Sharing Our Luxury This Christmas

12/14/2017

I was at the orthodontist with my daughter this week. The workers were asking her what she wanted for Christmas. This reminded me of the question many of us ask our sponsor students. Many times I hear this question of the students, what is your favorite food? Almost always the student has no immediate reply. Why? My guess is that food is food and having the luxury of a favorite is just that, a luxury. Christ left his luxury to come and serve us. What is within your luxury that you could share with another?

— Trace Roth

Matthew 25:37-40 (New American Standard Bible)
37 Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

Furniture & Home Goods Sale Fundraiser!

On Saturday, January 6, 2018, there will be a furniture & home goods sale benefiting Mission Possible. The sale will take place at St John Mennonite Church in Pandora, OH, and the money raised will go towards paying for some of our students in Haiti to get surgery! If you are looking to get rid of some furniture and/or home goods, or if you’re looking to buy some furniture for your home, be sure to check out this event! Details for drop-off times and shopping times can be found on our event page or Furniture Sale flyer. The images below are some of the items that will be for sale; we will also be posting pictures of different items during the next few weeks, so be sure to stay tuned!

We are excited for this event and look forward to seeing you there!

#GivingTuesday – or how about Today?

It was #GivingTuesday, a day to remember nonprofit organizations and give generously! GivingTuesday is past, but how about giving today? Did you know that everything we do depends on donors’ prayerful & financial partnership? This year, you can help us make Christmas extra special for our students & their families by giving to our Christmas Fund. With each $30 gift, you can also receive a handmade bracelet, direct from Haiti, to serve as a reminder of Philippians 2:4: “Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”

Please click here to see the different ways that you can financially partner with us!

Haiti Educators Wish List

In September, I, Tracy, had the privilege to spend time with our teachers in Haiti. We shared a meal together and then talked about our hopes and dreams as educators. Through these conversations, I learned that some of the basic supplies we take for granted in our classrooms are the ones they have on a wish list. This school year, we were able to provide each classroom with a basic school supply kit, but my goal is to provide even more. Items like construction paper, paint and brushes, musical instruments, and books (in French or Creole) would add so much to what our teachers can do with the students each day. We would love for all of you to be a part of this project, so we have created an Amazon Wish List that allows you to order what we need and have it sent directly to our office. We will then get it to Haiti when we travel there on mission trips. Click on this link to see what we are hoping to provide: Haiti Educators Wish List.

Together we can help equip the Next Generation of Christ-Centered Leaders!

As you shop on Amazon, use smile.amazon.com/ch/34-1290940 and Amazon donates to Mission Possible.

Dash for Degeance – Results

Here are the Top 5 overall teams for the “Dash for Degeance” competition! We really enjoyed seeing the numbers come in each week and loved connecting with a lot of new people through this event! We are already looking forward to the next time we do this. If you want to share with us anything about your experience- what you enjoyed about it, benefits you found from walking so much, the way your team bonded, etc- we would LOVE to hear about it. 🙂 Again, thank you to all of the teams that participated and raised money for our new Degeance campus!

1. Soul Sisters (1,969,453 steps)
2. I-B-PRO-FUN (1,961,954)
3. Pineapple Power (1,848,205)
4. Four Alarm Snuggle Kittens (1,774,981)
5. Mission Possible Minions (1,678,949)

Christmas Is Coming!

10-23-17

We’re starting to think about CHRISTMAS!

That’s right, our Christmas plans are in the making! We’re excited about a new partnership that will be happening this year. When you give $30 or more towards our Mission Possible Christmas fund (helping us buy small gifts & provide a nice meal for our students), you have the opportunity to receive a bracelet made by some young people at Growing Hope Ministries! Note: Bracelets will only be shipped within the United States due to shipping cost!

Growing Hope Ministries is located in Haiti and works with young people to equip them with life skills and knowledge for their future. They are currently hand-making bracelets to sell, and with their profits they will attend a “mini Dave Ramsey class” where they will be educated on tithing, saving to buy new materials, and spending their money wisely!

So this Christmas when you give $30 towards the Mission Possible Christmas fund, you are not only partnering with us to make Christmas extra special for our students and their families, but you’re also partnering with with the young people at Growing Hope Ministries, as well! What a wonderful opportunity to be a blessing to so many people!

More information can be found on our website under “Get Involved”, along with the order form to fill out & mail in! 🙂 Please email Rene@OurMissionIsPossible.org with any questions!

Graduation Is Approaching!

10-20-17

In December, our student and adult leaders will be graduating from their two year programs. They have been hearing lectures on leadership, participating in activities on leadership, and practicing giving their leadership away. Over these past two years, we’ve seen these students and adults grow. They have worked hard and desire to make a difference at their schools, churches, and communities. Not only are these growing leaders participating in what we are asking them to do, but they are excited to learn and serve others. In January of 2018 we will have a new group of adult and student leaders learning how to be Christ-centered leaders.

We will be sending down a team to assist in equipping our leaders this December. We will also be visiting all our schools, attending the leadership graduation, and visiting a church. If anyone would like to join this team or would like more information including dates and prices, email Darren@OurMissionIsPossible.org . Thanks to all of you who have helped us equip our leaders!

Another Story, Another Change

10-12-2017

Just this morning I heard another story of how a mission trip changed lives.

We North Americans like to think we are the change agents. We believe we have the solutions and the access to the knowledge, skills, money and resources to enact those solutions. Many times we go from a position of power to help those in need. We are the Calvary riding in the save the day.

The story I heard was just the opposite. It was the North Americans who were changed. It was the North Americans whose mission trip intersected with God’s movement in their lives. We are the needy and God is the one with power.

Come on a trip. Yes, you will help those in need. Yes, you will experience another culture and a people who love God as we do. Yes, God will change you in the process.

Mission Possible Short Term Mission Teams

— Trace Roth

Christian Education Update

10-5-17

This is an update of our Christian Education in Haiti from our Haitian field leader Pastor Herve.

CRECH (Consortium for the Reinforcement of Christian Education in Haiti) is an organization that has worked to integrate the Bible in every subject of the curriculum.

The purpose of their book is to instill Christian values to help students to become citizens of character that people can trust. Every lesson in the book has two main things: a Bible verse and the moral value of the lesson.

Since the beginning of this program, every year we experienced the presence of God. We have seen God move powerfully through it. In the last six months, we saw 37 students came to Christ. We have people monitoring the kids to know who goes or doesn’t go to church. Most of the students who have accepted Christ continue going to church every week.

The tool given by CRECH has been a tremendous blessing to our school. Praise the Lord!

The motto of CRECH is: “Be transformed, in order to see your communities and your villages transformed.” The students involved in the leadership weekend program will soon be the ones coming to our Bible School.

Helping Hands

9-27-17

Here at our Mission Possible office, there are many little tasks that need done on a regular basis. We deeply appreciate our volunteers who generously give of themselves to help where it’s needed and come alongside the ministry in an effort to get tasks accomplished. They are a vital part of this ministry; without them, we couldn’t accomplish all that we do!

If you are ever looking to volunteer your time, please reach out to Tara@OurMissionIsPossible.org. Thank you SO MUCH to those of you who have served with us in the past; we enjoy your fellowship and joyful attitudes that you bring to us here in the office!