If you feel God tugging at your heart...listen to Him. Every year we pray the same prayer, Lord please lay it on the hearts of the people that you want to be on this trip and make it clear to them that You want them to go. And once again, He has done that. We thank Him for instilling the desire to be a part of this team on so many hearts over the years and we thank the members of the Motley Mission Crew this year and years past for listening to God's promptings and following through with their commitments.If you feel God tugging at your heart...listen to Him. Every year we pray the same prayer, Lord please lay it on the hearts of the people that you want to be on this trip and make it clear to them that You want them to go. And once again, He has done that. We thank Him for instilling the desire to be a part of this team on so many hearts over the years and we thank the members of the Motley Mission Crew this year and years past for listening to God's promptings and following through with their commitments.
2017 PRAY FOR PAINT AND LOTS OF IT!!
The 2018 trip is currently being planned. As of now, we plan on offering the typical building trip, but are working on something much bigger. It is too early to offer details, but we ask everyone from Canada, the US, and the Dominican Republic and everywhere in between to pray for paint...lots of paint. STAY TUNED for more information.
Typically, we have our organizational meeting in June or July. The agenda for this meeting will include--general information on the trip, setting a date for the 2018 trip, ideas for projects, cost estimates for trip, puppet practice schedule, spanish lesson schedule, and how to best equip ourselves to become fishers of men. Whether you are a seasoned member of the Motley Mission Crew, or you would just like more information on the trip--please try to attend. If you have ever had the desire to go on a short term mission trip, please try to attend this meeting. A firm date for the meeting has not yet been set. Email Rick Raymond at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be on our email contact list.
Help to Dress a Girl Around the World
We welcome Linda Nichols to the group. Linda has a mission of her own and her organization has made thousands of dresses for girls in orphanages and poverty stricken girls and women throughout the world (20 countries). Linda started this mission when she was wheelchair bound with back injuries and started sewing the dresses in large quantities. She was introduced to us through Dave and Linda Moore who have helped the Motley Mission Crew on many occasions. And this is the really neat part. Within days of emailing Linda, she agreed to make over 100 dresses and furnish underwear for the girls in the village that we minister to. When asked if she would like to help deliver them, I think that caught her by surprise. But guess what...God wanted her to do it, and He made a way. In fact, He worked so fast and furious on Linda that it reminds me of Erin's story below.
Here are a few items that you can help to furnish Linda for her ongoing projects. She has several people that help her with the sewing, but she always needs donations for her materials. If you have new or gently used pillow cases and/or sheets that you can't see through, wide bias tape or lace, 1/2 inch elastic, thread, tee shirts, or 100% cotton material (any width-preferably bright colors), please contact Linda Nichols at 517-231-3749 or you can email her at LJNICHOLS54@yahoo.com
Here are a few of the homes that we looked at for possible builds next year. Every year we look at several homes in the area, but usually there is one that really stands out as a candidate for next year's build.
On our 2012 trip, each day an unknown lady made a long walk to our job site from a neighboring village and asked Gustavo to please have us come and look at her daughter's home and situation so we could determine if she was a worthy candidate for a new home. We normally like to build homes for struggling families that are willing workers, but when we finally got around to visiting her daughter, it was a unanimous slam dunk that one of our top prospects would break the normal mold. I don't even know this lady's name, but when we saw her in a wheelchair with no rubber on the wheels, pulled up to a table with a fire burning on it and a pot of boiling water just above her lap, somehow cutting vegetables for supper...well we just knew we had a worthy candidate. Talk about courage and perseverance--let's just say it was one of those defining moments when you realized just how good we have it. As a matter of privacy, we will not discuss details of this person's life on the webpage, but we would be happy to go into more detail if you feel God tugging at your heart to help. We were discussing this person's need for a wheelchair at church and 3 days later Lois M delivered a 'like new' wheelchair for us to bring on the trip next year. As always, we thank God for showing us these needs, laying it on the hearts of those that He wants to be His workers, and then supplying the finances to complete the task. Why not come and join us this year?
Help Sponsor a Trip Participant If you are unable to go on a trip this year, but would like to help someone out with their expenses, please let us know. Because of all the unemployment and under-employment we have several people this year that will be sending letters out to try and raise support for the mission team. Each participant's goal is to raise $1200 for a one week trip. The total goal for each participant includes $400 towards building materials and supplies. Our total budget for each trip was approximately $30,000. That is a lot of money to raise, but we give the thanks to God for laying it on so many people's hearts to help out each and every year. The last few years annually 2-4 homes were built and furnished; bibles, food, and clothing were purchased and distributed. Often times even after we return home the work continues as we have enough money furnish supplies to the locals to keep the construction and repairs going on additional homes. Please let Rick or Sherry know if you are interested in helping support someone going on the trip. If you have odd jobs that need to be done for a donation, contact us and we will see about arranging the help.
PLEASE READ THIS HEARTWARMING STORY FROM ERIN IN CANADA
June 6th Hi, I am a friend of Kim Walko and work with her at the group home. I talked to you about a year ago about sponsoring a child. I love my sponsorship and love the family that I have. My children are quite invoved and love hearing from her. When I emailed you before I was considering a trip but funds were not there. I have been praying over this a lot and even though the funds aren't all there, there is no denying that this is what I am supposed to do and I need to make the first move and God will handle the rest. I am working at how to get funds for the trip and although it is not much yet, I have $200 so far this week to go towards my trip. and I haven't even started to try yet! I am very interested in going on the trip! I need to know the deadlines for the money to be in so I can start working to get it all together before then. If there is any other information you can give to me (dates of the trip, other ways to fund raise, etc) I look forward to hearing from you soon.
From Kim Walko (with Erin's permission) Just read this note from Erin on facebook & wanted to share it with you, I'm not sure if you have had contact from her or not.
June 10, 2011 I have wanted to go on a missions trip since I was 13 years old. I started planning in my journal how I would do it and what I would do. At the time I felt like I wanted to be a mother for a orphan in a 3rd world country. I didn't know exactly what I was going to do, but that was my plan. I believe with all my heart and soul that God had placed this desire in my heart and through the years it has never left my heart. In 2000- 2003 I did my part packing boxes and checking them for operation Christmas Child but that still didn't fill my void. I then went through college for my Social Service Worker Diploma (Because I always had the desire to help people) And found work in a group home with developmentally challenged. I then had my beautiful girls and my dream of going somewhere to help was put aside for the moment. We went through a really tough time financially and emotionally in our family. This was a low in our lives but with Gods help he always had me looking to the future and made all of problems not seem so bad. I decided last year that it was time to pick up again and do what I could without leaving the country. My Family and I sponsored a little girl Yasmeiry. She is five years old and has a little sister who is 3. Even though not everything was stable for us with work, $20 a month didn't seem like much and I felt a pull to do it. We have adopted this family as our own and it has been life changing for us. And thanks to God that we were able to continue our sponsorship through good times and bad. I had a friend go to Dominican last Febuary on a missions trip to help build houses and help out in lots of other ways. She even got to go to the village where Yasmeiry and her family lived and deliver the girls VERY 1ST GIFTS THEY HAVE EVER RECEIVED! It brought a tear to everyones eyes and put another star in my eye. I have been going to church often now and I love the church we attend and somehow lately every service has been speaking to me about a mission. Now we did not have the money to be doing a trip, we are still just trying to get ourselves back on track, so I kept trying to ignore it thinking this can't be the right time, where would I ever come up with that kind of money. But time and time again it kept coming up in almost every service. I broke down and prayed "Okay God, I will think about it. I told my husband and his response was the same as mine... where will we get that kind of money. I made up a "plan" to try and he said to try and see what happens.
It was between this one and another that some of my family goes on in Guatamala. I kept praying and praying trying to decide. The Dominican one was all about roughing it and building houses, which I never could see myself doing and Guatamala was nice with real beds, real food and lots of fun stuff (although double the price!) Now logic would tell you that my choice was pretty simple but every time I would make another move towards Guatamala then sure enough, I would see my friend from the Dominican. This happened about 3-4 times before I finally said, "Ok God, didn't think this is what I could see myself doing or something that I thought I would be good at but I think this is not about me..." God put my heart at ease knowing somehow the money would be there. After I finally made the decision to go with the Dominican trip and writing the head director of my decision it all started. Day 1 - Extra 12 hour shift $200 Day 2 - Checked my vacation pay at work $420 Day 5- Went trough partylite stuff to sell and found my float money $66 Day 5 and 6- Sold $100 of old partylite products. So far have raise $786 IN LESS THAN A WEEK! Only $414 left! Now I have another choice. What do I do with the extra money I can come up with. Take someone with me or donate it... All I know is I am NOT done praying yet! MY GOD IS SO GREAT! Erin
When I read something like this, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that God is constantly at work in our lives. He makes us, He molds us, and if we just turn things over to Him, He makes things happen in our lives. I have seen it time and time again...God will make a way, when there is no other way--trust in Him! What an honor it is when God allows us to work with Him as part of His master plan. If you know Erin or someone on the Motley Mission Crew, let them know that this inspired you to do something for the team this year. Rick