Yard Sale MOVED!

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yard_saleYard Sale at Rockville Christian Church – Saturday, May 4 starting at 8:00 AM and going until we’re sold out, exhausted or can’t drag anyone else in!    We are no longer holding the yard sale at our house due to the predicted rain… so I guess it is not a “garage sale”.

The sale will be held at “The Big House” – the huge garage/building up on the hill (where daycare is held during the week).  Thanks to some very wonderful people who have donated items, we have some great stuff!  TV’s a loveseat, a very nice area rug set of 4, a dinning room table & chairs, kid stuff… come check it out!  I’m sure you’ll find something you need.

All proceeds will go towards the remaining $4000 we need (by May 10) to fully fund our mission trip to Poland, where we will love on some adorable Jewish Holocaust Survivors and some precious Russian children, help keep Ostróda Christian Camp running and beautiful, and offer encouragement and support for struggling Christian churches.

See you there!

Good News, Bad News

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LOT-787The bad news is that the dip in the airfare did not last quite long enough.  The fares went back up over the weekend and we watched for them to drop again Monday-Tuesday, including checking into the 1 AM trick.  No good.  The prices actually kept climbing just a tad each day.   We took a look at the seats and found there to only be about 10 left on the flight we felt was the best time.  We decided with that few of seats and just 4 weeks to go, the price wasn’t likely to go down again and we were just going to have to go ahead and buy.

But wait… what’s this flight we hadn’t seen before on this other airline?  Nonstop? Only $5 per ticket more?  Seriously?  Now if you’ve ever flown with multiple layovers…. if you’ve ever flown with children… you can imagine the gleam in our eyes at the idea of getting on just one plane and shaving 5 hours off our travel time!  Whooo hooo!  So much less stress.  We jumped on it.

Having our ride to Chicago (thank you Pat and Janet!) and our plane tickets secured are two big checkmarks.  Next hurdle is saving/earning/receiving the remaining $5000 for all the other expenses.  We have just 10 days before this check needs to be on it’s way to Polish Christian Ministries.  My analytical & human-natured brain immediately goes to “That’s $500 per day! Yikes!”.  But I think God just laughs and rolls his eyes.

So…. YARD SALE at our house on Saturday!  Proceeds go toward feeding, sleeping, and supplying materials to four little missionaries.  Bracelets are still for sale as well.  I’m actually caught up on “orders”, and Mother’s Day is in just 12 days, so l’ll be beading like crazy on Saturday too.  Let me know if you have any special requests!

Blessings & Prayer Request

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blessingSo, I had a pretty stinky day today.  Lots of stress.  I think that God decided to just shower me with some blessings this afternoon and evening…

– a friend stops to chat and see how I’m doing because she knew the morning was stressful

– another sends a text to encourage me

– the weather was beautiful, and I had time to enjoy a few minutes of it

– there is a daily increasing possibility that a friend will join us for part of our trip – a friend who will no doubt change the lives of some precious Russian children

– I received three messages in the last 24 hours from people who love their prayer bracelets

– our Sunday School class gave a support check that has pushed us over the amount we need for airfare (when we combine our savings, bracelet profits, and donations given through the church)

– a loving and supporting couple has agreed to drive us to (and from if necessary) Chicago so we can get the best and cheapest flight possible

Thank you, God.  I needed those blessings today.

A quick prayer request… the price of airfare had dipped last week.  As we’ve been checking to see if we have the funds available to purchase, it has gone back up.  I’ve heard that 1:00 AM on a Tuesday is the best time to buy.  So I’ll be setting an alarm tomorrow night (or, more likely just staying up because I’m a night owl anyway) to try an catch a dip.  Please pray that it happens.  We need to get this part settled and it’s a difference of nearly $800.  We have enough to cover the price it’s at now, but I’d sure rather put that $800 towards the $5000 we’ll still need by May 10 to cover all the other expenses!

Financial Update

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Thank you so much to all who are helping us inch our way to the enormous cost of this trip ($10,000).  We saw a midweek dip in the cost of  airline tickets this week.  Since we only have enough in our savings to cover three of the four tickets, we didn’t purchase.  But… we are hoping the amount for the 4th ticket is available through funds collected at the church.  We’ll find that out this week and try to jump on the next price dip (please pray there is one… it’s about an $800 difference!).

After that, we’ll still need $5000, which needs to be turned in to Polish Christian Ministries by May 13.  The graph below show’s what we have in our actual savings and does not account for money that has been collected at RCC.  When we get that information this week, we’ll post an updated graph.  Based on the support and commitment to missions the congregation has shown in the past, I think there will be a lot less purple when we know that number.

The bracelet fund-rasier continues (need a gift for Mother’s Day?!?!) and we’ll be holding a yard sale next weekend, May 4, to raise funds as well.  Come out and see what we have that you could use!

If you are feeling led to help financially, please read our Financial Support page.  Even the smallest gift is helpful and such a blessing to us.

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Boot Camp Week 3

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(If you haven’t already read the Missionary Boot Camp page for an explanation of what I’m talking about here, you might want to do so first).

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Serve

Intro:

Mom washes Dad’s feet.

Scripture:  

John 13:1-17  (New International Reader’s Version)

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet John 13 1It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world. It was time for him to go to the Father. Jesus loved his disciples who were in the world. So he now showed them how much he really loved them. 2The evening meal was being served. The devil had already tempted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon. He had told Judas to hand Jesus over to his enemies. 3Jesus knew that the Father had put everything under his power. He also knew he had come from God and was returning to God. 4So he got up from the meal and took off his outer clothes. He wrapped a towel around his waist. 5After that, he poured water into a large bowl. Then he began to wash his disciples’ feet. He dried them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6He came to Simon Peter. “Lord,” Peter said to him, “are you going to wash my feet?” 7Jesus replied, “You don’t realize now what I am doing. But later you will understand.” 8“ No,” said Peter. “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you can’t share life with me.”  9“ Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet! Wash my hands and my head too!” 10Jesus answered, “A person who has had a bath needs to wash only his feet. The rest of his body is clean. And you are clean. But not all of you are.” 11Jesus knew who was going to hand him over to his enemies. That was why he said not every one was clean. 12When Jesus finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes. Then he returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13“ You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord.’ You are right. That is what I am. 14I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet. So you also should wash one another’s feet. 15I have given you an example. You should do as I have done for you. 16“ What I’m about to tell you is true. A servant is not more important than his master. And a messenger is not more important than the one who sends him. 17Now you know these things. So you will be blessed if you do them.”

 

Discussion Points:  

  • Why did they wash feet and who did this job everyday?
  • Who washed feet this story?  Whose feet did He wash?
  • Why?
  • What does this have to do with us and our mission trip?

Act on It:

  • We are going to Poland to wash feet… not actually wash them, but to serve others and show them God’s love.

This Week’s Challenge:

Everyday this week, find a way to serve someone – not to get a thank you, candy or other reward, but just to love them. 

Boot Camp Week 2

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(If you haven’t already read the Missionary Boot Camp page for an explanation of what I’m talking about here, you might want to do so first).

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Read

Scripture:  

2 Timothy 3:16-17  (New International Reader’s Version)

16God has breathed life into all of Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true. It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again. It is useful for training us to do what is right. 17By using Scripture, a man of God can be completely prepared to do every good thing.

Discussion Points:  

  • Why is the Bible important?
  • Who wrote it?
  • Why should we read it?

Act on It:

  • Choose a verse that you think would be good to share with someone and memorize it!

This Week’s Challenge:

Everyday this week, read a little from the Bible.  After this week, do your best to read every day.  

Warsaw Ghetto Daffodils

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Thank you for sharing, Sandy.

 70 years ago — April 19, 1943 — the Warsaw ghetto uprising began. The malnourished, poorly-armed Jewish resistance fought against the Nazi tanks and cannons for more than 3 weeks –until May 16 when the Nazis blew up the grand synagogue on Tłomackie street. In memory of the more than 450,000 Jewish men, women, and children who died in the ghetto, during the resistance, or afterward in the extermination camps, I will be wearing a yellow daffodil — the symbol of respect, remembrance and hope.