Today I’ll take you on a tour from Thailand, to the Dominican Republic, then Africa and finally our church’s local outreach called 7 Families for 7 Days, which is done each Christmas here in Michigan. We love these ministries and would love to show you how they have touched many lives this past year.John & I love missions and this past summer we went to Bangkok, Thailand with Andy and a small team from his church, Plymouth Christian Fellowship. It was a great experience with our son and we saw things from that beautiful land that we’ve never seen before. To read about our trip, check out my post Touching The Heart of Thailand.
At this time of the year, you may be looking for charities to donate to. John & I personally know the directors of Hope International Ministries (Hope) and Little Dresses For Africa (LDFA) and we highly recommend them. They are outstanding people and are doing incredible things in the Dominican Republic, Africa and other impoverished parts of the world. Your gift will make a BIG difference and at the end of this post you will find links to be able to donate.
But first, this picture of Rachel, the founder and director of Little Dresses For Africa, holding a precious baby with some of the ladies from the village with their Buckets of Hope, says a million words!
Katie and Mariah from our team painted an inspirational mural for our host, Covenant Church in Bangkok.
This is one of the homes and a couple of the ladies in the slums of Bangkok, where we ministered.
The next day we found a young girl, in one of the slum communities, wearing a little dress that we gave her.
The Dominican Republic ~ Hope International Ministries
John & I do volunteer work for Hope International Ministries throughout the year at the warehouse in Michigan. John coordinates their logistics and I assist him in getting the donations ready for the 40 foot shipping container, which is shipped to the Dominican Republic each May.
Dr. Mike is one of the doctors that examines a little boy at one of the clinics. The medical team examined and medically treated 2,537 people, over the 6 days of clinics.
Hope’s eye care team examined approximately 400 people and fitted 389 individuals with eyeglasses.
The construction team finished building a church that was only 4 walls and a roof when they arrived. Now it has bathrooms, a septic field, sidewalks, a finished exterior, a cement floor and a platform. They completed this three week project in only 5 days!
Africa ~ Little Dresses For Africa
Rachel, the founder and director of Little Dresses For Africa, holds a precious baby with some of the ladies from the village, holding their Buckets of Hope. Each trip LDFA personally visits the local widow and child headed homes, where the team prays with them and gives out approximately 300 Buckets of Hope. These buckets will be used for carrying water and/or storing food, but when they are given they are filled with; a bible in their language, a mosquito net, food items, laundry detergent & body soap. LDFA raises the money needed for these buckets in the USA and then buys the items in Africa.
USA ~ Metro City Church
Becky (left), Metro’s Reach Local director headed the 7 Families for 7 Days. Melissa (right) is her assistant.
This was the grocery room filled with all kinds of groceries.
This was the perishables area.
John & I filled our car trunk and back seat to make a special delivery, a few days before Christmas too.
- Examined and medically treated 2,537 people.
- Prescribed and filled 6,000 prescriptions.
- The eye care team examined around 400 people, fitting 389 individuals with eyeglasses.
- The dental team examined and treated more than 410 people and extracted 347 teeth.
- The construction team finished building a church that had only 4 walls and a roof when they arrived. Now it has bathrooms, a septic field, sidewalks, a finished exterior, a cement floor and platform. This three week project was completed in 5 days!
There was a Pastor’s Conference speaking into the lives of 350 national pastors.
- After receiving prayer, 600 people accepted Jesus into their lives. Several people’s eyes were healed, that could not see because of cataracts, and others no longer needed their wheelchairs. Also, one man was healed of Parkinson’s disease.
- Hope donated and delivered more than 7 million USD in medicine and medical equipment.
- $100,000 in medicine and supplies were sent to Haiti, providing 6,000 children with a month of daily vitamins.
- The clinic Hope supports in Santo Domingo was supplied with enough medicines and supplies for another year.
- 5 other ministries were blessed with much needed supplies as well.
- Over 2 million little dresses have been sent out from the Michigan location, but little dresses go out from all across the USA.
- Dresses are shipped to the Michigan location from all 50 states as well as Canada, Mexico, Australia, UK, Austria and Singapore.
- Little dresses have been sent to 46 countries in Africa, as well as Honduras, Haiti, Philippines, Mexico, Indian reservations in the Dakotas, Appalachian areas of the US, Guatemala, India, Vietnam Nam, the Dominican Republic and Thailand.
- The director, Rachel has been to Africa 12 times and has led 10 teams to Africa.
- In 2014 we will build the second block of the Nan Ray primary school and a soccer field.
- We will open our second well in the villages near the school.
- We will continue our Buckets of Hope relief to widows and child headed families and teach about sanitation and clean water lessons.
- LDFA’s dignity program for young girls is a self esteem series of lessons and LDFA will also distribute sani panties and teach about personal hygiene.
- LDFA is working toward financing a curriculum that is focused on dignity and honor for each other in the name of Jesus.
- 7 Families for 7 Days is a local outreach provided by Metro City Church, where many families in need receive a month’s worth of groceries & toiletries.
- Metro City Church blessed 75 families this Christmas.
- 35 hams and well over 45 turkeys were donated and given away. A local Family Video store generously donated the 35 hams.
- Over 350 cans of soup and vegetables were donated by the people of Metro.
- Hundreds & hundreds of toiletry items were donated from the people of Metro and Metro’s coupon-ers group.
- Many hats, scarves and mittens/gloves were donated and given out as well.
- Metro Kids created ornaments that were added to the “joy packets”, which contained the ornaments, an Andy Stanley’s book called “Good Enough”, candy, gum, and the Metro letter explaining what 7 Families is all about.
- Beckie is the director over Reach Local at Metro and has been helping with 7 families for 6 years. Metro has been doing this outreach, in some type of capacity, for approximately 10+ years.
One of my favorite verses in the bible is Galatians 6:9 (NIV): “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Thank you so much for reading throughout this past year and many blessings to you & your family in the new year to come!