auction was busy as well. There was a lot of action taking place around the tables.
For those of you who want to find out more about our ministry, please visit our page on the Sunset Church website:http://www.sunsetchurchsf.org/africa