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2020 Mission Trip Schedule

As we sit well into the first quarter of the year, we see many concerns about coronavirus. Something unknown less than 6 months ago is now completely famous, and reminding us all of how fragile life is. We are but a vapor, says the Scriptures, here for a little while and then gone. It’s a good reminder to make the most of the time He gives us!

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This is exactly why I’m writing to you now – to encourage you to make the most of your opportunities this summer! One way you can do that with Man Up and Go is join us on a mission trip to one of our locations around the globe where we do ministry – Ethiopia, Uganda, and the Dominican Republic.

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If you’re really adventurous, we definitely have spots for you too! We’ll be going on our 5th annual RAGBRAI Bike-Across-Iowa mission trip fundraiser in July, as well as Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for the Kids again next February (2021) – now is the time to commit!

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I’m typing this letter as I’m waiting for my flight to Uganda. We’ve partnered with Wheaton College, my alma mater, to take a combined 25 football players from there and Morningside College in Iowa on a mission trip for their spring break. It’s incredible that these guys are willing to serve on the equator versus party at the beach.

Over the last two years, 12 college athletes have chosen to sponsor kids in our Child Sponsorship Program. These guys aren’t just going to Africa for a photo op – they are looking for ways to join in what God is already doing.

Please be praying for us this next week! ​


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CEO, Man Up and Go Isaiah 1:17

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Social Worker Trip – Uganda, May 28 – June 7
We’re looking for 1 or 2 more to join us on this purposeful trip working specifically with the children in our schools and/or child children’s home. If you have social worker experience, we especially want you! ​
RAGBRAI Bike-Across-Iowa, July 19-25
Biking enthusiasts and advocates for the fatherless, join us once again as we strap into our saddles and bike across the state of Iowa to bring awareness to the plight of the fatherless.
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Authentic Masculinity Trip – Ethiopia, July 22-31 
Man Up will be headed to Ethiopia in July to visit and encourage the leaders and participants of the Authentic Masculinity Program in Korah. These men have committed to growing in biblical masculinity, expanding their knowledge of business and income generating activities, and paying back a micro-loan provided to them by Man Up.
Child Sponsorship Trip – Uganda, July 28 – August 6
  Over 400 kids depend on Man Up sponsors for food, housing, and/or schooling. We currently have 80 sponsors. This trip will include special outings where sponsors can interact with their kids, but also for kids who need sponsors to feel included in the festivities. ​
Authentic Masculinity Trip – Ethiopia, Sept 18-24 
We will be conducting trainings with about a dozen men, helping them craft their business plans, and visiting their places of employment. This will be a quick but impactful trip and we’re excited to see what God will do on it!
Child Sponsorship Trip – Dominican Republic, October 9-15  
We will be working alongside our partners, Pastor Kendar and his wife Hozana. who pastor a church in Los Tres Brazos, a marshy area along the Rio Ozama. zana runs CECCAI, a school for K-3. Man Up runs a child sponsorship program out of CECCAI.
Authentic Masculinity Trip – Uganda, November 12-19  
We will be heading to Uganda for a quick trip to participate in the graduation ceremonies for men completing our 14-month Authentic Masculinity Program. We will also have time to conduct trainings with the men and visit their places of employment. 
Climbing Aconcagua Fundraiser Adventure – Argentina, January 2021 
We have just confirmed that this trip is on like Donkey Kong! We had such a good time climbing Kili last year that a couple of our guys are trying for the 7 Summits – that is, climbing the tallest mountains on each of the 7 continents. Next up? Aconcagua! This one’s not for the faint of heart. More details to come – stay tuned! 
Climbing Kili for the Kids Fundraiser Adventure – Tanzania & Uganda,
February 10-24, 2021
An “adventure” is an understatement. We will be climbing all of Mt. Kilimanjaro’ 19,341 feet. Then travel to Uganda to visit those projects which will be benefitting from the money raised from the climb. Are you brave enough to join us?
After a 2-year hiatus, the Bracket Breaker Challenge is BACK!! Create a championship bracket while making a tax-deductible donation to support a cause everyone cares about!
Additionally, we send out a special email that gives more backstory to the request we post. To receive this email, you must be signed up as a #PRAY127 Champion. Click the link below and request to join this insider group of Champions who are committed to interceding on behalf of the ministry!

If you live in the greater Tampa Bay area, please make room in your schedule for Saturday, March 28th! We have partnered with Focus on the Family to bring their Wait No More event to Tampa that day from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. 

Since the Bay area is ranked #1 and #2 in terms of counties with the most children in foster care, the need is so great! You will be equipped and learn: 

* How to become an adoptive of foster parent
* How to serve those who have already adopted or are currently fostering

The event is FREE and that comes with a Chick-fil-A lunch, but you must register. Please register by clicking the link below and tell your friends! We believe it’s going to be a great day for Jesus and for our kids.

This is Shakirah. Shakirah is a student at Bethel Junior School in Uganda. She along with several other sponsored children were hand delivered gifts and letters from their sponsors by our team that is in Uganda this week. 
We love working with our partners in Uganda and the Dominican Republic to provide basic care (and extra nuggets of love) for children who wouldn’t otherwise have it.
We still have many children who need to be sponsored. Will you pray about sponsoring one today? 

We have several upcoming events in the Southwest Missouri and the greater Tampa area for you to check out. 

Take a look at all of our events and see how you can join in the Fight for the Fatherless!