Shop Small – Give Big

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Gift giving season is upon us.  The shopping, commercials, and decorations have arrived too early in my opinion.  I’m a firm believer in Thanksgiving having the attention it deserves, the attention we need to give it.  But that soapbox aside, the Christmas Bazaars are here and The Journey Back Mission Store will be open for your gift-giving needs.  Which brings me to another thing I’ve become passionate about… shopping local small businesses, handmade and nonprofits – “Shop Small” as they say.  When you choose to buy gifts from people like us, you’re giving big.

Your gift means even more to the recipient because it is unique, handmade and carefully designed.

Your gift means something to us – you’re supporting our mission, helping us do what we love to do and what we believe we’ve been called to do.

Your gift means something to the Holocaust survivors, Ukrainian children, camp and churches who will receive our message of love and hope.

Isn’t that better than growing the bottom line of a big company?  I’ll admit that a number of my gifts this Christmas will come from Walmart and Amazon.  But where I can, I’ll be shopping small, and I hope you will too.

The Journey Back Mission Store will be set up and well stocked at these great local events:

Christmas Village Bazaar

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You can preview and even claim your goods online by clicking here, but we will have a number of items only available at these in-person sales.  Come see us!

Farmhouse Preserves Now Available!

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My mom has been hard at work in her farmhouse kitchen again this year to support our 2018 mission.  We have over 300 jars to sell, enough to cover the cost of two plane tickets if we sell them all!  New this year… The Sampler!  Get a variety pack of 4 oz jars for just $15!  A perfect gift!

This is what is missing from your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners!

Purchase here or post a comment to claim yours for offline buying.  We’ll also have them for sale and pick up at our upcoming craft fair sales Final date for purchase is December 15 or while supplies last (you might want to hurry!)   Shipping isn’t recommended on this one, but if you’re not local (and willing to risk it) I’ll try to get them to you in one piece!  Please add the shipping fee at the bottom to your cart to cover the added cost.


There are lots of other great finds available in our mission store.  Do your gift shopping with us this season!

Farmhouse Preserves Now Available!

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12314638_887496601347182_8454843953829510628_oMy mom has been hard at work in her farmhouse kitchen and has made available her famous preserves to support of 2017 mission trip.  With every bite on a fresh biscuit, comes with the added satisfaction of knowing you supported a good cause!

Limited quantities available.  Hurry!  They won’t last long!
Post a comment or visit our Contact page to stake your claim! 

Apple Butter
Apple Jelly
Peach Jam
Blackberry Jam

$6 each
3 for $15

There are lots of other great finds available in our mission store.  Do your gift shopping with us!

Key to the Kingdom – 2017 Mission Necklace

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il_570xn-858699062_jxcg-2Last year, one design in our mission store sold like crazy – our Love and Hope Infinity Bracelets.  As I made dozens of these little accessories, I couldn’t help but think how appropriate it was that they were selling so well – since they perfectly represented the whole reason we go.  It is our prayer that giving a month of each year of our time will play a role in bringing love and hope to others for all eternity.
So this year, I decided to be intentional about such symbolism.  I’ve designed a Mission Necklace to represent the message we bring.

screenshot-2016-10-02-20-53-43The Key – Revelation 3:20
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with them, and they with me.”

Believe Charm – Romans 10:9-10
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”

Freshwater Pearl – Matthew 13:45
“The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
img_1871Trinity Symbol – Matthew 28:19-20
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'”

Chain – Psalm 107:14
“He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness,
and broke away their chains.”

Available in silver or antique bronze finishes. The pearl is a cultured freshwater pearl.

33″ length

Orders placed after December 15 will arrive after Christmas

Silver Key to the Kingdom Necklace

33" chain, skeleton key, Believe charm, freshwater pearl



Antique Bronze Key to the Kingdom Necklace

33" chain, skeleton key, Believe charm, freshwater pearl


  • All jewelry comes gift-ready and can be shipped directly to a recipient with a special message upon request.
  • This design is also available for purchase through our Etsy Store.
  • Post a comment below or contact me for a custom version of this design or to arrange offline payment.

God Provides!

Posted on 2016-04-11 18-46-47Throughout Scripture, we see God providing again and again for His people.  We are very excited to announce that He has once again provided for us.  We have the funds necessary to allow us to return as a family for a month of ministry in Poland!  We cannot begin to express our gratitude to all of you who have given generously and helped support us in so many ways – financially as well as through encouragement, helping with fundraising and prayer.  We pray that God will bless you for your role in growing the Kingdom.

Our mission store remains open, and we will continue to put away donations anyone feels called to give.  Additional funds would allow us to help bring more kids to camp ($125 each) and prepare for future years – since we plan to keep serving until God tells us otherwise.  We believe his provision confirms His call to us, and we will obey as long as He is leading.


Final Plea

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As of this morning, we are just $650 short of being able to buy our plane tickets!  We are so excited and grateful for the support.  Our purchasing target has been the end of March, so we are giving our final plea for the remaining half of the last ticket price.  Here are the ways you can help close the gap…

  • Donate.  Visit our Financial Support page to learn how.
  • Shop.  Our Mission Store has lots of new items!  All proceeds go towards our costs.
  • Party!  Monica McMullen has graciously volunteered to host a Premier Designs Jewelry Party as a fundraiser for us tomorrow (Sunday, March 29) after 2nd service.  Come enjoy the fashion show, tips and browse through the amazing selections of fine jewelry they have to offer.

Thank you for prayerfully considering a contribution.  We hope to announce soon that we have our tickets!

A Day of Sharing and Giving

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IMG_3380Today 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.

IMG_3381Yesterday 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.

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