AMAZED

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I am amazed at the year Mission: Mobility had in 2015! Looking back at 2015, we are so thankful for all the hard work of everyone – the physical work and especially all of the prayers. The two have a direct connection! From our origins of a few Wayland area folks scrounging wheelchairs to the ever growing nationwide network we are seeing today, much has been accomplished.

The majority of our team consist of clusters of people across the country who have served on mission trips with Bethel Ministries International (BMI) in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. It is with prayerful obedience that this team of volunteers has continued to increase the collection efforts.

One exciting new twist is happening in Kentucky. After collecting equipment through a local hospital, the management of that hospital system approached our Kentucky team. They saw the constant need of used medical equipment and also understood the end result of the collections for Guatemala so they requested a meeting. Saul Chopen from BMI happened to be visiting at the time and he was excited to be a part of this meeting alongside our Kentucky friends! As a result of the meeting, this hospital system would like to formally partner with Mission: Mobility to provide chairs and other equipment exclusively. This system consists of 9 hospitals plus clinics and medical centers scattered across the state of Kentucky! PRAISE GOD!

Although connections like this are very exciting, containers also get filled collecting one chair at a time. Some volunteers have contacted local nursing homes or hospitals. Others even purchase chairs at local auctions or garage sales. Every donation counts—everyone’s efforts are awesome!

Once a location has gathered enough equipment, the preparations begin to send it on to Guatemala. With the help of the shipping company, a date is set and the labeling and counting begin. Each piece of used equipment includes a sticker that says “Mission: Mobility” and the location from where it was sent. Many volunteers are needed to make this a success!

Container history: 

2012: 1 container: Iowa

2013: 1 container: Iowa

2014: 4 containers: 2 – Iowa, 1 – Kentucky, 1-Pennsylvania

2015: 6 containers: 2–Iowa, 2–Kentucky, 1–Pennsylvania, 1–California

In the six containers of 2015, we sent approximately 700 chairs, 700 walkers, 500 sets of walkers, 250 canes plus hundreds of boxes of wheelchair parts and other mobility related items– that is double the equipment we shipped in 2014! On His Path also included over 60,000 Kids Against Hunger meals in 2015.

What does God have in store for Mission: Mobility in 2016? At this time, various groups have equipment accumulating in their warehouses! We expect a new shipping point in Jacksonville, Florida as they have accumulated a mountain of wheelchairs in a short time. They will ship in the 1st quarter. We wait to see what else God has in store for new areas and new partnerships. Please continue to pray for Mission: Mobility for efficiencies in collections and logistics.

Mission: Mobility Mission It may appear that our mission is singular: collect wheelchairs for BMI but our mission is much more than that! “It’s not about the wheels!”

• Mission: Mobility focuses on collecting used equipment and helping those who need mobility but also support the mission of BMI.

• BMI’s mission is to provide an opportunity to share the Gospel through the dispensing of wheelchairs.

• So as we collect the equipment, it becomes our mission field here. As we collect, it provides us an opportunity to share with those we meet why we do it and by explaining BMI’s mission, we have the opportunity to share the Gospel as well.

This is why the cross is the center of the wheel in the Mission: Mobility logo! Looking back at the growth in 2015, I am AMAZED, but not surprised! When God is in control… ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.

Submitted by: Rick Fulton, Mission: Mobility volunteer

Bible Donation

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The Muscatine County Jail received a gift of English and Spanish New Believer’s Bibles in time for the Christmas season. This donation was made possible, in part, by contributions received by On His Path to the Bible Giveaway Fund.

Prison Chaplain, Steve Russell, conveyed his heartfelt gratitude for the gift and said the Hispanic population was especially happy to receive the Bibles and the recipients are enjoying the easy to understand New Believer’s Bibles (NLT). Pastor Russell holds a weekly Bible study. Lessons are read out loud by prisoners so that everyone hears the Good News, whether or not they can read. On His Path plans to replenish the supply as needed and is blessed to have the opportunity to bring peace and comfort to those in need.

“My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” Psalm 119:50 NIV

Changes for 2016 and Beyond

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We have been prayerfully considering many items this first month of 2016 and feel led to rededicate the focus of On His Path primarily to the advancement of clubfoot treatment in developing countries around the globe. MD Orthopaedics and the devices manufactured to train, promote, and maintain the Ponseti method are the driving force behind the funds available to On His Path. Without MD Orthopaedics and the success of the Ponseti method of clubfoot treatment, On His Path would not exist. We have been presented with additional opportunities to help advance the treatment of clubfoot around the world and feel led to answer the calling.

On His Path will be partnering with CURE International to place a new clubfoot clinic in Andhra Pradesh, India; a region without a clubfoot clinic. This will allow ALL children the opportunity to receive first-class clubfoot treatment regardless of their place in India’s caste system. Jesus is the reason for this care – his name is elevated and placed above all gods. In a land where the Christian population is only 2.3%, sharing the Story of Jesus is an essential part of the treatment and counseling process; ensuring all peoples know the saving love of Jesus.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your support for ALL of our initiatives. Every dollar sent, whether $1 or $1,000 is given as directed to ease the suffering of those in need; helping those who cannot help themselves. When a child or widow learns they have been sponsored or someone across the globe cares about them by making a donation, it means a lot to them and brings them joy. This support creates a bond and a sense of pride that someone cares. This not only changes their life, but yours as well.

Sincerely,

John and Jean Mitchell

“Make level paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.” Hebrews 12:13 NIV

2015 Year In Review El Salvador

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Clubfoot Program in El Salvador

A child living with untreated clubfoot in a developing country will likely live in extreme poverty and be unable to be productive. If we can treat a child, all of that changes. That child can run, walk, play and attend school. He or she can eventually get a job and be self-sufficient. We have a great satisfaction from having a long term impact in our country.

Thank you so much for your partnership in On His Path’s ministry. We are honored that you entrust us with your support. Please know that you are truly changing the lives of children in El Salvador and sharing the hope of Jesus. We hope it brings you great joy to see the difference your support has made!

This was a great year for On His Path; we were able to serve children in the five clinics.

• 179 new children enrolled in treatment

• 619 casting visits

• 219-foot abduction braces distributed

• 343 follow-up visits

• More than 100 doctors trained at the IV Annual Ponseti Training and Congress in Santa Ana facilitated by Dr. Sequeira and Dr. Rosales

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

• Clubfoot program promoted in different spaces such as TV interviews in TVS in Santa Ana, TVR in San Miguel, Health Units, and meetings with Neonatology and Pediatrics Units in Santa Ana hospital

On His Path’s ministry is all about providing hope and help to children who so desperately need it. This is the result of the incredible generosity of the donors; we couldn’t have done any of this without the support of donors, doctors, and physiotherapists. On behalf of El Salvador staff and every child and family we help, thank you; wishing that you are filled with bounding hope, joy and peace. Because of God’s faithfulness and your dedication, children are receiving life changing care. What a privilege it is to transform lives together, in the name of Jesus! Submitted by Mayra Arteaga, On His Path Clubfoot Clinic Coordinator

On His Path’s ministry is all about providing hope and help to children who so desperately need it. This is the result of the incredible generosity of the donors; we couldn’t have done any of this without the support of donors, doctors, and physiotherapists. On behalf of El Salvador staff and every child and family we help, thank you; wishing that you are filled with bounding hope, joy and peace. Because of God’s faithfulness and your dedication, children are receiving life changing care. What a privilege it is to transform lives together, in the name of Jesus!

Submitted by: Mayra Arteaga, On His Path Clubfoot Clinic Coordinator

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9 NIV

Sierra Leone Clubfoot Brace Shop

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Since May 2013, On His Path has been supporting the Sierra Leone Clubfoot Brace Shop through grant funding and, most recently, supplies for brace making. The original funding was provided to allow the brace makers to secure the rental of a workshop, equipment, and supplies.

One of the challenges faced was procuring good quality leather at an affordable price. Most of the time, they found themselves using ladies handbags to make the braces. This is another example of how Americans are so blessed; we have the ability and means to buy whatever we need, whenever we need and without difficulty. Once On His Path heard of this challenge, we went to work communicating with the brace makers to determine exactly what was needed. The leather was sent to England to be hand delivered by a visiting physician to alleviate any issues with customs and potential theft. Upon receiving the supplies, the brace makers were able to produce 175 braces of different sizes as requested by the national clubfoot coordinator. They were also able to produce three abduction braces for difficult cases as requested by the specialist for the clinics.

“God is our helper, we have incorporated some orthopedic work in producing Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFOs) for bigger children with clubfeet and an orthopedic boot for an adult with high shortening which was well fitted. We have also continued in normal shoe making work.”

The workshop has also recruited two street boys who are willing to learn and who are now in training for the production of braces and orthopedic devices.

Tutoring Schools Guatemala

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Through our tutoring schools, many children have benefited. Bethel Ministries International has three tutoring schools which are located in the area of Chimaltenango and Técpan.

The first tutoring school located in El Tejar, Chimaltenango has 26 children attending. Maynor Castillo is the teacher of this area and he has been able to help these children with their homework and by answering questions in the different subjects. He is in charge of grades Preparatory through 9th grade. Every child that is attending tutoring school is getting better grades than before receiving tutoring classes. The children’s parents are very glad to have a person that supports their children in their studies.

The second school is located in Técpan and has 14 children that come four times in the week. Mrs. Flory is the teacher that helps these children with their homework, crafts, and also by answering questions in the different subjects. Mrs. Flory has children from 1st grade to 9th grade and things are going well in the school. Children that are attending come from poor families and some have to walk around 25 minutes to be able to receive help with their homework; Bethel also provides computer and internet access for these students for free.

Our third tutoring school is at Panabajal, Técpan which is located 30 minutes from the main road. Mrs. Sara is the tutor who is helping 15 children with their homework and by answering questions in the different subjects. Panabajal is a village where very poor people live and many children don’t have the opportunity to attend school or pay for someone to help them with their homework. Currently, children receive tutoring classes from Monday to Friday evenings and this has been a great help to the children. Thanks to this help, they are improving in their studies, have good grades and above all, they will continue achieving their dreams to become professionals in the future.

Bethel is so privileged to continue helping with education and tutoring school for many children that come from poor families around Guatemala. Now these children have the opportunity to have someone help them with their homework because sadly, most of the parents of these children can’t read or write due to never having the chance to attend school.

Submitted by: Donna Mooney, Bethel Ministries International

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