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.’
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!
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!
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
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.
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!
I (Kimberlie) am so excited to reach this time of year! One of the reasons is that I am preparing to take a team from three states and six different cities to Haiti to take student and class photos for the 2017/2018 school year. We are working hard to prepare all that is needed to capture over 6,000 photos that will be given to the students, teachers and student sponsors. The photos are also often used for Mission Possible promotional material throughout the next year. Since we are staying an extra day this year, we will also be presenting a VBS program one day for Mission Possible students and other kids in the community. We could use your prayers for that week to run smoothly, and for all of our team to remain healthy and safe during the trip.
It’s safe to say that everyone on our staff shares a heart for this ministry. The people that we serve on the island of Hispaniola, the donors that support us, the team members that have caught the vision while serving on trips, the different ways we see God’s glory on display… those are all things that fuel our passion.
Because of our hearts for this ministry, we would LOVE to share about Mission Possible with you. We would LOVE to take you on a team with us. We would LOVE to have the opportunity to be a voice for the ones we serve in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. We would LOVE to share about how God is moving on that island.
If there’s ever an opportunity for us to come speak at your church, count us in! Maybe you’re interested in taking a trip to serve, or you’ve just been curious about what it would look like to partner with us in other ways… we would love to talk to you about that, too! It’s a blessing for us to be able to share about what God has put on our hearts and the calling that He’s given us.
To set something up, please email Office@OurMissionIsPossible.org — we can’t wait to hear from you!
We are SO EXCITED about our upcoming, world-wide fundraiser! Seen below is the information about “Dash for Degeance”, a brand new event that Mission Possible is doing during the month of October. Throughout the month, each participant (4 participants per team, $25/participant, $100/team) will be in charge of keeping track of how many steps they take each day using their Fitbit, Apple watch, phone, pedometer, etc. The team captain will submit their numbers weekly, and the team that accumulates the most steps by the end of October wins a prize! The money raised during this fundraiser will benefit our new Degeance campus in Haiti.
One of the great things about this event is that you don’t have to be from the Findlay, OH area to participate since everything is submitted online throughout the month! So gather your friends- near and far- and form a team! Visit the Dash for Degeance registration form to register! ALL TEAMS MUST BE REGISTERED BY SEPTEMBER 30.
Please email Rene@OurMissionIsPossible.org with any questions!
Click here to view the flyer for more information: Dash for Degeance
For those of us living in the Findlay area, we know what the last week of August means: time for the Hancock County Fair! Just like in years past, Mission Possible has a booth set up in the merchant building. We invite you to stop by and see us! We will be giving out free samples of Haitian coffee, as well as selling t-shirts and bags of coffee! Thank you for your support of Mission Possible; we look forward to connecting with you this week at the fair!