Wow. Less than a month of fund-raising and today I get to post that we’ve reached our goal! When we receive the remaining funds that we’ve been told are on the way we will be right at the estimated total for our trip. I love how God has taken care of this detail well before the deadline so we can focus on other things!
If you’ve read the new post “New Chances to Serve” you know that there are certainly things for us to be preparing for. If you were planning on supporting us financially, you could still help by donating supplies or additional funds to cover the cost of these supplies, as these were not part of the expenses calculated in our goal. We need scrapbooking stuff for the activities we will lead and the camp is in need of tennis balls, badminton birdies and a 50-ft climbing rope. We’ll be visiting Hobby Lobby sometime soon to purchase the craft things, so Hobby Lobby gift cards would be great too.
Thank you very much to all who have given, whatever the amount – time, money, prayers or encouragement, to support this mission trip. We are grateful.
In our most recent e-mail from Dave Hatfield, we learned that the camp is asking for us to bring some of our work experiences to the table. We are both very excited about using our God-given spiritual gifts for His glory in a new way – after all, that’s why He gave them to us, right?
Ben is going to be helping establish a new website for Ostroda Camp. This is something that they have needed for a while and Ben mentioned being willing to help the last time he was there in 2009. He will continue to help maintain this site after we return to the U.S. Please pray that God will lead Ben to develop a site that will expand the ministry of the camp and lead other to a relationship with Christ through it.
Three of the summer interns are working with the local public school teaching English classes to Polish children. I (Rachel) get the opportunity to spend a couple of days with them in the school, observing and helping with the lessons. Then I get to speak from my years of teaching experience to give recommendations for how Ostroda Camp can form a relationship with this school for the future. How exciting! Please pray that God will speak to me and lead me towards recommendations that will be successful from both the educational and ministry aspects. Join me in praying that God will blossom this opportunity into something that brings many Polish children to know Him.
Finally, Ben and I are going to be able to lead some activity time with the Holocaust Survivors. One activity will be a “craft” time, but we want to make sure that it isn’t just VBS crafts for adults! We are currently thinking that we want to help the campers create a sort of scrapbook journal of their return to Poland – a place where they can capture pictures and memories, receive notes from the people they’ve met and journal their thoughts as they hear and experience God in many ways. If you’d like to donate any scrapbooking supplies (paper, scissors, glue dots, stamps, embellishments, photo corners, etc) we would certainly put them to good use! Hobby Lobby gift cards would be great too. The camp is also in need of tennis balls, badminton birdies, and a 50 ft rope for rock climbing (I’m guessing this one isn’t for the Holocaust survivors camp, but you never know!) If you feel led and are able to donate any of these items, please contact us!