Mission: Mobility Update

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2017 is off like a rocket!

January 3: Our collection team in Jacksonville, Florida sent container #1 of 2017 to Bethel Ministries International (BMI) in Guatemala. This container was full and included over 200 chairs plus many walkers, canes, and crutches.

January 23: Container #2 shipped from Wayland, Iowa. This was a very diverse load of used medical equipment and items for BMI programs. Included were 100 wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, 100+ boxes of miscellaneous medical items and clothing, and two pallets of Take Away Hunger (FKA Kids Against Hunger) food packets. There were also several hundred backpacks and hundreds of pairs of shoes. In addition, On His Path purchased a welding table and metal working equipment to aid in the production process of the Kid’s Specialty Chair that Saul from BMI and Marcus and Andy from MD developed in September.

February 6: Container #3 shipped from Erie, Pennsylvania. This is the 17th container that Mission: Mobility has shipped since we began our efforts in August of 2011 – Praise the Lord!

Looking ahead in 2017, we are hopeful for shipments from the following collection groups:

March/April: Kentucky

June/July: Vermont – This is the first container to ship from Vermont, however, the Vermont folks drove to northeast Ohio and met us with a truck and trailer filled with medical equipment in 2011 and helped to fill the first container from Iowa!

August: Iowa

September: Florida

To date in 2017, over 400 chairs are in transit. With this quick start for 2017, the Lord has shown us that it is a definite possibility of shipping 1,000 chairs in 2017!

Can we hit 1,000 chairs? God only knows what the final tally will be.

But scripture tells us:

“With God, all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 NIV

You may be asking yourself, does BMI 1,700 wheelchairs which are the number of chairs sent to them by Mission: Mobility and Joni and Friends’ Wheels to the World (JAF is the larger provider of wheelchairs to date).

Praise the Lord for all he has done in these efforts! Praise the Lord for assembling such a wonderful bunch of volunteers from across the country. Praise the Lord for On His Path for their generosity and support of Mission: Mobility!

I would like to offer you a challenge. After reading this, please pray for the collection efforts. I challenge each and every one of you to make just one phone call – maybe two! Call your local nursing home, hospital, hospice, clinic, medical supply company and tell them that you are collecting wheelchairs for the non-profit Mission: Mobility. Let them know we will gladly take wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and crutches even if they are broken (the BMI team will refurbish them, so they are ready to go for those in need). If you have any questions regarding donation items or shipping logistics, please contact Rick Fulton at wheelchair@onhispath.com. Thank you in advance for your help!

In HIS Service,
Rick Fulton, Mission: Mobility Volunteer

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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