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!
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
Mike & Michele Sheley
RCC Basic Sunday School Class
John, Dave & Debbie Soucie
Glen & Cynthia Sands
Kevin & Rita Jacks
Ben & Julie Little
Mark & Kathi Davis
Wanda & Ervin Stutzman
Brianne & Eric Sheilds
Jane & Brock McMullen
The Rockville Christian Church Missions Committee
Pat & Janet Fahey
Ray & Charlene Boyce
Phil & Diana Carew
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.