Author: Rachel

Our Supporters

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It has truly been amazing, humbling and a blessing how quickly we have receive both prayer and financial support.  We’re only a little over $400 away from our goal and have the peace of knowing that a number of people are fully committed to praying for our mission trip.  We want to take a moment to thank these people who have responded to our letter with a signed prayer covenant, financial donation, or “liked” our page on Facebook to show their support.  We know that there are many more out there who are supporting us in prayer as well.   To all of you…. thank you.  My God bless you as you have blessed us.

Grant & Donna McVay
Dan & Karen Smith
Karen Scholl
Mike & Michele Sheley
RCC Basic Sunday School Class
John, Dave & Debbie Soucie
Glen & Cynthia Sands
Kevin & Rita Jacks
Curt Jonson
Cortney Edington
Mandy Ferguson
Carol Delp
Haley Walls
Jan Frame
Leslie Wetzel
Michelle Munoz
Jeffry Stutzman
Ben & Julie Little
Mark & Kathi Davis
Wanda & Ervin Stutzman
Nicka Robinson
Brianne & Eric Sheilds
Jane & Brock McMullen
Tami Smith
The Rockville Christian Church Missions Committee
Pat & Janet Fahey
Ray & Charlene Boyce
Mary Howlett
Phil & Diana Carew
Marsha Graham

A few donations have been turned in to the church directly and we do not have names by which to send our gratitude.  The church has reported to us about $350 in donations that we don’t know who to thank for – so if your name doesn’t appear above, please don’t be offended!  If you wish to remain anonymous, we understand, but we want to let you know as well as much your donation is appreciated.

We welcome all the prayer warriors we can get and are still not quite at our financial goal.  Please visit the prayer support and financial support pages for more information if God lays it on your heart to be part of our home support team.  We will publish a post as soon as we know that we have met our goal, so as not to collect unnecessary funds.  Any surplus we do end up with will be given directly back to Global Missionary Ministries and Ostróda Camp.

Thank you!

I have my passport!!!!

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I (Rachel) have my passport!  I have… my… passport. 

Read that with extreme excitement first, then more tentativeness as the realization that I will indeed be traveling to a foreign country very soon – one that doesn’t speak my language and has customs, heritage and foods with which I am very unfamiliar.  I’m excited about serving my God – He’s done so much for me, how could I not be?  I’m excited about reaching out and sharing His love to others, especially these who have such a history of pain and tragedy.  I can hardly wait to see the things He will do in the lives of the holocaust survivors, the camp staff, our own lives and the message this trip sends to our children as well.


To be honest, I’m a little nervous.  Other than a brief encounter with some French-speaking areas of Canada as a child, I have never been outside of the country.  I realize traveling to Europe isn’t exactly the same as traveling to a third-world culture, but it is still well outside my comfort zone.  I speak publicly almost daily in my job, to students and now to my colleagues, but when I think about speaking to this group (even just in conversation) I feel very unsure and incapable.

Ben and I discussed choosing a verse to carry us through this mission trip.  He immediately went to 1 Corinthians 2:1-5.

“When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.  For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.  I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling.  My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.”

I remembered then that he had referred to this verse after his first trip to Poland, saying it described perfectly how he felt as he preached his very first “real” sermon in front of Russian Jews.  I once heard someone say that when we tell God that we can’t do something, His response is “I know you can’t, but I can.”  The scriptures are full of countless examples of God using the most unlikely of people – fishermen, tax collectors, prostitutes… he didn’t exactly pick his team from the A-List.  In doing so, people saw HIM.  These Israeli Jews don’t need MY wisdom, they need His.  So… I guess that means it’s OK if I don’t have any!  Cool.

Goodbye, comfort zone… I have my passport!