The purpose of this trip is to deepen our relationship with Christ and with the Navajo people as we work together to become disciples and make disciples of those we are serving.
The Pueblo Pintado Navajo Mission Team is still looking
for team members to join them this summer on the reservation. If you or someone you know are interested in
going on this wonderful mission trip, please contact Tami Dillard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An opportunity to learn about the effects of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation. There will be hands on involvement with Wellspring Living’s recovery programs for girls and women as well as outreach activities in downtown Atlanta.Interested participants must be female, 20 years old and older, complete an application, and pass a background check.
We are offering a short Vision Trip, Sunday through Wednesday, October 7-10. My husband Chuck and I would host this group.
The purpose of a Vision Trip is to experience first-hand the ministry of Young Life Haiti and The Good Shepherd School in order to catch the vision and get involved financially or with future service. The main difference in a Vision Trip and a Mission Trip is that team members do not actively participate in a work or ministry project. It is more about seeing and learning rather than doing and serving.
Sunday: Afternoon arrival / Dinner / Gather with Haitian staff for worship, sharing and vision
Monday: Visit the Good Shepherd School / Lunch / City Tour / Serve at Mother Teresa Orphanage / Dinner
Tuesday: Visit Young Life work and meet leaders / Lunch / Tour Apparent Project Employment Ministry / Dinner
Wednesday: Prayer over city and staff / Afternoon Departure
For those of you who want to see, learn, and encourage those doing God's work in Haiti--COME ON!!
Pueblo Pintado Mission Team Still Making a Difference
Over 120 Christmas shoe boxes were shipped to children who live in dorms throughout the school year in Pueblo Pintado, New Mexico. This effort was lead by members of the 2010 Pueblo Pintado mission team and supported by members of Sugarloaf as well as businesses Laarhoven and e4 Design. Following is an excerpt of an email from a school staff member in Pueblo Pintado regarding what the shoeboxes mean to the students.
"Our school is a day/ residential K-8th grade elementary school run by the Bureau of Indian Education. At the present time we have over 120 students 1st -8th grade residing the dormitory Sunday- Friday. Of the student population, 90% do not have running water and over 60% still do not have electricity in the homes. Almost 100% of the students are on the reduce school lunch program and over 80% come from a single parent homes. I would like to say, "Thank You" for your support in sending out the "Christmas Shoe Boxes" to the students who resident in the Residential Hall during the school year. The students look forward to these boxes each year with great anticipation! To many of these students this will be the only "Christmas Gift " that they will receive and they know it! Also the Holiday are not always looked upon with excitement, because of the uncertainty of what will happen. Alcohol is often associated with the Holidays and when people are drinking, almost anything can or might happen. So many of our students worry about what the holidays might bring. So the "SHOE BOXES" are one bright spot in their lives during this time.
The Sugarloaf UMC Haiti Team was Furtunate to be a Part of This Historic Event
Partnering with UMCOR (United Methodist Center on Relief) and COAD (Catoosa Organization Acting in Disaster) designed to work to rebuild homes that were destroyed and uninsured or underinsured
FAITH IN ACTION:
12 HOURS OF PURPOSE
July 22, 2011
This summer Beyond the Walls will be premiering our first "Day Mission Trip". We will partnering with Global Frontier Missions/World Relief for 12 hours of purpose from 8am to 8pm. The Day will include activities that bring awareness and education as we serve the refugee community. We will end the day with a time of worship and reflection.
Here is a note from the leader:
I pray you have all, rested, cooled off, and nursed the bug bites since our day together on Friday. Hopefully you have processed the day and saw where God showed up for you.
it was hot,
we got dirty,
we learned about things we did not understand or agree with,
we tasted some interesting food,
we got bitten by bugs,
we were delayed by a broken down van.
On the other hand;
we sacrificed a day to be His servant,
we learned about another religion in hope of finding ways to build bridges and lead others towards His kingdom,
we got to know more about our brothers and sisters in the faith family,
we spent time with a beautiful annointed missionary who has a true servant's heart,
we saw the convicted passion of a young worship leader,
we learned how we can be global, by being the hands, feet and heart of Jesus at the local level
we saw the rallying efforts of a team when a sister did not feel well
we traded smiles with people from other nations at the Dekalb Farmers market
we allowed ourselves to be sensitive to the Spirit and how He would guide our day
we said "send me" when He said "Whom shall I send?',
And these are only a few of the blessings of the day.
I have been replaying the day and remembering many of the details. I look at how I loved serving with each and every one of you. It warms my heart when I think of your serving spirits and your display of love for Jesus just by showing up. Many more things come to mind but what my big take away is, we were created to "enjoy His grace and extend His glory." By this I believe what Jon said about loving the broken, serving the least of these, taking this message to ALL nations. We have been blessed with so much. I read in the book, Radical by David Platt, that if we have running water, shelter over our heads, clothes to wear, food to eat, and some means of transportation (even if it's public transportation), we are in the top 15% of the people's wealth in the world. This means he's extended his grace and glory to us so that all the earth will see his glory. I don't know what that will look like for you but I pray you will prayerfully consider what "next step" God has in mind for you.
For your "next step" I would like to suggest you read "Radical" by David Platt. Here is a review from Wess Stafford, president and CEO, Compassion International.
"David Platt challenges Christians to wake up, trade in false values rooted in the American dream, and embrace the notion that each of us is blessed by God for a global purpose......This is a must read for every believer!" Tami gave me this book as a gift and I must say that page by page it is challenging me as to where I am, and what my purpose is, as it is becomes clear to me, we are all called to serve.
Thank you for putting your faith in action. I pray that as you enjoy His grace and extend His glory, you will be open to the Spirit as he shows you what God's purpose is in your life to help point the world toward the kingdom.
I am honored and blessed to serve with you.
Grace and Peace,
" We have never been more blessed to be the hands and feet of Christ for a week. Thanks Pam for leading such a great trip."
"We have met the most wonderful people on this Mission Trip, families as well as volunteers. We continue to be in contact with several families and feel honored to have served on the Lighthouse. It was a true blessing.-Dawn "
Lighthouse Family Retreat
Sunday, July 10th - Saturday, July 16th 2011
Lighthouse Family Retreat. A place where families struggling with a child who has cancer can relax, unwind, get reconnected with each other and get reconnected with GOD. A place where moms and dads and sisters and brothers are just that. Not the parent or sibling of a child with cancer... But rather just another family enjoying a week at the beach; laughing, playing, making memories. As a volunteer from Sugarloaf UMC, we will help make their week as carefree as possible, enabling them to concentrate on each other, and renew their hope in GOD. Whatever your gift may be, there is a place to serve at Lighthouse. A warm smile and servant attitude is all that is required.
Nicaragua 2011 Recap
A word from Mike Flanagan, the leader of the trip.
This was my third trip to Nicaragua and I have seen God’s presence every time. This year it was at El Chonco, a village of 300 families that had been living without a school, without running water, and without any hope up until 2 years ago. Amigos discovered this group of people and decided to build a school.Once completed, they began an ambitious water project to drill a well, run 2 miles of pipe, and hook up a faucet at each home. With the water project almost complete, these families will now have access to clean water for the first time in 10 years.
All of this was made possible by the volunteer efforts of people who live comfortable lives in the U.S and who could spend their free time doing ANYTHING else. But God called each and every one to fulfill His plan to improve the lives of Rural Nicaraguans, and impact those with the picks and shovels in the process. There is NO other explanation, and God’s presence was very obvious to all of us who participated.
I wish I could take everyone I know who questions the very existence of our Creator to Nicaragua to see God where he is at work. They would be changed forever.
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We are safely back home, arrived last night and ready to resume our routine life.
I would like to express how great it was to meet and know each one of you while in Pueblo Pintado.
I was envying you who had "wow" & "touching" moments while I was struggling at nursery/preschool. I was frustrated when I couldn't teach those little ones of Our Lord Jesus. I was disappointed when I couldn't use any of our much prepared lesson plans, games and crafts.
The realization came to me slowly that I was "serving" God by keeping the kids of those women who were thirsty for God's words, who couldn't wait to run to the women's bible group when they dropped off their children. I tried to engage in a few conversations with moms before they left and I saw how excited they were to join the study group and how much they enjoyed the moments together with other women without their little ones.
I saw that God touched everyone's heart when I saw the tears of testimony. I saw God was leading when no one was hesitating to step in to do work and help others, including little "Paske" and "Ellis". I saw God's work when I saw the faces of the Navajo people whenever they were around.
God had a reason for putting me in "nursery/preschool." I believe He was testing my "patience".....be careful what you are praying for (He may give you what you pray for!)......Julia reminded me that I was praying for patience and He gave me the opportunity to practice that for which I had prayed (ha-ha..).
It was a blessing to have my partner Karen work with me. We were able to joke and comfort each other in the middle of chaos(?), and in the kitchen. It was a blessing to have my encouragement partner (what a great idea!) Mark gave words of wisdom every morning to help me make it thru the mornings.
My children loved the experience and expressed willingness to go back to serve again. This made us not only proud parents but to be part of a team of great people.
I am no longer envious nor frustrated, because God was working on me in different ways.
Tami and other leaders, you are amazing troopers. You, especially, worked harder and longer hours than any other.
I look forward to on-going relationships as I feel we have bonded.
Have a blessed day!
Haiti a Year Later
January 12, 2011 marks the 1 year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. The devastating earthquake killed nearly 300,000 people and left millions more homeless. Over one million people, half of them children, still live in tents today. They still struggle to find food...to find work... to attend school...many just barely surviving. The country is suffering from a cholera epidemic...1000 new case per day, which can be easily treated with clean water and medication, which they have very little. The country is suffering from discord as well, as the recent presidential election results have not been finalized and violence continues to erupt as people fight for their rights and seek change. Haiti is hurting! The people need our prayers and our help. Please lift up this country today. Pray for restoration, pray for healing, pray for peace, pray for revival. Pray for the many organizations and ministries on the ground and overseas that are working tirelessly to make a difference. Pray for The Good Shepherd School and the community of Pele...for the students and staff as they continue to move forward despite the hardships to bring education to the community and food to the hungry. Please pray for Chedrick Caneus, the Headmaster and Young Life national director...for strength and encouragement and wisdom to lead the staff at the school and the staff and leaders of Young Life as they share the gospel of Jesus Christ to students and young adults all over the country.
While circumstances seem so overwhelming and hopeless at times, there is hope! And God is at work....if you would like to read more about the progress at The Good Shepherd School please see the 2010 Year in Review. The school was also featured in a News piece which aired Sunday night on Nickelodeon (great to share with your kids). http://www.nick.com/videos/nick-news-videos/
We have all probably been inconvenienced by the winter storm...unable to get out, searching for food in the pantry to feed the kids...and neighbor kids:)...waiting for school to reopen to get "back to normal." Think about the life of a Haitian brother or sister and what their life must be like each day. Thank God for all he has provided us with, be grateful today for a home and food and opportunity....and PRAY FOR HAITI.
Our 2010 mission season was complete with our final team serving the Appalachia Service Project in Chavies, Kentucky; November 4 – 7.
The season was full of surprises, stories, and divine moments that are forever planted in our hearts.
We dug water pipelines with Amigos for Christ outside of Chinandega, Nicaragua. We provided Vacation Bible School to the children on the Pueblo Pintado Navajo Indian Reservation in western New Mexico. We partnered with World Relief and Global Frontier Missions in serving the Refugee community in Clarkston, Georgia. We fed children peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at the Good Shepherd School in Port-a-Prince, Haiti.
We appreciate the prayers and support of our friends and family and are thankful for the faithfulness of God in allowing us to serve Him around the world.
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