With the start of a new year and a new decade, there are new opportunities to live for something larger than ourselves: to live third. As many of you know, this will be F3 Nation’s fourth year to Chimbote, Peru with the mission of making a deep impact in an area where male leadership is woefully lacking.
Whether or not you can personally join this international mission trip, there are ways you can still be involved! I outline the why, what, when, who and how below. Though a lengthy post, it’s merely the tip of iceberg and I’ll continue to disseminate info as our hearts and intentions align.
The 1st F, Fitness, is what brings us together, the MAGNET. The 2nd F, Fellowship, is what holds us together, the GLUE. The 3rd F, Faith and which consists of giving back by living third, is the DYNAMITE. This trip is all 3 Fs on steroids.
Last year, Snoopdog & I had the privilege and honor to serve with our BotG from NC and it was a life-changing event…so much so that we’re going back but this time the intention is to share this profound experience with our BotG from Texas (and other parts of the nation).
“Way more than I expected. The best of all 3 Fs. What I didn’t know was how POSTING 5 days with the locals would change lives. Or how deep 2nd F could get in a short time with the PAX. But most importantly how building a simple house would instill hope, trust and faith into a family.” -SnoopDog
“Such a fantastic trip that surpassed all expectations. Though our are limbs are heavy from exhaustion, our luggage is light and our hearts are fuller than we would have ever thought possible.” -YHC
But don’t just take it from your local PAX. Check out Dredd’s why from his return trip last year: https://youtu.be/46uCANf7Bag
Beyond these F3 affiliated trips, several PAX have made personal trips back to Chimbote to further this community impact.
In a nutshell, we’re building houses for families living in abject poverty. I’ve included before/after videos to give you a better idea of change we effect. Words can’t properly describe these living conditions and these videos only do a slightly better job.
Additionally, here’s a recap of last year’s trip with all 3 Fs captured in 10 minutes: https://youtu.be/RoVuuSjBX_o
Friday, June 5, 2020 through Saturday, June 14, 2020. That’s only 6 days off work to change lives for the better while making memories that will last a lifetime.
This opportunity to impact lives is open to all of F3 Nation. So far, we have 5 HCs from Houston (YHC, Snoopdog, Inferno, HUD, Camelbak), and 5 SCs from around the nation including Dallas, Poway and Puget Sound. We are targeting a group of 15, which translates into 3 new houses for deserving families. The deserving Peruvian families are selected by a local social services organization that reviews and evaluates applications for assistance.
It would be incredible if, as a region, we can unify to contribute to a cause deemed worthy by F3 Nation 4 years running. I wholeheartedly invite you to take part in this year’s trip to Chimbote in one of three ways outlined below.
Come and be part of the Dynamite! Estimated investment per PAX as follows:
Non-stop flights IAH-LIM currently: $1,100
Building materials/furniture: $800
Flight prices are expected to decrease and have already within the past month. For those able to travel, I also hope to reduce the building materials/furniture costs through the generosity of those whose hearts want to contribute but are unable to travel. See below for more details.
As you can see above, the direct investment is steep. If you’d like to be involved but are unable to travel, I encourage you consider donating your treasure towards the cause, which will include the following:
- Building materials/furniture
- Impact gift specific to the family and determined by the PAX assigned to that family
- Impact gift specific to the community with the intent to create jobs, e.g., past years included lumber and bakery equipment
Travel donations (miles/points) are welcomed to help offset travel expenses. Monetary donations of any amount are welcome @F3Hostage via Venmo. When donating on Venmo, please include your hospital name, F3 name, region, and Chimbote.
We will be collecting the following
- Clothes for kids/women/men, keeping in mind the Peruvians are on average smaller than we are. Summer wear only please.
- Luggage to be left behind (many families use the donated luggage as furniture)
- More to be added as our families are identified
As some of you already know, I’m joining our BotG from NCat the end of this month in Peru. If you have any of the above goods to donate now, please DM me and I’ll coordinate pickup.
Though this post is about our international mission, local missions are in the works and more details will roll out on those as they realize.
I’m sure there will be more questions. I welcome all questions via F3Hostage @ gmail or calls/texts to 713-444-0321. #3rdf