Today we had a chance to share with our home congregation – what God is doing in Poland, Ukraine and Israel and how we get to be a part of it all. We shared during the Sunday School hour, and were so encouraged by the words, hugs, prayers offered and giving towards the cost of our airfare. We also had our Mission Store items on display for those who wanted to make a supporting purchase but don’t like to shop online.
Yesterday we only had enough funds to cover Ben’s plane ticket and about half of mine. Today, I’m pleased to report that we have enough for about 2 1/2 tickets. Thank you so much to all who have partnered with us to make this return to Poland possible. We’re getting close! Our hope is to have the remaining funding ($1745) by the end of March, which is when we will cross into the time period that prices typically start to climb. Please see our Financial Support page for information about giving, or shop our Mission Store if you would like to support this ministry.
For several years now, I [Rachel] have been making handmade bracelets as a fund-raiser for our mission work. It has done well to help us cover the cost of our airfare and expenses, but sales are slowing down (I think people are getting tired of bracelets). This year we are expanding the store to include other items such as:
- other types of jewelry (necklaces, lanyards, etc.)
- workshops – come learn how to make jewelry yourself!
- original artwork by Ben and Anna
- gift certificates for local businesses
- gift basket collections
- handcrafted furniture
- collectors’ items
At the time of this post, all that is in the store is jewelry related. But these other things are coming soon! We also hope to display the store items for purchase offline for those who like to see things in person. The details of that are still being worked out, but watch for announcements! We hope you will find something you love for yourself or to give as a gift. So what are you waiting for? Go shopping!