Graceworks Global travels to many developing countries that desperately need clean, safe, water – and we do our best to get them as much help as we can, but until recently, it was almost unthinkable to need such a thing in the USA. However, with all of the recent hurricanes and subsequent flooding, we find it necessary to lend aid to some of our own here in the States.
One of our local churches in Payson, AZ, Mountain Bible Church, (in cooperation with Samaritan’s Purse), is taking a clean-up crew to areas near the Houston, TX area – and we want to help! It’s not possible for us to physically go at this time, but we are sending some water filter kits ahead of them to distribute to those whose ground water has been contaminated. Our friends at Mountain Bible will be using these buckets to share the good news of Jesus and it is our hope and prayer that many will receive Jesus as the Living and True Water of Life.
If you would like to be partner with us and purchase a filter kit for a family in need…
We just need 82 people to sponsor 1 bucket in order to reach our goal!
Because we are ordering in bulk, we are receiving a special rate from GreenHitechs.com as they are helping us accomplish a part of the vast need. The kits, normally $100 plus shipping, are being offered to us for only $80. Families will not have to wait for stores to re-stock water or for the humanitarian workers to get water to them. They will be able to purify their own water wherever they are! This is a huge benefit to them.
If you cannot contribute financially, please be in prayer for those going, that they may truly be a light in the darkness and that many will be saved through the distribution of these buckets.
Some people live and learn. Some people just live. No matter how many times I hear that quote, it is always a personal challenge to me to be in the first group. I never want to get so comfortable in life that I forget to keep learning – not only the teachings of God, but also the WAY He wants me to live those out – even down to the “small” things.
This month, Allen and I have had to learn a few ways NOT to do some things. I used to read a book to my kids when they were little called “Moosey Saves Money”. We loved that book and would laugh all the way through at how silly Moosey was to work so hard to save money when he always cost himself more in the end. Well, this month was “Welcome to Moosey’s World!” in the Mann house.
In an effort to save money on shipping the water filtration buckets to Nicaragua, we ended up spending more. Not only did they not arrive during the time they were promised to arrive (when the team was there!), they accrued customs and holding fees they were not supposed to accrue. It was a costly mistake that will not be repeated. But, it does have a silver lining…
Allen has been given the opportunity by the staff of Ponderosa to make an impromptu trip to Nicaragua to resolve the situation. He will now be able to hand out the water buckets, personally sharing the gospel with each recipient. We will also be doing water purity tests to make sure the buckets are able to filter even the worst water. (One area has a well that is too close in proximity to a bathroom and the well has been unusable. We are excited to see if these buckets can make it a safe water source for these dear people once again!)
This will be a six day trip. He leaves VERY early in the morning and will return home next Tuesday night. Please be in prayer for the people who will hear the gospel and for wisdom for us as we make connections that will enable us to deal more effectively in the future.
In the meantime, we are taking Moosey’s final advice to heart…
The Nica Team arrived home late last night. (Actually, really early this morning!) Everyone is tired (but well) and still excited about all God did on the trip.
More to come on the details of the ministries that occurred, but for now, we are enjoying having Daddy home! (Well, technically, he is at the office this minute, but we had some time this morning!)
Again, thank you for your prayers and support! Have a blessed day, and look for a ministry report (hopefully) soon!
Tonight is our last night before Team Nica leaves! We are spending some family time watching an old movie together…
But while the kids are still sleeping (at 3:30 am!), Team Nica will be up and readying for their long day of travel. Please keep them in your prayers. We ask specifically for prayer that the team remain healthy and have the boldness in Christ to speak the hope of Jesus to everyone they encounter! Thank You! We can do nothing apart from your prayers and support!
The first days in pictures and excerpts from Allen’s journal….
“Our first outing was to a new church, planted by our friends in Cebu. Pastor Cris and his brother are working with this church as well as another.”
“We saw so many cute little faces, holding bowls, cups and spoons, awaiting a free meal of porridge. The kids were noisy as they made instruments out of their bowls and spoons, drumming up whatever showed their expression of anticipation for the meal. While they waited for the food, they also sang Bible songs and worked on a memory verse.”
“At the second church plant, there were twice as many children as the first and they were all there with bowls and spoons, awaiting their free meal. We sang some songs with them and then I was asked if I wanted to say anything to the children. Of course I did, and I shared the message of God’s love and forgiveness with them and of God’s free gift of eternal life. They seemed to be pretty well taught in the stories of the Bible, but I wanted to make certain they knew that God’s free gift is exactly that – Free!”
The team is back in Cebu now and it is currently Sunday morning there. Pastors Joe and Allen will be preaching at 2 different churches very soon. Please continue to pray for their health and for clarity of the Good News.
In just a few short hours, Allen and our Philippine Mission Team heads to Sky Harbor to begin their LONG journey! Bags are (mostly) packed. 300 children’s ministry books and 75 Foundational Doctrine Books are copied and bound. Breakfast is in the crockpot and the coffee is brewing.
Our amazing church has gathered and prayed for each of them…
The team is now ready! Please pray that God’s work would be done, hearts would be ready, and our team would remain healthy and able to do the work to which they have been called.
Thank you for your part in this ministry. Your prayer and support is what makes this possible! And OH! All the money has been provided for the food for the children and pastors! We praise God for providing through you!
We have a team going on a mission trip to the Philippines the first week in February. On this trip we will be teaching pastors and ministering to children in the slum communities. Our desire is to not only feed them with the Word of God but to also tend to their physical needs and provide a healthy meal. It will cost $800 to feed children and pastors for the days we are with them. (We anticipate 60 pastors and up to 500 children!)
Please pray with us that many will trust in Christ, that pastors will be encouraged, and that our team will remain healthy. If you would like to financially partner in this endeavor, please make contributions out to Ponderosa Bible Church and mark it “Philippine Food”. You can log on to www.pbcpayson.org and contribute through Paypal as well. Thank you and God bless!
Have you ever noticed that life doesn’t always go as planned? In fact, I’ve come to the conclusion that it actually very seldom does.
It’s a lesson my kids have had to learn early….
We have a lot of surprises in this life – not all of them are very fun.
But some of them are!!!
Last year around this time, Allen traveled to Liberia, hoping to teach the public school teachers there how to share the gospel. It was not possible at that time because of the Ebola crisis, but that opportunity is now here! Allen is currently in Ghanta and will be teaching the Make It Clear Seminar to these teachers in just a few hours. It’s conceivable that up to 10,000 public school students will hear the gospel through these teachers! Please pray with us today that the gospel of grace will do its amazing work in the hearts of these teachers, and consequently, in the hearts of their students!