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Mission: Mobility keeps rolling along! God continues to add new volunteers to the roster, nationwide! We recently had a regional manager of a wheelchair company donate 60 new wheelchairs to the efforts. These are now waiting in Louisville, Kentucky to be on the next container, with a possible ship date in April.

Iowa: The shed is filling up. Many thanks to the exceptional efforts of Rich Seberg. Rich has been great at finding chairs for the cause! Our goal is for a late spring shipment.

California: The Fresno crew is pushing hard for their first container. They are well on their way and hope for a container shipment late summer of 2015.

Pennsylvania: The volunteers in PA shipped their first container in early December of 2014 which arrived in Guatemala late January of 2015.

I recently returned from Guatemala, my 5th mission trip to serve with Bethel Ministries International. It was a blessing to be able to help fit 52 people with wheelchairs. One wheelchair we fit was for an elderly blind woman. She reached out to Tom and I and wanted to touch our hands so she could “see” us. She praised God for her new wheelchair! Many of the chairs we fit had a Mission: Mobility sticker that states the origin of the donated equipment. In the photo above is Ruby. Ruby is a long-time wheelchair repairman at the Bethel Ministries workshop. Ruby is working on a chair that was collected in Murray, Kentucky by our volunteers. 2014 was filled with many blessings! Many volunteers from many states have joined the efforts to serve by collecting wheelchairs and equipment, four containers were shipped, which in turn helped transform many lives with the gift of mobility. Looking ahead to 2015, please keep your eyes open. Consider joining our efforts by calling your local nursing home or hospitals or by watching garage sales. We are always needing wheelchairs, in any condition. We have also received a request for canes. We are all anxious to see what God has planned for Mission: Mobility in 2015. God is so good!

Submitted by Rick Fulton

Selah

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Selah is a ladies’ retreat that has been held annually in southeast Iowa since 2011. The word selah is defined as: a pause to breathe and reflect on the important words just spoken. Selah’s mission statement is: “To help women seek God and unite together for His purpose” Matthew 7:7-8 and Ephesians 4:1-16

The main purpose of Selah is to help women actively seek a deeper relationship with Jesus. Our desire is that Selah will allow women to pause and consider what God is speaking into their hearts and to let them understand the ways He has gifted them. It is our belief that in doing so, we may begin to develop and grow deeper spiritual roots. We hope Selah inspires women to unite together to use their gifts for Jesus, leading others to follow His plan for their life. Although the Selah retreat is held annually, Selah reaches women throughout the year, supporting ladies throughout their spiritual journeys. Selah was held October 24th & 25th at Whitetail Country Estates in Lockridge, Iowa, where forty women attended. This year’s theme was Joy! The keynote speaker, Joy Baade, took the ladies through her journey to find joy – she then talked about where to get it, what robs us of it, and how to share it. Also giving presentations were Denae Matherly and Nancy Iverson from Image Truth in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They gave presentations about the beauty each woman has been given from the Lord. On top of that they gave practical tips on how to build a wardrobe that compliments each individual’s skin and hair color and body type. Each lady received individual color analysis from Denae and Nancy. The registration fees for Selah were donated to the Mission to the Nations Women’s Rescue Sewing Center in Kakinada, India. Scarves and bags from India were available with the funds going to the Women’s Rescue Sewing Center. The Rescue Sewing Center saves women from human trafficking and sponsors them through a nine-month training program. Upon completion of the training, the women are given a sewing machine and materials to start their own business. Besides enjoying the speaking sessions, the ladies were able to take advantage of the beautiful property upon which Whitetail Country Estates is located. Thanks to the many ladies who volunteered their time and gifts to make this year’s retreat a success. A special thanks to On His Path who sponsored the retreat.

Submitted by: Nikki Johnson, Selah Coordinator

Truth Foundation

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While co-founders, Sam Reighard and Annie Powell, were working in the field of social work in southeast Iowa, they noticed a need for Christian based mental health services. We know a few facts about Mental Health in America: Mental Health is the #2 cause of disability in America and the #2 cause of premature death in the US. Along with those facts, we also know southeast Iowa is one of the most underserved regions in Iowa for mental health services. This leaves long referral lists, burden of traveling many hours for services and many unable to obtain mental health services that they need. Truth Foundation, Inc. was founded in August 2010. From the moment of conception, On His Path has been a vital part of providing funding for mental health services for those who could otherwise not pay for services. In 2014, Truth Foundation had 1,114 sessions. Of those sessions, OHP has directly funded 405 sessions, which is almost 40% of all sessions that depend on funding from OHP. Truth Foundation offers a variety of services to assist families and individuals. We offer therapy from our Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Sam Reighard. Sam specializes in Mental Health Assessments, Family Counseling, Couples’ Counseling, and individual counseling. Sam served as a pastor from 2001 to 2007, at which time he was called into the counseling ministry. Truth Foundation, Inc. is located in New London, IA. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 319.931.7169

Truth Foundation offers skill based services supervised by Annie Powell. Annie has 17 years experience in the Human Service Field. Our Solution Focused Aid, Nita Dameron, assists with in-home services that often complement therapy sessions that individuals may have with Sam. These services range from biblically based parenting to truth based behavior management.

Submitted by: Annie Powell, Truth Foundation

El Salvador Clubfoot Program 2014 Annual Review

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“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19

On His Path has worked in El Salvador for three years with vulnerable children and families in the clubfoot program. The goal of the program is to give children the opportunity to live an active lifestyle and to play, run and kick a ball and be active members in their communities, as well as responding to Jesus’ example of healing the sick and his call to share the gospel. On His Path is working for those whose physical disabilities can be corrected or alleviated through medical treatment. In our five clinics around the country, we are providing training to doctors, the materials and braces for non-surgical treatment for children born with clubfoot by partnering with local public health care system so mothers and fathers do not worry that their children will never walk and give them the opportunity to celebrate their first steps.

Highlights of Last Year:

• 176 new children enrolled in treatment at On His Path clinics

• 571 casting visits

• 169 foot abduction braces distributed

• 539 follow-up visits in the five clinics

• A children’s book was created to encourage them to wear their braces at night which create the best results

• More than 300 families received counseling and the opportunity to receive the good news of The Gospel

• The Clubfoot Program was promoted in different spaces such as radio interviews in Agape Radio, Telemas TV, and in Health Units with Health Promoters to promote our work in the five clinics

• 81 doctors trained at the Third Ponseti Training and Congress in San Miguel facilitated by Dr. Sequeira and Dr. Rosales

• Video recordings of the Third Ponseti Training made available for doctors for training purposes as well as on YouTube

• New print material created for parents to read explaining clubfoot treatment as well as the use and care of the clubfoot brace

Prayer Requests for El Salvador Clubfoot Program:

• Additional health professionals trained

• Parent education and commitment to the treatment of children

• Patient data entered in a database

• Establish at least one more clinic to treat more children

• Persuade more doctors to adopt the Ponseti method to prevent disability caused by untreated clubfoot

In the year 2015, we want to trust God to fulfill his promise as stated in Isaiah 43:19: He will bless us with new opportunities, provision and direction in our organization as we continue looking for opportunities to expand our collaboration to make clubfoot treatment accessible to more children. Our goal is to help establish at least one more strategically located clinic across the country. This year, we will sponsor at least one medical training; our goal is to support the treatment of at least 175 children born this year with clubfoot in El Salvador. We will continue working with responsibility and integrity of the Ponseti Method to serve more children with high quality care and reach as many children as possible with the promotion of the program.

We are immensely grateful to the Lord for allowing us to serve the little ones in our country and all the generous donors who make the program possible and for joining us in our dream to eradicate untreated clubfoot in El Salvador.

Submitted by: Mayra Arteaga, On His Path Clinics

Los Gozosos

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For the past year, we have been able to support Los Gozosos by providing them with medicine monthly. Los Gozosos is a care center that takes care of 10 children who suffer from various diseases, such as CP, epilepsy, microcephaly, autism, hemiplegia, and mental retardation. We are blessed to see the children’s health improve from month to month and continue to help them with medicine, food, and education. Our hearts are full of joy to see these children growing and pursuing their dreams. The workers at Los Gozosos express their thanks, “We don’t have money to pay for everything that you are doing for us and for all the support that we have received for a long time. The children are so blessed to be able to count on you for support and love. May God bless everyone for all your love and help.”

Submitted by Donna Mooney of Bethel Ministries International, Guatemala

Haiti for Christ

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“Wow, what a generous gift! Thank you very much.” As I said this, I wondered why the Haitian man who had once stolen from us offered such a sacrificial gift. I lifted potatoes, turnips, spinach and watercress from the piled high basket and admired each offering; it was a beautiful and expensive gift for a poor truck driver with a family.

Charles nodded and grinned, “When a man is healed he must go back and say, ‘Thank you for what you did for me. Thank you for healing me.’” Immediately I knew Charles was referring to the ten lepers in Luke chapter 17. Jesus heals the ten lepers but only one comes back to thank Him. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:15-19 Charles lives in a two room concrete house with a tin roof on the Kenscoff Mountain. His brothers and mom have similar homes nearby. On Thursdays, peasant merchant women with heavy hand woven baskets balanced on their heads walk for miles to the market near Charles’ home. With the help of another merchant, the women lower their baskets to the ground and arrange lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes and other produce on a burlap sack or piece of carton spread on the packed earth and then they squat in a deep knee bend behind their wares as they wait for customers. Charles drives a Mack truck up and down the mountain delivering sand and gravel for concrete construction projects. His salary provides for his children’s education and daily needs; the family is healthy and well fed. For five years before his job as a truck driver,  Charles drove a pickup for our mission Haiti for Christ. His happy go lucky, jovial face was always a welcome sight at the mission office; unfortunately his exuberance was a mask hiding a disfiguring and deadly leprosy. (Leprosy is often a symbol of pervasive, addictive sin in the bible.) One day my husband Joel left the mission checkbook on the pickup dash while he went into the office; Charles was in the driver’s seat. Hours later Joel discovered an entire page of checks missing from the checkbook! (Employee theft is rampant in Haiti.) We knew our only option was to dismiss Charles immediately and pay his severance with no accusation or charges. Haitian law is Napoleonic Code thus to accuse someone without absolute proof, the checks in his hand, would jeopardize our mission. Since we did not have that eyewitness proof we knew the process was to send him home without explanation and stop the missing checks. When Joel fired Charles later that day, the driver did not object or question the action; he knew why even though it was never mentioned. We did not see Charles for years after that but we often thought of his smiling face and warm greeting. Our forty years in Haiti have taught us to be wary of thievery but our hearts are always pained for the sin that enslaves Haitians. Charles knows the gospel; he knows what we stand for as does all of Haiti. We host and produce Haiti’s favorite television show, a Creole Christian travelogue shot on location; it is our powerful pulpit to the nation. We film a different Haitian village in each episode and show the beauty of the country and her people and then Joel ministers a word from the Lord often about repentance from leprous sin. To date we have produced eighty-six shows and La Bonne Nouvelle, The Good News, is aired on eighty stations throughout Haiti, the Caribbean and Haitian markets in Montreal, Boston, New York and South Florida. Our estimated viewing audience is two million Haitians every day! Last month as we sat down to dinner, the doorbell rang; after years of not seeing him, Charles was at the gate. Joel went out to speak with him. Charles greeted him and said, “I have been watching your television show every day and it has changed me.”  Joel came to get me. “Yvonne, come and see this!” I went to witness the wonder my husband was so excited about. Charles sat on the low wall beside our driveway, next to him was a basket overflowing with produce; he greeted me with his customary wide smile and strong hug. “Charles,” I said, “Look how fat you are!” (In Haiti, weight gain is a sign of prosperity and to notice it is a compliment.) Charles beamed and pointed at the basket, “This is for you and Pastor Joel!” I asked about his wife and children. “Everyone is fine; God is blessing us,” he happily assured me. Charles helped us carry the  heavy basket into the house and then he again shook our hands. “I am healed because of what you did for me.” He said, “Thank you.” As we returned to our dinner table, Joel asked, “Can you believe what just happened? God healed him of his sin and he came back to thank us for it.” I agreed. “It makes it all worth it. If he was the only one that got right with God, he just made it all worth it. Forty years of praying and preaching I would do it all for one soul, glory to God.” But to myself, I thought, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?” Yes, Christ is using us; yes, souls are being saved every day but until we get to heaven and see Jesus face to face, we cannot imagine the transforming power of the gospel – The Good News – that we practice and preach every day. We cannot imagine the convicting impact of our soul winning television show watched by young, old, rich, poor, voodooist, drug dealers and even politicians, but on that day we will see them in Heaven! Our driver Charles was a thief, but now he is a blood washed saint with his name written in the Lamb’s book of life. He is brand new, born again; old things are passed away and all things are new. I have often told friends, “When you get to heaven, I will be sitting in the Haitian section!” Now we are assured that happy go lucky, once leprous Charles will be there too!

Submitted by Yvonne Trimble of Haiti for Christ