We’ve been slowly climbing to our fundraising goal for this year’s trip, and we’re excited to announce that we just crossed the half-way mark! Between our own savings, generous donations from several supporters, Mission Store sales and our recent Simply A”door”able fundraiser, we’ve been able to raise $4,824.00 of the approximate $9000 we need to make the trip happen. We’d prefer to purchase our airfare no later than the end of March, but sooner would be even better. Currently, prices are actually a little lower than they were when we bought last year, so we’d like to move on it soon! We are trying to nail down our travel dates and then we’ll secure our tickets as soon as we have the money to cover them. After that, we will still need to raise/save the remaining funds for everything else (ground transportation, lodging, meals, and the cost of the programs we help run and service projects we do while we’re there.
A huge thank you to all who have contributed to getting us this far, and to all who will consider partnering with us. Here are some ways you can do that:
- Soup & Salad Luncheon on Sunday, January 24 after 2nd service.
- We have another Simply A”door”able fund raiser coming up on March 31. It’s fun! Come make something cute for your home or for a gift, and a portion of the profits will go to our mission trip.
- Check our Financial Support page to keep up with the progress and need or to make a donation.
- We’ll also be doing a yard sale this spring.
The Porter family has come to realize that God never intended this Poland ministry thing to be fleeting. He has captured our hearts for Poland and made it clear that we are invited to continue being part of His work. We are amazed, humbled and willing. We are preparing to return on May 31, spending the first half of the summer on this mission field that is beginning to feel like a second home. As you might imagine, we have now developed some relationships that allow us to reach deeper levels of discipleship. We are eager to see our Jewish friends and the Russian children, continue to reach out to those who have lost a child, support the Christian churches of Poland, and encourage the Korytkowski family as they direct the outreach of Ostróda Camp.
We invite you to join us in this missionary work in two ways. First, we need your prayers, and we can’t tell you how important they are. Second, as much as we hate this part, we have to ask for financial assistance to make this possible. Setting aside all the funds we can manage from our own budget, we are currently almost $3000 short of the cost of airfare (which we need to purchase as soon as possible), and $2500 short of the remaining expenses. If God places it on your heart and you are able to financially contribute, we will be so very grateful. Checks may be written directly to us or to Rockville Christian Church with the memo indicating “Porter Poland Mission”. All proceeds from Rachel’s handmade bracelets go toward this fund as well. They are available at the Welcome Center and at www.etsy.com/shop/TheJourneyBack
Please join us Sunday, April 6 for a special dinner in the Rockville Christian Church Fellowship Hall after 2nd service. We will share pictures, stories and food, and take up a free-will offering toward our airfare.
We are blessed to have you as part of our family. Thank you for supporting us.
Ready to be His Feet,