Dea-ncing with the Stars!

Okay, I know I said I would post about simplicity today, but something came up and it has to take precedence. Instead of reinventing the wheel, I’m just going to cut and paste the email I sent out to my friends and family… You’ll get the general gist of it. Suffice it to say I am way out of my league. Way. Out. Of. My. League. Someone save me. Please.

Dear friends and family,

I can’t stop chuckling as I type this email because I can’t quite believe that I’ve found myself in this situation. If you know me well, you know that I am one of the clumsiest people around and that I routinely trip over my own two feet. When I was a kid, I was the last to get picked for the team on the playground, and now that I’m all grown up I’m just lucky I have a permanent dance partner in my husband or I would still be cooling my heels on the sidelines. But in two weeks that’s all going to change…

Have you ever seen the TV show Dancing with the Stars? Thank goodness I caught that one episode or I’d be completely in the dark! I just learned last night that Northwest Iowa is hosting its own version of the popular show, Dea-ncing with the Stars, as a fundraiser to help Dea Lieu, a missionary and entrepreneur from the Ivory Coast. Dea is facing severe kidney failure and is in desperate need of a transplant. However, as a non-insured, non-resident of the US, his hospital bill is somewhere in the $300,000 range.

That’s where Dea-ncing with the Stars comes in. At 7:00 on February 12 in the BJ Haan Auditorium, this rhythmically challenged Dutch girl with two left feet is going to be one of six area contestants as we try to raise money for Dea’s surgery. It’s going to be a fun-filled night that’s sure to leave you with fond memories of my many falls across the stage. I’ll be happy if I can keep it to just one slip, Aaron’s betting on at least two. He’s a wonderful cheerleader, don’t you think? 😉

Anyway, I’m emailing you because I need your help. First of all, every dancer is trying to get $1,000 in pledges before we take to the stage. I think we can do better than that! My personal goal is $2,000–because who doesn’t want to see me try a salsa in front of hundreds of people? No, seriously, we can do better than that because Dea needs our help! A Dordt student recently offered his kidney. All I’m asking for is a donation. Second, I’m asking you to join us at the live event on February 12. Because what’s a little public humiliation among friends? Tickets are $5 at the door and all proceeds go to Dea’s surgery.

Thanks so much for your support! If you’d like to donate, please click this link and follow the instructions. Or, if you’d rather give the check to me (payable to First CRC, “Dea Lieu medical expenses – Nicole Baart” in the memo line) I’ll pass it along.

With fear and trembling,


Want to learn more about Dea? Read this article in the Sioux City Journal, visit his Facebook page, or his Caringbridge page.

Dea & Charlotte Lieu have had a desire to help their people in Ivory Coast since 1987. They helped set up a Demonstration Farm & Training Center, which helped hundreds of farmers learn new farming practices and business skills and learn the Good News of Jesus Christ.

In 2002, civil war broke out and the farm and all the animals were destroyed… Dea and his family fled. Dea came to the US and earned a degree in Missions & Agriculture from Dordt College, in Sioux Center, Iowa.

In 2007, Dea returned to Ivory Coast, gathered a group of enterprising Christians to form The Association of Christians Fighting Against Poverty (ACLCP) in Ivory Coast. The ACLCP and it’s Global Business Affiliate in Northwest Iowa have worked to rebuild the Demonstration Farm, the Training Center and the loan program for farmers and small businesses, continuing the mission of bringing Christ to all they meet. One of ACLCP’s goals is to be self-sustaining through the establishment of several enterprise operations: grasscutter husbandry (already started), egg production, feed mill operation, beekeeping, broiler production and escargot production.

On a recent trip back to the US, Dea was diagnosed with severe kidney failure and was informed that he is in desperate need of a kidney transplant. Please pray for the board of the ACLCP and the ministry that needs to continue on while Dea is, Lord willing, restored to health and restored to ministry in Ivory Coast.


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