Hello Friends of the project. News through
- I recently met with
Bob Gehman, the executive director of the Helping Up Mission in Baltimore.
Bob gave me some advice about mission work. For one thing, he said that
“People won’t help unless they know who the people are that they are being
asked to help.” Outside of
Appalachia, people don’t know the extent of the problems there. I knew
this to be true at the onset of this project but could not come to terms
with it. I knew that I could help the poor with appliances. I really
didn’t think that I could do anything to advertise the plight of
impoverished Appalachia, so I pressed on with doing what I thought I
could. This was probably a mistake. I am currently seeking a way to “tell
the story.” If anyone can help or make suggestions, I would be very
- Recently attended the
first of a series of seminars on volunteerism. I did not gain a clear
understanding of how to proceed with organizing a volunteer organization,
but did learn of some mistakes that we already made.
- Some problems have
come up with shipping. I can only drop off appliances and bedding when the
tractor/trailer is onsite. The shipper does not have sufficient volunteer
staff to move these units from the storage shed to the trailer. So, if the
trailer is not there, I have to hold them until the tractor comes back
from a road trip. Furthermore, the shipping schedule isn’t rigid enough
for me to be able to schedule help in delivering units. This further taxes
our inadequate storage(my garage) and our pickup truck which can only move
two units at a time and then only if the weather permits. Any week that it
rains on Thursday or Friday puts us a week behind.
- The need for a larger
truck becomes more obvious as time goes by. We need it for safety reasons,
storage, testing, reduced handling of units, reduced number of drop offs at the shipping facility, and
the ability to schedule pickups and deliveries without concern about
- June 1, we will visit
with Pastor Freeman in West Virginia. We will explore the possibility of a
working relationship that will aid both of our projects and provide
opportunity for Christians to participate in mission trips closer to home
than the hurricane relief area or South America. Two churches in Carroll
County have already expressed an interest in making a mission trip and one
has expressed an interest in supporting such efforts financially.
- I’m back from Gary,
West Virginia. In the 1920’s and 30’s, Gary was the largest coal mine in
the world. We met some wonderful people and gained some insight into the
problems and causes of such depressed poverty. We also built some bridges
with other organizations in the area.
- The School of Life is
run by a couple named Jack and Brenda Fultz. They own the local high
school building and are converting it to house volunteers. Summer 2006,
they housed about 600 volunteers who rehabbed 30 homes and provided VBS
for 83 children. VBS ran for the entire summer. This year they expect to
only run it for two weeks. Housing at the school costs $10 a day per bed.
Missionaries are responsible for their own meals, but kitchen facilities
are available for no charge and there are ladies who live nearby who can
be contracted to cook.
- I have been in
contact with another mission which is located close by in that area but
did not have the opportunity to visit with them. They, also, have a
program to house mission volunteers. They provide housing and meals, work
direction and materials at a cost of $240 a week.
- Mission opportunities
abound – McDowell County, West Virginia is just under 400 miles from
Carroll County. The cost of spending a week there is within most people’s
- Please pray for the
needs of this ministry
- My recovery from
surgical procedure June 7
- Wisdom in growing the
- Wisdom in ‘telling
the story’ of the Appalachians
- Proper equipment to
do the job we’re doing
- Financial support to
continue the work. This becomes critical when Marie retires. At that
time, it will not be possible for us to continue to fund the operation
out of pocket. Our expenses exceed our income so that it is possible that
we may not be able to fund the project until her retirement.
- A larger truck
I pray that this letter finds everyone well and serving God’s kingdom.
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