I’m married to a man with a foreign missions heart; specifically Russia. I believe his passion for the people of Russia is from God and I want to actively support him in fulfilling his passion. Recently, our family has been given an opportunity to do mission work in St. Petersburg and Vyborg, Russia. We have partnered with a wonderful organization called Paideia Missions. The Davidsons recently published this short video of why they started this ministry. Their goal is to “take an innovative, hands-on, and family-integrated approach to equipping parents worldwide for the purpose of discipling their children through Christian home education.”
Russia is one of Phil’s many passions and homeschooling is mine. I have seen the fruit of homeschooling through many friends and families and in my own family. I believe it gives the parents opportunity to build Godly character into their children and develop a deeper relationship that is much harder to foster when your children are away from home 6-8 hours a day, 5 days a week for 9 months of the year. As for academics, I believe I can teach my children just as well, if not better, then a public school teacher. I can give my children many hours of one-on-one time and curriculum tailored to their learning style.
I could write several posts on why I’m passionate about homeschooling but for now let’s stick to the mission trip! We will be helping to run a 2 day homeschooling and family discipleship conference and following up with families as needed or requested.
Below is the support letter we recently sent out. We have raised just over a 1/3 of what we need in order to serve the families in Russia. Due to time constraints and logistics it looks like just Phil, Natasha and Mikayla will be going this spring. We pray that all of our family would be able to go next spring to help with this conference. Would you consider giving to our mission trip?
Hello from the Wilson family in Lakewood, Colorado!
My family and I have some very exciting news to share and an important question to ask you.
Many of you know that Gaylene and I have a passion for homeschooling, family discipleship, and ministering to both believers and non-believers in Russia. Ever since I returned from the Siberian mission field in 1998, God has continued to shape this vision of encouraging the Russian people, specifically through family discipleship and home education.
For the past six years, Gaylene and I have been homeschooling our children. Many of my family’s greatest blessings are directly related to major changes in our lives that came about through homeschooling. We now have a strong desire for Russian Christian families to enjoy these same blessings, which brings me to share our exciting news.
In May 2015, Gaylene and I, along with our two oldest children, have the opportunity to partner with Paideia Missions to serve, encourage, and teach at a home education and family discipleship conference in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Our plan is to travel to Russia a week before the start of the three-day conference to help with final preparations and then stay a week after the conference to encourage the many new homeschooling families in the Saint Petersburg area.
The goal of this conference and Paideia Missions is to fulfill the Great Commission by promoting Christian home education and family discipleship. To learn more about Paideia Missions, please view Scott and Andie Davidson’s very informative video at http://youtu.be/KjTyvnCsCQo (copy and past the link into your browser) and visit the organization’s website at http://paideiamissions.com.
Now, as to our important question, we are humbly seeking support to fund this short-term mission trip. As the Lord leads you, would you consider making a contribution to Paideia Missions on behalf of the Wilson family? Our family’s trip budget has not been finalized yet, but our initial estimate is $6,000. Additionally, we ask for your prayers for wisdom, serving hearts, and good health while on the trip. Thank you for prayerfully considering our need.
As always, we hold you near in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord’s blessing be upon you.
In His service,
Phil Wilson (for Gaylene, and our 5 children: Natasha, Mikayla, Alexandra, Jonathan, and Katherine)
- All gifts to Paideia Missions on behalf of the Wilson family are tax deductible.
- If you are able to support this mission work, donations can be made online at http://paideiamissions.com.
- If you prefer to write a check, please make your check payable to Paideia Missions and attach a note earmarking your donation for “Wilson Mission Trip.”
- If you have any questions, please contact Phil at 720-252-3761 or email@example.com.
- If you prefer, you may also donate airline miles.
Taken at our church, Oct 2014