Local News: On His Path New Website

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Welcome to our New Look

Having been blessed beyond measure since initiating the ministry of On His Path, we have now grown to such an extent that it became necessary for us to upgrade and expand our website. It is our pleasure to share with you, our new design.

That being said, nothing has changed concerning our purpose for being: to engage in helping children around the world who have been devastated by the crippling effects of the congenital disability known as clubfoot to walk as normally as those who don’t. In addition, it is our intent, through strategic partnering, to alleviate the suffering that results from the lack of adequate health care and poor living conditions and to share the Gospel of Jesus with those we encounter. This remains unchanged – it is our heart and soul.

Our new look incorporates a more media-friendly logo, allowing for those who wish to partner with us to utilize a more professional look. We are an international philanthropic organization, and we should reflect the same quality and excellence in our presentation as we do in the care we provide.

There is more detailed information on who we are and what we do in the “What We Do” section; this not only serves to give insight into our work and the ones we minister to, but also helps the prospective donor or grant seeker with more knowledge of who we are and what our goals are. This same mindset was carried over into our “Partners” section, where we have constructed a much more colorful and exciting introduction to those organizations who have identified with our mission and chosen to partner with us in providing help for those in need. Of course, the grant application procedure and online request form are still in place here.

The Geo Footprint map on the “Where We Work” page is a new visual and informational aspect of our website. Being interactive, it can take the user to all of the countries On His Path is currently involved in (and that area of involvement continues to expand) and give them a little insight into how we are engaged there.

The user will also notice under the “Blog” window, that we have taken the Footsteps Newsletter, split it up into four sections, and posted all of the backlog issues. You can now easily share with your friends online.

Perhaps the greatest improvement has been made in the area of donations. This section has a new look, increased information and a simplified format for donating. The donation “window” now has options for one-time gifts, monthly a one-time amount.

We are very excited about our new look, but we are not resting yet. We will soon from which will go to subsidize further our ability to provide these blessings such as ball caps, backpacks, mugs, and t-shirts bearing the On His Path logo.

It is an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to not only give into the lives of those in need but to join up with other noble and ethical organizations as they also strive to bring joy and blessings to those individuals as well. We believe this new look will serve only to increase this objective as we continue to walk forward on His path.

Submitted by: Thomas Sharp, Independent Branding and Marketing Specialist

Gifts for Guatemala

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Gifts for Guatemala

We had great participation in the “Gifts for Guatemala” campaign. 205 Ziploc bags filled with gifts were donated in addition to many Hot Wheels cars, Crocs, flip flops, knit hats, blankets, and miscellaneous individual toys.

The community really came together to send a little something to a child in need this Christmas. We had a lot of fun sorting, packing, labeling, and getting these gifts ready for shipment. The gift boxes shipped the week of Thanksgiving via UPS as our wheelchair container was rescheduled.

Thanks to all who donated and volunteered; you are a blessing!

Changes for 2016 and Beyond

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We have been prayerfully considering many items this first month of 2016 and feel led to rededicate the focus of On His Path primarily to the advancement of clubfoot treatment in developing countries around the globe. MD Orthopaedics and the devices manufactured to train, promote, and maintain the Ponseti method are the driving force behind the funds available to On His Path. Without MD Orthopaedics and the success of the Ponseti method of clubfoot treatment, On His Path would not exist. We have been presented with additional opportunities to help advance the treatment of clubfoot around the world and feel led to answer the calling.

On His Path will be partnering with CURE International to place a new clubfoot clinic in Andhra Pradesh, India; a region without a clubfoot clinic. This will allow ALL children the opportunity to receive first-class clubfoot treatment regardless of their place in India’s caste system. Jesus is the reason for this care – his name is elevated and placed above all gods. In a land where the Christian population is only 2.3%, sharing the Story of Jesus is an essential part of the treatment and counseling process; ensuring all peoples know the saving love of Jesus.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your support for ALL of our initiatives. Every dollar sent, whether $1 or $1,000 is given as directed to ease the suffering of those in need; helping those who cannot help themselves. When a child or widow learns they have been sponsored or someone across the globe cares about them by making a donation, it means a lot to them and brings them joy. This support creates a bond and a sense of pride that someone cares. This not only changes their life, but yours as well.

Sincerely,

John and Jean Mitchell

Bible Donation

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The Muscatine County Jail received a gift of English and Spanish New Believer’s Bibles in time for the Christmas season. This donation was made possible, in part, by contributions received by On His Path to the Bible Giveaway Fund.

Prison Chaplain, Steve Russell, conveyed his heartfelt gratitude for the gift and said the Hispanic population was especially happy to receive the Bibles and the recipients are enjoying the easy to understand New Believer’s Bibles (NLT). Pastor Russell holds a weekly Bible study. Lessons are read out loud by prisoners so that everyone hears the Good News, whether or not they can read. On His Path plans to replenish the supply as needed and is blessed to have the opportunity to bring peace and comfort to those in need.

“My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” Psalm 119:50 NIV

Changes for 2016 and Beyond

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We have been prayerfully considering many items this first month of 2016 and feel led to rededicate the focus of On His Path primarily to the advancement of clubfoot treatment in developing countries around the globe. MD Orthopaedics and the devices manufactured to train, promote, and maintain the Ponseti method are the driving force behind the funds available to On His Path. Without MD Orthopaedics and the success of the Ponseti method of clubfoot treatment, On His Path would not exist. We have been presented with additional opportunities to help advance the treatment of clubfoot around the world and feel led to answer the calling.

On His Path will be partnering with CURE International to place a new clubfoot clinic in Andhra Pradesh, India; a region without a clubfoot clinic. This will allow ALL children the opportunity to receive first-class clubfoot treatment regardless of their place in India’s caste system. Jesus is the reason for this care – his name is elevated and placed above all gods. In a land where the Christian population is only 2.3%, sharing the Story of Jesus is an essential part of the treatment and counseling process; ensuring all peoples know the saving love of Jesus.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your support for ALL of our initiatives. Every dollar sent, whether $1 or $1,000 is given as directed to ease the suffering of those in need; helping those who cannot help themselves. When a child or widow learns they have been sponsored or someone across the globe cares about them by making a donation, it means a lot to them and brings them joy. This support creates a bond and a sense of pride that someone cares. This not only changes their life, but yours as well.

Sincerely,

John and Jean Mitchell

“Make level paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.” Hebrews 12:13 NIV

GEMS Girls Club

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Lod is so good! GEMS Girls Club is going great after 2 failed attempts to start other ‘more generic’ girls clubs! Finally, GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior) fits us and it’s all about sharing Jesus and developing girls that love Him and have a personal relationship with Him! GEMS is a ministry for women, their friends, and the girls around them. Women and girls everywhere are being challenged to live radically faithful lives – acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God (Micah 6:8 is the club focus). For more info about the club, you may check out the national website at www.gemsgc.org or call the center at 319-653-4700. There is a different theme every year and this year is Choose Truth, based on scripture Psalm 119:105 and the girls are studying the book of Esther. This study focuses on inner beauty, making wise choices, having a submissive spirit, the heart & real love, purity, and identity.

We have so enjoyed seeing the girl’s eyes opened by the word of God, blessed by their openness and also overwhelmed by some of the struggles they face in today’s culture. Our club is being offered to girls, 4th – 12th grade and our mission is to help girls learn how to apply the bible to their everyday challenges, make new friends and share with each other in a caring small group, participate in service projects that make a difference in other’s lives, cultivate important life skills through badge activities, make meaningful crafts, enjoy music along with creative dance and so on. the club is designed to meet the spiritual, social, physical, and emotional needs of each girl.

ONEighty Ministries has been blessed with a wonderful array of women counselors from many different area churches and backgrounds. We currently have 12 girls participating in the club, working hard to earn badges for various activities. The club meets the 1st & 3rd Monday evening, 6 – 8:15 pm at the teen center and enrollment are ongoing. We launched our club with a sleepover at the teen center in August with 14 girls staying and 8 women which was tremendous fun…but not much sleep was had! We praise Jesus for the opportunity to offer GeMs Girls club to our community and we thank on His Path for providing the grant to start the club. We are blessed by your generosity. We thank the lord that through our failure we have a new thriving club for girls that will help change lives.

Submitted by: Deb Bodensteiner, ONEighty Ministries

As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fi erce storm came down on the lake. The boat was fi lling with water, and they were in real danger. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?” The disciples were terrifi ed and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!” Luke 8:23-25 NLT

WHS/KAH Event

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One Scoop at a Time

On His Path teamed with the WACO junior and senior high student body on Friday, May 1st and packaged 38,760 meals in just two hours. That is an average of 323 meals per minute! These meals were sent to Guatemala a week later along with used medical equipment donated by local individuals. Through these kids, world hunger is being fought one scoop at a time!

Music with a Message

Music rang through the Washington County Fair Grounds on Wednesday, July 22nd. On His Path had the privilege of sponsoring a Christian concert featuring bands Rapture Ruckus and Josh Wilson during the annual county fair. One theme that carried throughout the evening is that God, the creator of Heaven and Earth, made YOU – He made you unique and special and with a purpose – what you are called to do may not look like what others are called to do, but do it anyways and through that, God will receive the honor and glory!

Selah

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Selah is a ladies’ retreat that has been held annually in southeast Iowa since 2011. The word selah is defined as: a pause to breathe and reflect on the important words just spoken. Selah’s mission statement is: “To help women seek God and unite together for His purpose” Matthew 7:7-8 and Ephesians 4:1-16

The main purpose of Selah is to help women actively seek a deeper relationship with Jesus. Our desire is that Selah will allow women to pause and consider what God is speaking into their hearts and to let them understand the ways He has gifted them. It is our belief that in doing so, we may begin to develop and grow deeper spiritual roots. We hope Selah inspires women to unite together to use their gifts for Jesus, leading others to follow His plan for their life. Although the Selah retreat is held annually, Selah reaches women throughout the year, supporting ladies throughout their spiritual journeys. Selah was held October 24th & 25th at Whitetail Country Estates in Lockridge, Iowa, where forty women attended. This year’s theme was Joy! The keynote speaker, Joy Baade, took the ladies through her journey to find joy – she then talked about where to get it, what robs us of it, and how to share it. Also giving presentations were Denae Matherly and Nancy Iverson from Image Truth in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They gave presentations about the beauty each woman has been given from the Lord. On top of that they gave practical tips on how to build a wardrobe that compliments each individual’s skin and hair color and body type. Each lady received individual color analysis from Denae and Nancy. The registration fees for Selah were donated to the Mission to the Nations Women’s Rescue Sewing Center in Kakinada, India. Scarves and bags from India were available with the funds going to the Women’s Rescue Sewing Center. The Rescue Sewing Center saves women from human trafficking and sponsors them through a nine-month training program. Upon completion of the training, the women are given a sewing machine and materials to start their own business. Besides enjoying the speaking sessions, the ladies were able to take advantage of the beautiful property upon which Whitetail Country Estates is located. Thanks to the many ladies who volunteered their time and gifts to make this year’s retreat a success. A special thanks to On His Path who sponsored the retreat.

Submitted by: Nikki Johnson, Selah Coordinator

Truth Foundation

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While co-founders, Sam Reighard and Annie Powell, were working in the field of social work in southeast Iowa, they noticed a need for Christian based mental health services. We know a few facts about Mental Health in America: Mental Health is the #2 cause of disability in America and the #2 cause of premature death in the US. Along with those facts, we also know southeast Iowa is one of the most underserved regions in Iowa for mental health services. This leaves long referral lists, burden of traveling many hours for services and many unable to obtain mental health services that they need. Truth Foundation, Inc. was founded in August 2010. From the moment of conception, On His Path has been a vital part of providing funding for mental health services for those who could otherwise not pay for services. In 2014, Truth Foundation had 1,114 sessions. Of those sessions, OHP has directly funded 405 sessions, which is almost 40% of all sessions that depend on funding from OHP. Truth Foundation offers a variety of services to assist families and individuals. We offer therapy from our Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Sam Reighard. Sam specializes in Mental Health Assessments, Family Counseling, Couples’ Counseling, and individual counseling. Sam served as a pastor from 2001 to 2007, at which time he was called into the counseling ministry. Truth Foundation, Inc. is located in New London, IA. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 319.931.7169

Truth Foundation offers skill based services supervised by Annie Powell. Annie has 17 years experience in the Human Service Field. Our Solution Focused Aid, Nita Dameron, assists with in-home services that often complement therapy sessions that individuals may have with Sam. These services range from biblically based parenting to truth based behavior management.

Submitted by: Annie Powell, Truth Foundation