Greetings District Leaders, Pastors and NMI leaders!
I hope this finds you all well and living a life of Mission! As most of you know I am a Haiti Missionary. There is an ongoing joke amongst those of us that have served and continue to serve in Haiti that we are a special breed of people. If you read or saw any of the news coming from Haiti last week you might think that too. I don't necessarily think we are special, I think we have just learned how to lean-in and see the good in the midst of heartache and desperation of people. We know there is always more to the story. So while the news showed pictures of violence, I heard stories from a team made up of Nazarene's from Southern California. Where they were serving was far from the craziness of Port Au Prince. They had medical clinic and VBS everyday. They gave of themselves and tended to the Spiritual and physical needs of beautiful people while chaos in the country raged.
One of our Nazarene Missionary's, Tonya Kucey, shared with me a story about two young men in their 20's that she knows who risked their lives to get water for children in an orphanage. The orphanage had run out of water so these young men fought their way through the rioting to get to a store that had water for the children. Then they fought their way back through while they carried the water. We know Jesus is the Hero of every story, but this day He let them be heroes with Him.
Lean in and look for the good. I promise it is there.
It is that time of year again!! The stores are filled with school supplies and the Cactus Backpack Giveaway is coming! Our Cactus Compassionate Ministry Center will be hosting a block party in Cactus on July 31st and August 1st. Their heart is to be able to give away 400 back packs this year to the kiddos they are investing in everyday. This is a great opportunity and tangible way to get your people involved with local mission (that really looks more Global if you have been to Cactus). You can collect school supplies and backpacks or you can give financially. Details are below.
If you are in the Panhandle area or close you can contact Kay Lynn Robenson at (806) 316-1117 for collection details.
If you are in the Metroplex area or close please contact me at (682) 404-7894 for collection details.
Cactus School Supply Collection List (per backpack):
Crayons (2 boxes)
Dry Erase Markers
Water Color Paint
Pencils (wooden yellow)
Elmer's liquid glue
Glue sticks (4)
Scissors (child size)
Spiral Notebook (single subject-70 count)
Folders (Red, Yellow, Blue, Green)
1" View Binder- Solid Color
Thank you all for all you do!! I am blessed and our District is blessed to have you. Please don't ever hesitate to email or call me if you ever have a question. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and my phone number is (682) 404-7894.
We also have some great resources available at www.wtd-nmi.org. Check it out!