KINGSBURG – Having served on mission trips to the Dominican Republic with Students International, Tad and Amanda Horiuchi say they’d now like to serve as a family. A trip is planned for July and the family has a ways to go to raise the needed funds.
“We’ll work alongside full-time missionaries and help with their outreach programs in their communities,” Tad Horiuchi said of the work they’ll take part in once there.
Amanda added that they’ve loved the work they did abroad and will find out what their family’s assignment is when they arrive.
“We will be assisting the full-time missionaries while we are there. We haven’t gotten word on what area we will be helping in, but it could be anything from playing with local kids to assisting with practical needs of the missionaries. We plan to serve anywhere we are asked to.”
Since this past October, they’ve been mixing dough to raise some dough and are now are planning additional fundraisers to pay for the July trip. They’ve baked a variety of treats for starters. They’ve made more than 360 cookies, Bundt cakes, 144 cupcakes, 96 cake balls, six loaves of bread, six trays of cranberry bliss bars, 48 lemon blossoms, 12 pastries and two birthday cakes, on top of decorating a home for the holidays.
“I am doing a lot of the baking with help from the family,” Amanda Horiuchi said. “Tad keeps track of everything and keeps my head on straight. It wouldn’t have been possible to get through the big baking orders without Tad’s help.”
So far, they have raised just over $3,300. After shopping around for flights, they estimate the trip will cost about $7,500.
The Horiuchis aren’t waiting until they get to the Dominican Republic to make service a way a life. For example, Amanda has volunteered as a big sister with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, volunteers at their church nursery and has served as a volunteer at KCAPS. Tad has served as a Young Life youth leader, currently serves at The Landing in Kingsburg and works on local community projects with Kingsburg Media Foundation. Together, they are youth leaders for Impact, the junior high youth group at their church. Recently they started serving on the board for Kingsburg’s Salvation Army.
Their family includes children Elli Ambriz, 11, Jackson Horiuchi, 11 and Alessia Ambriz, 8.
Just recently, the family hosted a hot chocolate and home-made muffin drive-through at their church, The Orchard Bible Fellowship - An Evangelical Free Church on Feb. 16.
“We’ve also had some generous friends donate to our trip,” Tad Horiuchi said.
The Horiuchis will continue taking custom baking orders through June to keep raising funds for the trip. They’re also partnering with Valerie Scott who’ll host a Lulu Roe party from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 24 at The Landing, 1849 18th Avenue, where a portion of the proceeds will benefit their trip. Another fundraiser is a silent auction and dinner hosted by The Orchard on March 23.
Readers interested in supporting their trip directly may do so online at the Students International website at http://bit.ly/2Ee6GWE. They also have a Facebook page, “Horiuchi Family Missions Trip” where details on upcoming fundraisers or events will be listed.
“We want our kids to experience giving themselves in this capacity while they are young and we hope that this shapes them as they mature and opens their heart to love others. We are so excited to see what God has in store for our family,” Amanda Horiuchi said.