Container Load

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Mission: Mobility

On His Path and The Mission: Mobility Network volunteers loaded a 40’ container of medical equipment, clothing, and Kids Against Hunger meals on July 8th for the needy of Guatemala. The meals were packaged by students at WACO High School and area community members. Many volunteers collected the equipment, clothing, and personal items that were donated and helped inventory each piece to ensure an easy release once the container arrives in country. These used items and life-saving meals will be a blessing to many and God will receive countless words of praise and worship because of it.

Thank you to all who were involved!

Lemonade Stand

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Every little bit helps. This brother and sister team felt the call to serve by selling lemonade and donating the profits to On His Path for Mission: Mobility Network activities.

What a great example to follow! Every little bit helps and there is no amount too small for the Lord’s work. Thank you!

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 KJV

Worship – Gospel Concerts

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There was music in the air on the evening of July 16th in Washington and Winfield Iowa. On His Path sponsored two Christian bands, Loftland and Aquire the Fire, to perform at the annual Washington County Fair.

In Winfield, local singing sensation, Selah, held a concert in the park and served brownie sundaes. On His Path was the featured foundation for their theme “Music on a Mission” and received a very generous free-will offering. The weather was beautiful and a great time was had by all!

The smallest family will become a thousand people, and the tiniest group will become a mighty nation. At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen. Isaiah 60:22 NLT

Wayland State Bank – Promiseland Donation

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Local Bank is On His Path. Wayland State Bank of Wayland and Mt. Pleasant, Iowa began offering employees the opportunity to wear jeans on Fridays in exchange for a $2.00 donation. These funds are collected for at least one quarter then donated to a charity of the employees’ choice.

A bucket is also placed in the lobby explaining why the employees wear jeans and customers may donate to the fund as well. The Wayland branch chose to donate their jeans day funds collected from October 2013 to March 2014 to On His Path. What a fun way to motivate employees to give and have another reason to look forward to Fridays!

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Timothy 4:12 NIV

A Story of Transformation

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Cristian Alexander Ramirez was born in November 2011 with bilateral clubfeet. Cristan had his first visit to the Clubfoot Clinic in Santa Ana on January 24th, 2012. His mother Claudia Montes de Ramirez took him to the clinic with the expectation that this precious child receive a treatment for his condition. Cristian had his first cast that day and it was explained to her that he had to go through a series of casts. During that year he received several casts in order to correct his feet condition. Cristian tolerated the casts so well and after all of them, he finally had a tenotomy performed by Dr. Hernandez on January 10, 2013 (this took longer because mother did not take him every week, she took him every two weeks or more sometimes). When the last cast  was removed, he was fitted with his first braces on April 23, 2013 that he wore full time for three months. The braces have been adjusted in the follow-up visits as he grew, so he never had a problem with his compliance in wearing them. Cristian continues with the check-ups at Santa Ana Clinic with his last checkup on May 6, 2014 and his treatment continues to be a success. Cristian enjoys all the typical activities of two and a half year-old: running, jumping, playing soccer, etc. Cristian will not remember any of the discomfort during the process. For Cristian and his mother the Ponseti Method treatment, help and counseling received at On His Path clinic mean hope after the confusion and upset of knowing his condition at birth. Cristian’s mother is so thankful for the help received because for many parents in that same situation, it is not financially feasible to provide a treatment for their children. Ana Maria Marroquin – On His Path Counselor at Santa Ana Clinic comments: “We can say that we are thankful to God to see how Cristian’s family had the opportunity to see him walking. We know that Cristian Ramirez will be a normal kid and he will be able to take the opportunities ahead and he will have a great future.”

Cristian continues with the check-ups at Santa Ana Clinic with his last checkup on May 6, 2014 and his treatment continues to be a success. Cristian enjoys all the typical activities of two and a half year-old: running, jumping, playing soccer, etc. Cristian will not remember any of the discomfort during the process. For Cristian and his mother the Ponseti Method treatment, help and counseling received at On His Path clinic mean hope after the confusion and upset of knowing his condition at birth. Cristian’s mother is so thankful for the help received because for many parents in that same situation, it is not financially feasible to provide a treatment for their children. Ana Maria Marroquin – On His Path Counselor at Santa Ana Clinic comments: “We can say that we are thankful to God to see how Cristian’s family had the opportunity to see him walking. We know that Cristian Ramirez will be a normal kid and he will be able to take the opportunities ahead and he will have a great future.”

Submitted by: Mayra de Arteaga, On His Path – El Salvador

New Coordinator for El Salvador Clubfoot Clinics

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On His Path is pleased to announce Mayra de Arteaga, new Coordinator for On His Path’s five clubfoot clinics in El Salvador. Mayra was born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador. She is married and mother of an 11 year-old boy and 7 year-old girl. In her teenage years she received the Lord as her savior and she was inspired since then to work with children and served in the church for 13 years as Sunday School Teacher. Mayra studied a Bachelor in English degree at Universidad Tecnologica de El Salvador and graduated in 1994. Before joining On His Path, Mayra worked since 1991 for World Vision, a recognized Christian organization committed to help children, families, and communities and worked there for 16 years in the Customer Relations Services Department where she got experience working with development projects an providing administrative support to Support Offices and Projects in the communities. Mayra also worked for Compassion International as External Translator since 2008. She served as volunteer for Amiga Agency supported by Tear fund that helped Garifunas in the coast of Honduras with construction of houses and translation of the New Testament to Garifuna dialect. Mayra developed a strong sense of devotion to work with nonprofit organizations which seek specially to improve the quality of life of children. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and watching design and decoration programs, she also likes spending time with her family and children. Mayra is so grateful for the opportunity to work with On His Path and make a difference in the lives of Salvadorian children through the Clubfoot Program.

Holy Rolling

In rural India, a rickshaw is a self supporting tool and at the same time, it is a tool to rebuild Christian families. Due to deep poverty, many families are broken and my main concern is to help broken Christian families to rebuild and start a new life. Thanks to On His Path for their kind help in this project. At a cost of $425.00 each, four families received rickshaws to enable them to once again provide for themselves.

These are Christian families but due to their poverty, they were separated and became homeless people.  “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes”.

Now, by giving this self help tool, we are able to unite them and they have started new life again now. Praise Jesus! I have given gospel tracts to each rickshaw puller to give those tracts to those who sit in the rickshaw. When the rickshaw puller starts pulling it, the passenger who sits in the rickshaw will read through the gospel tract and will know about Christ. This rickshaw will work as a tool to spread the gospel of Christ through a printed gospel tract. Many thanks to Jesus and many thanks to my Brother John and Sister Jean for their compassionate heart towards the poor in India while at the same time spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Story submitted by Pastor Paparao, Mission to the Nations

Haiti Comfort

About Us – We’ve been here for 10 years and have 15 children and an infant coming. We take nothing but AIDS children. We took care of a lot of initial needs by selling our house many moons ago. We bought 10 year old vehicles which are now 20! Our dump truck which is torn apart right now is just too dangerous to transport kids in. Our van lived a very short life after six 5-year-olds put everything fathomable in the gas tank! Sad, but cute! They are all 9 & 10 now….Praise God! This ministry is certainly one big happy family but we need to raise serious money to accommodate our growth. We contribute our total reserve military pensions to what we do. After running operations, it’s gone.

A Blessing Arrives from On His Path. There’s a foundation that has stepped up for us in a big way twice before and noticed our transportation woes and invited us to apply for monies for a truck and yes, we were approved! What a gift from God! We picked up our new truck and it is a joyful time and a very thankful time. Why thank God? ….because He sees that we are provided for and protected. We, as Christians, give our glory to Him first and always. Many Christians, who act as God’s emissaries choose not to be exposed and therefore, we, for the most part let God be God and He will bless their lives. WE are not capable of doing these things.

Submitted by Trisha Comfort, Haiti Comfort

Haiti Update

As both the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and the second most densely populated, Haiti is especially vulnerable to natural disasters, climate shocks and disease. Access to sufficient quantities of nutritious food remains an issue for millions of Haitians. An estimated 38 percent of the population is hungry. Most children are raised on a skimpy diet of rice and beans. Lack of protein causes a variety of health and learning problems and is a major factor in perpetuating poverty. Three years ago, John Mitchell visited Operation Blessing’s Zanmi Beni Children’s Home in Haiti, and was touched by the need of this nation. On His Path invested in Operation Blessing’s Fish Farm and Hatchery at Zanmi Beni, an innovative project designed to provide sustainable ways to increase food availability for the population and help strengthen the economy. Haitians love but cannot afford fish. Inland lakes are fished out and accessible inshore ocean waters have been ravished by generations of desperate fishermen. At first, the vision for the fish farm was to provide fresh fish for the children in the Zanmi Beni orphanage, and if successful, expand and build a hatchery to teach aspiring Haitians about fish farming. God granted favor, sent experts to help and multiplied the resources. Completed in 2011, Operation Blessing’s Fish Farm & Hatchery at Zanmi Beni children’s home produced 52,000 pounds of proteinrich tilapia for consumption and resale in 2012. This modern-day “loaves and fishes” effort not only helped feed children at Zanmi Beni, but also nearby orphanages, schools and hospitals. The remainder was sold to support the orphanage and fish farm. The fish farm also provided technical advice and designed fish farms for local Haitians, so there are many small fish farms starting up around Haiti, including one on the campus of St. Damian’s/St. Luke’s Hospitals. Most importantly, Operation Blessing began “seeding” the lake and reservoirs of Haiti with tilapia. Operation Blessing’s Fish Farm and Hatchery is capable of producing 500,000 fingerlings (baby fish) that can then be seeded in ponds and reservoirs to help replenish the fish stock and be “ranched.” Unlike the fish farming done at the hatchery, where fish are raised in tight quarters and fed high-protein food so they can grow as fast as possible, this program works in open ponds, lakes and reservoirs. This is a small but mighty solution with powerful returns. All you need are baby fish that cost ten cents each, a body of water and sunshine – God provides the rest. Massive numbers of baby tilapia are released into Haiti’s lakes and reservoirs to forage on their own. Tilapia are herbivores and thrive grazing on algae the same way that cattle or horses graze on grass. Baby fish that cost a dime can grow into fish worth $5 or more in less than a year. OBI is pioneering fish ranching in Haiti, working with the Haitian Department of Agriculture as well as a faith-based local charity that builds lakes and reservoirs. With these partnerships, the fish farm has put over 1,000,000 fingerlings and fish fry into the lake to help jumpstart the fishing industry. The goal is to populate these and barren public waters all over Haiti with tilapia. As they grow and mature, fishermen will catch many to feed their families and to sell for income, but many will survive, breed and multiply, expanding the population for years to come. A small but mighty way to fight poverty in a nation that desperately needs your help.

Submitted by Ronda Sherman, OBI Executive Director of Philanthropy