Sunday, August 31, 2008

An Attitude of Gratitude or 5 Days to Go!

And we're done! It's been quite a run. In the last sixty days we've had a restaurant fundraiser (Thanks Rubio's) a Car Wash (Thanks Mountain Ridge Baptist Church and Chick Fil A) and a fantastic fundraising dinner called "A Taste of Haiti" (Thanks Mountain Ridge, Chick Fil A, Mountain Ridge Youth and many more).

We are now 5 days out. All that stands between us are a Tropical Storm named Hannah, a Hurricane named Gustav and what the weather service calls a "potential disturbance" of high intensity which could be Ike. It's in God's hands though. Nothing is greater than God and His plans will prevail and we will accept whatever it is He lays before us.

I title this post "An Attitude of Gratitude" because that's exactly what I have right now. I wish I could share the excitement of Friday night's event with you. Like many other awesome events in our lives it went all too fast and appears as a blur in my memory. Nonetheless, I do know this. We were able to raise a good portion of money for Haiti. We were able to share the needs of the Haitian people with at least 140 people and best of all we saw people coming together as the hands and feet of Christ right there at the dinner. No - we weren't directly serving the poor and no we didn't run out and clothe the needy that evening but what we saw were people using their finances and giving up their evening to support the team, to fight against poverty and to learn more about what's happening in other parts of the world where there is need. I saw the Mountain Ridge Youth coming together to serve and many adults too. I saw people sacrificing items for the silent auction and I say people bidding and buying to raise funds. I heard from people who were touched by the videos we presented and I heard from others who said "Send Me! - I want to go!" How great is that!?

More to come - Pray for those in the path of Gustav and pray for our team as we make final preparations for the big trip! Be back soon. Thanks for all your patience with my intermittent blogging.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Quick Update

Come see some of the team this Sunday from 12pm to 4pm at the Cabelas at Westgate in Glendale. We're going to work with the "Fire Up Freedom" Fire Engine to attract some folks, create some awareness and possibly raise some funds. Here's the addresses and websites - We'd love to see you there!

Fire Up Freedom - Click Here to Check out their Site

Cabela's at Westgate - We'll be in the lot near the Fire Up Freedom Truck

Stop by and Say "Hello" - We appreciate the support! Talk to you soon!

Friday, August 1, 2008

The Next Step - More Details

We are now one month and four days from the trip! We had an awesome team meeting on Wednesday and this little group is excited and ready to work. I know it's only a week in Haiti, but just think, if more teams went down and just put in a week all year long.....more would happen.

Your now part of our journey as a reader and I hope you stay along for the ride. I'll blog up to the trip and then throughout it. You're going to live this one with us through this blog!

We've got exciting fundraisers coming up and I can't wait to share the needs and story of Haiti with my community. This is a message that we all need to hear. Here's what's coming up:

Saturday, August 16 - Blood Drive (benefit Red Cross locally) and Car Wash (for Haiti)

  • This should be a fun day and we're hoping to have some additional things going on to attract passer-bys.

Friday, August 29 - Bondye Li Bon Tout Tan - God is Good All the Time - A Night for Haiti

  • In the simplest form, this will be a nice evening with music and dinner

  • Working on musical entertainment (ColdSoup) our local favorite

  • Hoping to have additional things such as short clips of previous trips, speakers, Haitian food testing and more

We're meeting weekly now and the excitement of the team is growing. If you've got additional ideas for fundraising, we need it. Feel free to share in the comments section below. Anything we raise outside of airfare and mission expense will go to rice which has risen sharply in price in the past year. If you'd like to send a donation you can mail it to:

Mountain Ridge Church

Haiti Mission Team - Attention Barbara

23104 N. 67th Ave

Glendale, AZ 85310

More importantly prayer is appreciated. Money does alot, but our God is bigger and He can do alot more than money ever could. Thanks for reading - More to come!