Upgrade: Volunteers…

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We have a wonderful team of volunteers. As the Mission: Mobility network has grown, it is amazing how many have gotten involved. From all across the country, volunteers have joined in equipment collection as a result of serving on a mission trip in Guatemala and participating in a wheelchair distribution with Bethel Ministries.

Many volunteers because they want to join On His Path in the collection effort. We do have a few very unique callings. One volunteer had no connection to Mission: Mobility or Bethel Ministries. While taking a walk one day in his hometown in Montana, Roger saw a bunch of wheelchairs sitting by a dumpster at a rehab center. He went inside and asked if he could have them. They asked what his intentions were. He said, “I have NO idea, I just have a feeling that I should get them.” Ultimately, he found us and those chairs are now benefiting many people in great need in Guatemala.

Another recent call I received was from a total stranger in California. Our new friend woke up in the night hearing a loud and clear voice, “GUATEMALA, WHEELCHAIRS .” It shook him up enough to send him to the computer. He said he figured God was trying to tell him something. A primary google search showed him that Bethel Ministries International was the largest wheelchair provider to Guatemala…..his next link was to Mission: Mobility. He emailed me immediately, offering to help. Several phone calls followed. We now have a friend in the Los Angeles area searching for wheelchairs!

Whether it is the Holy Spirit nudging you or God calling out in an audible voice or you simply want to help, we welcome all volunteers. He will call on me, and I will answer him. Psalm 91:15 Whether you find one pair of crutches or a trailer load of wheelchairs, each and every item is important and they all add up to a container load of BLESSINGS that Mission: Mobility and On His Path can ship to Bethel to TRANSFORM lives. To use a phrase that Joni and Friends have on a t-shirt…..“it’s not about the wheels!” It is about reaching the people ultimately with the Gospel!

We thank all of our volunteers for all of their hard work!

Submitted by: Rick Fulton, Mission: Mobility Volunteer 

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58

GEMS Girls Club

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Lod is so good! GEMS Girls Club is going great after 2 failed attempts to start other ‘more generic’ girls clubs! Finally, GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior) fits us and it’s all about sharing Jesus and developing girls that love Him and have a personal relationship with Him! GEMS is a ministry for women, their friends, and the girls around them. Women and girls everywhere are being challenged to live radically faithful lives – acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God (Micah 6:8 is the club focus). For more info about the club, you may check out the national website at www.gemsgc.org or call the center at 319-653-4700. There is a different theme every year and this year is Choose Truth, based on scripture Psalm 119:105 and the girls are studying the book of Esther. This study focuses on inner beauty, making wise choices, having a submissive spirit, the heart & real love, purity, and identity.

We have so enjoyed seeing the girl’s eyes opened by the word of God, blessed by their openness and also overwhelmed by some of the struggles they face in today’s culture. Our club is being offered to girls, 4th – 12th grade and our mission is to help girls learn how to apply the bible to their everyday challenges, make new friends and share with each other in a caring small group, participate in service projects that make a difference in other’s lives, cultivate important life skills through badge activities, make meaningful crafts, enjoy music along with creative dance and so on. the club is designed to meet the spiritual, social, physical, and emotional needs of each girl.

ONEighty Ministries has been blessed with a wonderful array of women counselors from many different area churches and backgrounds. We currently have 12 girls participating in the club, working hard to earn badges for various activities. The club meets the 1st & 3rd Monday evening, 6 – 8:15 pm at the teen center and enrollment are ongoing. We launched our club with a sleepover at the teen center in August with 14 girls staying and 8 women which was tremendous fun…but not much sleep was had! We praise Jesus for the opportunity to offer GeMs Girls club to our community and we thank on His Path for providing the grant to start the club. We are blessed by your generosity. We thank the lord that through our failure we have a new thriving club for girls that will help change lives.

Submitted by: Deb Bodensteiner, ONEighty Ministries

As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fi erce storm came down on the lake. The boat was fi lling with water, and they were in real danger. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?” The disciples were terrifi ed and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!” Luke 8:23-25 NLT

Child’s Tenotomy

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Luis Alas was born on December 29, 2014, with unilateral clubfoot; he is the second child to his parents. His parents were able to find the treatment for him when he was three months old in San Juan de Dios Hospital, Santa Ana. On April 21, 2015, he started his first cast. Luis’ treatment included 8 casts and the tenotomy which was done on September 17th, 2015. The day of the tenotomy, Luis’ mother Wendy was so worried, weeping and fearful about the surgery. An On His Path Counselor had the opportunity to encourage and pray for her and Luis’s surgery. Wendy says “It makes me feel better that the counselor will be in the surgery with us.” Counselors have been in the surgeries lately to give support to the families and praying for them which make a special bond with the patients and their families and witness the physical and spiritual healing that takes place. Due to Luis’ progress, his mother is so happy with On His Path and the treatment her son is receiving. Luis will wear his first braces soon and hopefully he will have great results. On His Path helps children and parents for free and offers them love and care; we do this to proclaim the name of Jesus and follow His model for helping sick people.

Submitted by: Mayra Arteaga, El Salvador Clinic Coordinator

Children’s Day Celebration

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Lhe General Assembly of the United Nations recommended in 1954 that all countries institute a Universal Children’s Day to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. It recommended that the Day was to be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and the welfare of the children of the world. Children’s Day is celebrated in El Salvador every year on October 1st and On His Path organized a small celebration for all the children in the five clinics to bring smiles and happiness to them. On His Path purchased bags, balloons, chocolates, cookies, candies, etc, as small gifts for the kids. All the children were so happy to receive their bags and parents were thankful for On His Path’s funding for this special gift. As On His Path we are so excited to promote the wellbeing of Salvadorian children and seeing the Kingdom of God at work in their lives and give them the opportunity to have a normal life and be able to walk and run.

Submitted by: Mayra Arteaga, El Salvador Clinic Coordinator

Bethel Homes Guatemala

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Luisa Sical and her children

Luisa is 36 years old. She has been a single mother for 3 years since her husband abandoned them. She has three children: Yesenia is 12 years old and currently studies in 4th grade, Diana is 6 years old and is in kindergarten, and José Manuel is 1 year old. Although they have a very low income, Luisa does everything possible to give her children what they need. Their old house was built of scraps of wood and metal, and when it was the rainy season, their house would get flooded. BMI was able to build them a house that is more secure and watertight! Luisa said: “Thank you for helping us with a new house, it’s a great support for my children. Now, we have a home that is much better than our previous house! We don’t have a way to repay you for this support, may God bring many blessings upon every person who made this great help possible. Thank you very much.”

Maria Marcela Gonzales Hernández

Maria is 27 years old and a single mother after her husband abandoned her after the birth of her 5th child. Maria’s children’s names and ages are as follows: Jaqueline is 12, Josefine is 11 and is studying in 3rd grade, Katherine is 7, Angeline is 3, and Jonathan is 8 months old. Maria makes tortillas for people and her eldest, Jaqueline, takes care of the children. The money she earns is not enough for all the household expenses as well as education which is why only one of her children attend school. Their house was built of scrap metal and wood with pieces of cloth and plastic covering some of the holes. It was in really bad condition and flooded every rainy season. We are glad to see that the house they received changed their lives because now they have a warm and dry place to be. Maria said: “Thank you for helping and giving us a hand in times of necessity. Thanks to You, I have a house where I live with my children now. My children and I can’t repay you for all you have done for us. Thank you for all your support.”

Submitted by: Donna Mooney, Bethel Ministries International

Nepal Earthquake Relief

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Miraculously, beautiful little Bihani, only 2.5 years old, was found alive but trapped inside her completely demolished home, pinned under bricks and debris after a massive earthquake. Fortunately she was rescued quickly, with only a few scrapes and bruises, but with a terrible loss—her mother died next to her in the hallway, just steps away from the door. Bihani, now in the care of her aunt, lives with eight other extended family members in a makeshift tent made from plastic sheeting. Her family lost almost all their possessions and food stores in the quake. But Bihani is just one heartbreaking story among thousands in Nepal. The two earthquakes that hit Nepal this year killed more than 9,000 people, injured more than 23,000, flattened entire villages, ruined or damaged more than 900,000 homes, and left hundreds of thousands homeless.

On His Path responded immediately with compassion for the people of Nepal, partnering with Operation Blessing to provide safe water, food, shelter, medical help and much needed supplies to the impoverished nation. Operation Blessing quickly set up a chlorine  production facility in capital city Katmandu, and community water stations in many rural communities. These efforts made it possible to disinfect large amounts of water for drinking and prevent waterborne illnesses. Over one million people have been blessed by this clean water effort in Nepal. Operation Blessing also provided over 250 tons of food supplies to earthquake victims, including rice, lentils, cereal, salt, oil and soy beans. In addition, essential supplies such as blankets, cooking kits, mosquito nets and hygiene kits were distributed. Distributing this help was not always easy, as many rural villages were high up in the Himalayas, and difficult to reach due to damage to the roads from the earthquakes. Then the monsoon season arrived, further destabilizing the earthquake-cracked mountains, and producing landslides that swept away entire villages. Rural villagers started coming down from the mountains because they had lost everything – their homes, their crops, their livelihoods. Unfortunately many people who lived in Katmandu were also without shelter and living in tents –more than 100 camps sprang up in Katmandu alone.

To help provide aid for these people, Operation Blessing not only set up and improved several IDP (Internally Displaced People) camps, but continues to provide aid in the form of food, supplies and clean water to several IDP camps in Katmandu. Almost six months after the quakes, the Nepalese government is still caught in political infighting, unable to spend the $4.4 billion in foreign aid for reconstruction and rehabilitation. Rebuilding was virtually halted during the monsoon season, and now winter is coming. In this environment, On His Path and Operation Blessing will continue their partnership to help the Nepalese people with rebuilding homes and lives of the very vulnerable – widows, orphans, single mothers and the elderly. Construction has begun for 65 permanent houses that consist of two rooms plus a kitchen area that can house a family of six. Two schools were rebuilt, and school supplies delivered so that children can return to their studies for the new school year. A reconstructed orphanage has also been supplied for the winter months. To help people regain their livelihoods, On His Path and Operation Blessing are partnering to support a training center for vulnerable widows and mothers from the IDP camps, training them in small business skills – cooking, sewing and beauty classes will be taught in 30-day intense workshops. These workshops will allow these vulnerable women to start their own small businesses and provide for their families. As Nepal struggles to recover from the tremendous loss and devastation caused by the earthquakes, On His Path and Operation Blessing continue to work hard to be a source of hope and meet the needs of hurting families throughout Nepal. Thank you for your partnership and resources that have enabled this hope to reach many in dire need.

Submitted by: Ronda Sherman, Operation Blessing