Meet the family

Our journey to January 25th has really begun.  Pastor Juan in Tecpan has selected the family that will receive the house.  I wanted to introduce you to them.

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We will build a house for Etelvina’s family (pictured above).  She is a 41-year old single mom, whose husband abandoned her, and their two children.  She lives on $9 a month from a job cleaning and making tortillas.

Her two children are Helen (15 years old/6th Grade) and Antony (12 years old/4th Grade).

Pastor Juan says that they usually just eat lunch and something small at night.

The house will cost $2,800, which includes all materials for the house, concrete foundation, bunk bed, ONIL stove, and Pila (water basin).  We will try to gather some important household items as the trip approaches.  We will need bed linens (three beds), eating utensils, plates and bowls (durable plastic is best), clothes hooks, backpacks, and a few gifts for each of the family members.  If you feel led to help with any of these, please let me know.

Their housing situation is desperate.  As you can see from the picture, rain and wind are constant problems.  Please help us give this family a safe, dry and warm place to call home.

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We will keep you posted on the family as we learn more.  Thank you for your willingness to help.

Dios te Bendiga,

Brad

Hats

Hats  (Posted by Rick)

I wear many hats.   I have always liked to wear caps.   When I was a kid  it tended to drive my mom crazy that I always wore caps.  Now as an adult, I continue to wear many hats, both physically and metaphorically.

1.  Farming

I am a farmer.  Farmers tend to wear seed hats, feed hats, equipment hats.  The purpose, keep the sun off your face  for shade and protection.

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2. Insurance

I own and operate a small insurance agency, thus my second hat.

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3. Volunteer

My third hat is being a volunteer in the Medical equipment drive that collects and sends wheelchairs and equipment to Bethel Ministries in Guatemala and is supported by On His Path. www.onhispath.com

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Greg Laber and family helping load chairs in Vermont

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Rick and John Mitchell (Founder of “On His Path”)

 

My involvement with the equipment collection truly was answer to prayer.

(Reference January 10 blogpost “Answering the Call to Serve”)

For by grace are ye are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8, 9 KJV)

This has always been a favorite scripture of mine.  It is comforting to KNOW that I have been saved by GRACE!   The next part is often confused by many.    Even though it says it in black and white….Many see this as we are saved by Grace BY our good works.

But in reality we ARE save by Grace FOR works.

I am truly thankful for the wheelchair ministry and the Salvation that has directed me toward doing the WORKS in this ministry!

As we prayerfully prepare for our return in January to Guatemala as the J127 team, we appreciate any support.

Ways you can help

Prayer support is # 1.    Please pray that our team is fully assembled.  Whether 2 or 8,  let it be a group of men who are willing to serve HIM, the Bethel team, Pastor Juan, and the people of Tecpan.

Another way to support is to help with physical donations.   backpacks,  school supplies, black shoes, Hotwheels toys,  stocking hats, gloves……anything that we can put in checked baggage to distribute.

A third way is with monetary donations.    As always the members of the team have covered their trip expenses.   Any donations will allow additional projects to be completed. If you feel led to help contribute,  here is an idea of project costs.

Currently we are scheduled for a 20 wheelchair distribution.  1 wheelchair is $125

1 – house build.   A home costs $2,800

4 – “kitchen” additions.   An Onil stove is $200 and the structure is $100.

15 – Food bags.   A bag of food will last a family 1 week.  $50

If you feel so led to participate with us through monetary donations,  you may donate any amount that can be applied toward any of these projects.  Any monetary donations are tax deductible.   As you are doing your year end tax planning,  please prayerfully consider supporting Bethel.

Back to the hats…….

Would you consider joining me in wearing a Bethel Ministries hat?

We have designed these hats to help advertise our mission in the wheelchair collections.   I love Brad’s design of the cross wheel ,   it says it all………the Gospel is the Center of Bethel’s wheelchair ministry.  Dios te Bendiga is Spanish for “God bless you”.

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As a fundraiser we are offering these hats in appreciation of monetary donations of $20 or more.

If you are interested,  let us know.

Thank you for following J127.org!

 

Dios te Bendiga

Ricardo

(Rick Fulton)

Jaden

Jaden (from Rick)

The other evening, I was truly humbled and blessed!  Annette and I went to pick up a donated wheelchair for the On His Path sponsored collection drive – A  mom had  answered a call for equipment I put out on Facebook.

Meet Jaden.

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 Jaden is seven years old – a first grader. He was born with Spina Bifida. Jaden’s mom said they wanted to donate his old equipment, but he had a hard time letting go of it, because it had been such a big part of his life, and he was quite attached. So, I suggested she and Jaden look at the BMI website (www.bethelministriesinternational.com) . This would allow Jaden to see ‘who’ his chair might help, and also see the children in Guatemala that have already been helped.…. And Jaden watched.

When we arrived, we were introduced to Jaden… a bright, energetic and engaging young man. He showed us his current wheelchair, and all the neat things he could do in it. He was fast, and agile, and independent, and free. His personality was like sunshine… and he shared this with me…..”I looked at the website….it looks like they really need this stuff”  “I think they are really going to like the Spiderman sticker on the back!”. What a special little guy!!

Bottom line in tonight’s encounter…..

I have been humbled when serving at a distribution in Guatemala.   I have also now been really humbled collecting equipment for distribution!

Jaden’s bright spirit and attitude was truly inspiring! The huge blessing was that it took our collection efforts to such a PERSONAL level!  Until now,  MOST of the chairs we have collected have been from Hospitals and Nursing homes, or friends that indirectly acquired them. Quite often we collected several at a time.  I now realized that we have literally collected hundreds of chairs, almost Anonymously.   Today we were blessed  by truly sharing the mission with an awesome little 7 year old boy who PERSONALLY donated his chair! And we were the ones that were truly blessed!

Thanks Jaden!   Proverbs 22:9. Blessed are those who are generous

Dios te Bendiga Jaden!
Rick
Ps….I am excited and hopeful that when we return to serve with Bethel this winter I might have the blessing and opportunity to personally fit Jaden’s donated wheelchair (complete with Spider-Man sticker) with a child in Guatemala!