October 2, 2017

Some Important Updates

At our September 24th mission team meeting we gave an update on Solid Rock in San Juan de la Maguana including the updated supply lists. They have had a very busy summer without much replenishment of supplies. These are recent pictures they shared of the pharmacy. 
They did not get hit as hard as predicted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria though the river we cross entering San Juan was up to the bridge.  Solid Rock is asking for prayers for safety of teams coming over and that supplies be brought over by teams to not be confiscated by customs.

On Oct 15th our church will be taking up a love offering for our mission team to go towards supplies and help with costs.

We also set the remaining team meeting dates before our departure.  They are at Grace Bible Church and after Sunday School (about noon):

 *Nov 5 Survival Spanish
 *Dec 10 and 17 pre-packaging and labeling vitamins and medications, packing suitcases (with supplies and weighing them)
 *Jan 14 team commissioning (if it works with church schedule)
 * Jan 19 meet at Grace Bible Church at 8am
 * Jan 20 fly from Chicago to Dominican Republic
 * Jan 21-26 at Guest house in San Juan de la Maguana
 * Jan 27 fly from Dominican Republic to Chicago

We would enjoy the help of many on Dec 10 and 17 with counting, packaging, labeling the medications and vitamins. We also ask for your continuous prayer for our team and those we will be serving alongside with that our hearts minds and souls will be open to God's will and we follow His leading so that His love will be visible to those around us here at home, the airports, and our time in San Juan.

July 2, 2017

Upcoming Dates to Know

January may seem like so long ago or so far away but our hearts for our mission trip are afire to go.

Dates to know:

August 13 - What is short term missions? *

August 20 - Who is Solid Rock? *

August 20-26- Rice and Bean Challenge

August 27 - How will we be serving? *

September 15 - last date to commit

January 19-27, 2018 - mission trip to San Juan de la Maguana Dominican Republic

What can we do to prepare?

-pray and ask others to pray for us
-like Solid Rock on Facebook or follow their website
-collect supplies that will not expire (such as paper lunch bags, paper, general school supplies, etc..)
-start asking for financial support or raising it
-ask others for help in the collecting of supplies
-get your passport, if you don't already have it

I John 4:19 "We love Him because He first loved us."

*These classes are at Grace Bible Church Portage, WI after the church service.

March 8, 2017

Presentation

This Sunday we will present a summary of the January 2017 mission to the congregation at Grace Bible Church.

We would love for as many people as possible to come! Let me know if you need housing for the weekend.

If you can't make it, please send me a couple of sentences about your experiences on the mission.

Remember:
Save the Date- Jan 19-28, 2018

February 5, 2017


January 21
The Team arrives at O'Hare



Checked in and awaiting our flight


It's Not Over

We may be home from the DR, but let's not let our experiences fade into nothing!

We will have a team meeting after Sunday School next Sunday, February 12. I hope to use this time to share thoughts and feelings as well as a bit more formal debrief.

Next year's tentative dates are:
January 19-27, 2018
Please pray about the next mission.

January 28, 2017

Rewind- Thursday January 26

Construction of the new hospital/clinic

Getting cement ready pour a cap on the perimeter wall 
Jim shoveled more than 20 batches of concrete :-)

Rewind- Tuesday January 24

Heading to church, Dominican-style