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.
In the cool of the basement, we listened to Oksana share her personal testimony and experience working at Ostróda Camp full time. “It’s just like it says in Matthew, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.’” (Matthew 9:37) With our hearts full of love for God, Poland and the ministry we’ve been involved with for several years now, we can’t imagine not giving a portion of our year to be those workers. God has given us the time, ability and passion to go, disciple and serve. He’s given others different gifts. Some are true prayer warriors, fighting the spiritual battle that rages on unseen. Some are encouragers, healing and lifting up those who are beaten down. And others have been given a generous spirit to give whatever they have financially – big or small. When it comes to missions, we often think of the people who get on a plane and go. But it takes the whole body of Christ to grow the Kingdom of God, and the ones who send play just as important of a role. It doesn’t matter how much we want to go if we can’t buy plane tickets or if Satan steals our passion.
Will you prayerfully consider joining us in ministry? We are seeking partners (individuals, families, Sunday School classes, small groups, churches, etc.) who believe in the power of missions and will come along side us to share the love of God. We need you – whether you can give of your time (you could go with us), commit to regular prayer, or help us financially. On the money side, we hope to have a few people who will commit to monthly donations. If we can find just 20 partners who can give $50 per month starting in October, we will have our airfare by the end of March when we need to buy. If you can’t commit to that much, don’t let that stop you! God blesses even the smallest gifts when they are given from the heart.
Becoming a ministry partner is easy. Just fill out our simple form. In about a week, you’ll receive your partnership packet with everything you need to stay informed, connected and able to support us in the way God has called you. With it comes the gratitude of a family that just wants to obey God’s leading, and the countless people who will be impacted by what He has planned.
In His Service,
Ben, Rachel, Anna and Ethan Porter