This bracelet is made of acrylic beads red, brown, green, orange, and purple with gold accents between brown smooth leather cording. The closure is a beautiful bronze-colored metal button. It has two button loops for size adjustment giving a total length of 6 1/2″ or 7 1/2″.
Earthtone Single-Wrap Bracelet
Adjustable between 6 1/2" and 7 1/2"
The amazing people at Uptown Fitness (Brad and Susan Bumgardner to name names) have graciously given us 6 one-month memberships to sell at a special price to raise funds for our next journey back to Poland. This is it! Your chance to go check out this awesome local gym. I’ve had a membership for almost a year, and I can’t say enough about how much I love it. It’s a clean, quiet gym with WiFi, cold water and plenty of equipment options. I’ve learned I actually like the elliptical… who knew? Spend just $15 and you’ll us reach our fundraising goals while you meet your fitness goals!
1 Month Membership At Uptown Fitness
You’ll receive a gift certificate for a month of workouts at Uptown Fitness on the square in Rockville, IN.
We have always said that we will continue to serve in Poland until God tells us otherwise. As we begin preparations for 2018, we are praying for God’s leading and guidance. Will you pray with us? We don’t want to just blindly do the same thing year after because we love it. We want to serve where, when and how God calls us.
While we seek His leading in the dates, places, and ministries He would have us serve, the one thing we know already is that funding is always needed. So we are launching our fundraising with the reopening of our Mission Store, starting with our 2018 Mission Necklace, “So Loved”, and the acceptance of donations from anyone feeling lead to contribute. If God doesn’t lead us to journey back to Poland, we will use these funds to pay for as many Ukrainian children as possible to attend camp in Ostróda.
Keep those prayers coming and follow this blog for updates as we put together the service plan for 2018!
I’m missing campfire right now, my very favorite part of camp, because I seem to have caught the bug that’s been going around here. Tori and I were discussing that there must be different viruses in Poland because we get sick at some point every year. Tomorrow the group goes to Gdańsk, but the Porter family will stay behind – getting well, catching up on laundry, spending some time with each other (we hardly see each other at all when camps are in session), and starting to pack up.
Here is the picture video from today.
Do you ever have one of those days that feels like at least two days? Today was one of those. As I prepared the video of the awesome pictures the Jones family took, I could hardly believe that the Ukrainian kids just got off the bus this morning. As much as the day was long, it was also wonderful. But I’m too tired to write any more. It is midnight and I teach tomorrow. Just wanted to ask for prayer that God will give me His message to share. You’ll get a good idea of the day from the video.
Oh… and please pray for Ben’s back. It’s giving him lots of trouble and pain. 😕
Yesterday was a work and errand day. Between camps, there is no kitchen staff, so April & Kyle have the added responsibility (on top of all their other tasks) of feeding themselves and any volunteer workers that are around (like us). And cleaning everything. And getting the grounds ready to host the first full camp. Wojtek, the camp’s maintenance guy, has a long list of stuff to buy, fix, replace, etc. Oksana & Andrzej are swamped with paperwork and phone calls. The first short-term team arrives today, so there are rooms to prepare and a bigger crowd to feed tonight. So yesterday we all rolled up our sleeves and tackled the list of things that needed to be done. I helped prepare breakfast for everyone, Ben did the dishes, we all grabbed rakes to clean up pinecones so they wouldn’t get caught in the mower, and the kids pulled weeds from around the chapel. Then there was grocery and supply shopping that took us in different directions. Today I’ll start working on the supply room that needs some serious sorting and organizing, and set up the prayer room.
Many people are disillusioned about mission work. I’ve seen it in the interns and short-term workers we’ve met over the years and, it has been part of several conversations with friends at home. There is a glorified perception that it is going to be entirely sharing Jesus all the time. But that isn’t the reality. In education training, we learn about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs – that children can’t learn if their physical, mental and emotional needs are unmet. The same is true in ministry. If the camp is falling apart, dirty and broken, the people won’t be able to come and receive the Message we came to bring.
Jesus tried to teach us this. “…he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” John 13:4-5.
We want to teach God’s love, but first, we must live it out. We want to bear witness, but it often begins with picking up a toilet brush and mop. We came to serve, not to be served. To give, not to take. Jesus calls us to follow his example. To humbly serve whatever the task, and to remember that He who sends us is greater than those who bring the message. (vs. 16).
So we pick up pinecones for hours in the dust and sun, scrub backwash from glasses and cobwebs from the rafters. If that isn’t spiritual enough for you, the work time is a perfect opportunity to pray for the coming groups of workers and participants. But make no mistake, it’s all a part of the mission.
- For the family of Beata Kołak, a young ministry partner who passed away last week
- For the team from Compassion Christian Church ( Savannah, GA) traveling and arriving today
- For Kazik Barczuk, one of the directors of the Holocaust Survivors Camp, whose mother just passed away
- For the Holocaust Survivors arriving at Ostróda Camp Monday
- For my friend Iwona who was hit by a car crossing the street the other day. She is ok, but badly bruised and banged-up. She is a working mom with two small children.
My Dear Grace,
Today, on the day you went to be with Jesus, I’m preparing to celebrate the life of a sweet lady who now joins you in heaven. In a way, Beata knew you. Several years ago she was instrumental in helping to organize the event in which I shared your story with the city of Ostróda. She knew there were many families who had suffered the kind of loss we experienced when you left us, and she wanted to help me share that God’s love is unending, even when we face this kind of tragedy. Beata leaves behind a husband who loved her and a college-age son who will terribly miss his Mom. But she is free from the pain and suffering of cancer, and has now regained the joy that I always think of when I think of her. Just as God has done with you…
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