Mission: Mobility Update

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2017 is off like a rocket!

January 3: Our collection team in Jacksonville, Florida sent container #1 of 2017 to Bethel Ministries International (BMI) in Guatemala. This container was full and included over 200 chairs plus many walkers, canes, and crutches.

January 23: Container #2 shipped from Wayland, Iowa. This was a very diverse load of used medical equipment and items for BMI programs. Included were 100 wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, 100+ boxes of miscellaneous medical items and clothing, and two pallets of Take Away Hunger (FKA Kids Against Hunger) food packets. There were also several hundred backpacks and hundreds of pairs of shoes. In addition, On His Path purchased a welding table and metal working equipment to aid in the production process of the Kid’s Specialty Chair that Saul from BMI and Marcus and Andy from MD developed in September.

February 6: Container #3 shipped from Erie, Pennsylvania. This is the 17th container that Mission: Mobility has shipped since we began our efforts in August of 2011 – Praise the Lord!

Looking ahead in 2017, we are hopeful for shipments from the following collection groups:

March/April: Kentucky

June/July: Vermont – This is the first container to ship from Vermont, however, the Vermont folks drove to northeast Ohio and met us with a truck and trailer filled with medical equipment in 2011 and helped to fill the first container from Iowa!

August: Iowa

September: Florida

To date in 2017, over 400 chairs are in transit. With this quick start for 2017, the Lord has shown us that it is a definite possibility of shipping 1,000 chairs in 2017!

Can we hit 1,000 chairs? God only knows what the final tally will be.

But scripture tells us:

“With God, all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 NIV

You may be asking yourself, does BMI 1,700 wheelchairs which are the number of chairs sent to them by Mission: Mobility and Joni and Friends’ Wheels to the World (JAF is the larger provider of wheelchairs to date).

Praise the Lord for all he has done in these efforts! Praise the Lord for assembling such a wonderful bunch of volunteers from across the country. Praise the Lord for On His Path for their generosity and support of Mission: Mobility!

I would like to offer you a challenge. After reading this, please pray for the collection efforts. I challenge each and every one of you to make just one phone call – maybe two! Call your local nursing home, hospital, hospice, clinic, medical supply company and tell them that you are collecting wheelchairs for the non-profit Mission: Mobility. Let them know we will gladly take wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and crutches even if they are broken (the BMI team will refurbish them, so they are ready to go for those in need). If you have any questions regarding donation items or shipping logistics, please contact Rick Fulton at wheelchair@onhispath.com. Thank you in advance for your help!

In HIS Service,
Rick Fulton, Mission: Mobility Volunteer

Mission: Mobility Update

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Mobility Update

God is good and keeps us moving forward! Wheelchair collection continues across the country. Since the last update, we have added groups in Rockingham, North Carolina, and Columbus, Ohio to the group team! Wheelchairs and other equipment continue to be collected to benefit the people of Guatemala through the distributions with Bethel Ministries International (BMI).

On His Path has progressed with yet another amazing project to help the wheelchair ministry of BMI in Guatemala. For several years now, John Mitchell, founder of On His Path, has worked with Chris Mooney and Saul Chopin of BMI to develop a cost effective reclining wheelchair.

These specialty chairs are a rare find in our collections at Mission: Mobility. They can be purchased but at a cost starting around $2,000/chair. Over the years, different ideas have been talked of until the final solution was decided – make one!

This past September, Saul came to Iowa to refine the design. He spent the week in the MD Orthopaedics shop with Marcus Powell, CAD Designer, and Andy Smith, Operations Manager, who were also recent mission trip team members with BMI, tweaking the design until they were satisfied with the final product. Many hours were spent on this project.

Overall, they simplified the design, eliminating expensive and fragile cables that the expensive chairs use to make the adjustments on the chair. They also adjusted design elements using the AutoCAD program. Marcus and others at MD are in the process of making welding templates that will be shipped to Guatemala on the next container. The container will also carry other tools and equipment that will make the production of this chair more efficient. In the end, some of the smaller parts will be cut by local vendors in Iowa and then shipped to Guatemala on the containers. The main frames of the chairs will be made of tube steel that will be purchased in Guatemala. The seats and cushions will be made at the BMI workshop. The entire chair will be constructed and then assembled at the BMI workshop which helps to assure jobs for the shop employees.

Saul took the prototype home with him as checked luggage so he could show this to the others at BMI. Saul anticipates they will produce 100 or more of the chairs each year with an estimated cost of $100/ chair. This truly is a PRAISE! When Saul and I were and Marcus came to Guatemala this summer on a mission trip, they SAW and EXPERIENCED what we were doing. It created a fire in them to help with this project!” Amen!

It is always a joy to see how God works inside the members of mission trip teams and how they use their abilities and gifts to continue serving even after they are home. What a treat it was to see this entire project come together!

Ultimately, this project is not about the wheelchair – it is about providing the opportunity for BMI to share the Gospel to those they serve. The kids who receive the new chairs won’t know where Iowa is or who Marcus, Andy, or On His Path are – they won’t care.  What they WILL know is this gift of mobility came from God and in turn, PRAISE HIM FOR IT!

Submitted by Rick Fulton, Mission: Mobility Volunteer

AMAZED

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I am amazed at the year Mission: Mobility had in 2015!

Looking back at 2015, we are so thankful for all the hard work of everyone – the physical work and especially all of the prayers. The two have a direct connection!

From our origins of a few Wayland area folks scrounging wheelchairs to the ever growing nationwide network we are seeing today, much has been accomplished.

The majority of our team consist of clusters of people across the country who have served on mission trips with Bethel Ministries International (BMI) in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. It is with prayerful obedience that this team of volunteers have continued to increase the collection efforts.

One exciting new twist is happening in Kentucky. After collecting equipment through a local hospital, the management of that hospital system approached our Kentucky team. They saw the constant need of used medical equipment and also understood the end result of the collections for Guatemala so they requested a meeting. Saul Chopen from BMI happened to be visiting at the time and he was excited to be a part of this meeting alongside our Kentucky friends! As a result of the meeting, this hospital system would like to formally partner with

Mission: Mobility to provide chairs and other equipment exclusively. This system consists of 9 hospitals plus clinics and medical centers scattered across the state of Kentucky! PRAISE GOD!

Although connections like this are very exciting, containers also get filled collecting one chair at a time. Some volunteers have contacted local nursing homes or hospitals. Others even purchase chairs at local auctions or garage sales. Every donation counts—everyone’s efforts are awesome!

Once a location has gathered enough equipment, the preparations begin to send it on to Guatemala. With the help of the shipping company, a date is set and the labeling and counting begin. Each piece of used equipment includes a sticker that says “Mission: Mobility” and the location from where it was sent. Many volunteers are needed to make this a success!

Container history:

2012: 1 container: Iowa
2013: 1 container: Iowa
2014: 4 containers: 2 – Iowa, 1 – Kentucky, 1-Pennsylvania
2015: 6 containers: 2–Iowa, 2–Kentucky, 1–Pennsylvania, 1–California

In the six containers of 2015, we sent approximately 700 chairs, 700 walkers, 500 sets of walkers, 250 canes plus hundreds of boxes of wheelchair parts and other mobility related items– that is double the equipment we shipped in 2014! On His Path also included over 60,000 Kids Against Hunger meals in 2015.

What does God have in store for Mission: Mobility in 2016?

At this time, various groups have equipment accumulating in their warehouses! We expect a new shipping point in Jacksonville, Florida as they have accumulated a mountain of wheelchairs in a short time. They will ship in the 1st quarter.

We wait to see what else God has in store for new areas and new partnerships. Please continue to pray for Mission: Mobility for efficiencies in collections and logistics.

Submitted by Mission Mobility Team

AMAZED

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I am amazed at the year Mission: Mobility had in 2015! Looking back at 2015, we are so thankful for all the hard work of everyone – the physical work and especially all of the prayers. The two have a direct connection! From our origins of a few Wayland area folks scrounging wheelchairs to the ever growing nationwide network we are seeing today, much has been accomplished.

The majority of our team consist of clusters of people across the country who have served on mission trips with Bethel Ministries International (BMI) in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. It is with prayerful obedience that this team of volunteers has continued to increase the collection efforts.

One exciting new twist is happening in Kentucky. After collecting equipment through a local hospital, the management of that hospital system approached our Kentucky team. They saw the constant need of used medical equipment and also understood the end result of the collections for Guatemala so they requested a meeting. Saul Chopen from BMI happened to be visiting at the time and he was excited to be a part of this meeting alongside our Kentucky friends! As a result of the meeting, this hospital system would like to formally partner with Mission: Mobility to provide chairs and other equipment exclusively. This system consists of 9 hospitals plus clinics and medical centers scattered across the state of Kentucky! PRAISE GOD!

Although connections like this are very exciting, containers also get filled collecting one chair at a time. Some volunteers have contacted local nursing homes or hospitals. Others even purchase chairs at local auctions or garage sales. Every donation counts—everyone’s efforts are awesome!

Once a location has gathered enough equipment, the preparations begin to send it on to Guatemala. With the help of the shipping company, a date is set and the labeling and counting begin. Each piece of used equipment includes a sticker that says “Mission: Mobility” and the location from where it was sent. Many volunteers are needed to make this a success!

Container history: 

2012: 1 container: Iowa

2013: 1 container: Iowa

2014: 4 containers: 2 – Iowa, 1 – Kentucky, 1-Pennsylvania

2015: 6 containers: 2–Iowa, 2–Kentucky, 1–Pennsylvania, 1–California

In the six containers of 2015, we sent approximately 700 chairs, 700 walkers, 500 sets of walkers, 250 canes plus hundreds of boxes of wheelchair parts and other mobility related items– that is double the equipment we shipped in 2014! On His Path also included over 60,000 Kids Against Hunger meals in 2015.

What does God have in store for Mission: Mobility in 2016? At this time, various groups have equipment accumulating in their warehouses! We expect a new shipping point in Jacksonville, Florida as they have accumulated a mountain of wheelchairs in a short time. They will ship in the 1st quarter. We wait to see what else God has in store for new areas and new partnerships. Please continue to pray for Mission: Mobility for efficiencies in collections and logistics.

Mission: Mobility Mission It may appear that our mission is singular: collect wheelchairs for BMI but our mission is much more than that! “It’s not about the wheels!”

• Mission: Mobility focuses on collecting used equipment and helping those who need mobility but also support the mission of BMI.

• BMI’s mission is to provide an opportunity to share the Gospel through the dispensing of wheelchairs.

• So as we collect the equipment, it becomes our mission field here. As we collect, it provides us an opportunity to share with those we meet why we do it and by explaining BMI’s mission, we have the opportunity to share the Gospel as well.

This is why the cross is the center of the wheel in the Mission: Mobility logo! Looking back at the growth in 2015, I am AMAZED, but not surprised! When God is in control… ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.

Submitted by: Rick Fulton, Mission: Mobility volunteer

Upgrade: Volunteers…

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We have a wonderful team of volunteers. As the Mission: Mobility network has grown, it is amazing how many have gotten involved. From all across the country, volunteers have joined in equipment collection as a result of serving on a mission trip in Guatemala and participating in a wheelchair distribution with Bethel Ministries.

Many volunteers because they want to join On His Path in the collection effort. We do have a few very unique callings. One volunteer had no connection to Mission: Mobility or Bethel Ministries. While taking a walk one day in his hometown in Montana, Roger saw a bunch of wheelchairs sitting by a dumpster at a rehab center. He went inside and asked if he could have them. They asked what his intentions were. He said, “I have NO idea, I just have a feeling that I should get them.” Ultimately, he found us and those chairs are now benefiting many people in great need in Guatemala.

Another recent call I received was from a total stranger in California. Our new friend woke up in the night hearing a loud and clear voice, “GUATEMALA, WHEELCHAIRS .” It shook him up enough to send him to the computer. He said he figured God was trying to tell him something. A primary google search showed him that Bethel Ministries International was the largest wheelchair provider to Guatemala…..his next link was to Mission: Mobility. He emailed me immediately, offering to help. Several phone calls followed. We now have a friend in the Los Angeles area searching for wheelchairs!

Whether it is the Holy Spirit nudging you or God calling out in an audible voice or you simply want to help, we welcome all volunteers. He will call on me, and I will answer him. Psalm 91:15 Whether you find one pair of crutches or a trailer load of wheelchairs, each and every item is important and they all add up to a container load of BLESSINGS that Mission: Mobility and On His Path can ship to Bethel to TRANSFORM lives. To use a phrase that Joni and Friends have on a t-shirt…..“it’s not about the wheels!” It is about reaching the people ultimately with the Gospel!

We thank all of our volunteers for all of their hard work!

Submitted by: Rick Fulton, Mission: Mobility Volunteer 

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58

Update

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God is Good!

The need in Guatemala continues to grow, so we keep collecting to help supply the needs that Bethel Ministries International uncovers! With God’s calling and the obedience to that call by our network of volunteers, we keep filling containers!

2014 was a banner year, we shipped 4 containers from 3 states.

2015 looks to beat 2014. In May, our Louisville shipping point (strongly supported by Murray, KY) shipped a container. That same week we shipped one from the MD Orthopedics warehouse in Wayland. Here is what we have coming up.

California: First container is being prepared for shipment late August.

Iowa: Container to ship in September.

Kentucky: Container planned to ship in fall.

Pennsylvania: Container tentatively planned to ship in December.

God is good! I am constantly amazed when I think we hit a dry spell, the calls come in that chairs are being collected or donated. Prayer does work! As the need is constant, we must be diligent in our collection efforts. We have a constant prayer to establish partners in other areas to collect. In Iowa, we really only have the core in SE Iowa. We would love to see groups in the Des Moines and Waterloo areas that can collect and eventually transfer equipment to SE Iowa. Our eventual goal is to have collection partners in every state. We have wonderful volunteers in many states, but gladly want to welcome more.

Just as I was compiling this update, we received word from Bethel Ministries in Guatemala. It reinforces the huge need for our efforts! Donna Mooney writes, “A praise report – KY container arrived! There were delays in customs, but it arrived safe and sound and food and vitamins are being loaded onto our truck to head to Rio Dulce tomorrow! Yea God! We had run out of wheelchairs, the Kids Against Hunger food, and vitamins, so we are very thankful for this container! We had actually laid off a few of our workers temporarily since there were no chairs to restore! Thank you Mission Mobility team players for all you do!!” I am thankful we have the Iowa Container right behind the Kentucky container. Please consider joining us in finding wheelchairs to help fill the need.

Submitted by Rick Fulton

Upgrade

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Mission: Mobility keeps rolling along! God continues to add new volunteers to the roster, nationwide! We recently had a regional manager of a wheelchair company donate 60 new wheelchairs to the efforts. These are now waiting in Louisville, Kentucky to be on the next container, with a possible ship date in April.

Iowa: The shed is filling up. Many thanks to the exceptional efforts of Rich Seberg. Rich has been great at finding chairs for the cause! Our goal is for a late spring shipment.

California: The Fresno crew is pushing hard for their first container. They are well on their way and hope for a container shipment late summer of 2015.

Pennsylvania: The volunteers in PA shipped their first container in early December of 2014 which arrived in Guatemala late January of 2015.

I recently returned from Guatemala, my 5th mission trip to serve with Bethel Ministries International. It was a blessing to be able to help fit 52 people with wheelchairs. One wheelchair we fit was for an elderly blind woman. She reached out to Tom and I and wanted to touch our hands so she could “see” us. She praised God for her new wheelchair! Many of the chairs we fit had a Mission: Mobility sticker that states the origin of the donated equipment. In the photo above is Ruby. Ruby is a long-time wheelchair repairman at the Bethel Ministries workshop. Ruby is working on a chair that was collected in Murray, Kentucky by our volunteers. 2014 was filled with many blessings! Many volunteers from many states have joined the efforts to serve by collecting wheelchairs and equipment, four containers were shipped, which in turn helped transform many lives with the gift of mobility. Looking ahead to 2015, please keep your eyes open. Consider joining our efforts by calling your local nursing home or hospitals or by watching garage sales. We are always needing wheelchairs, in any condition. We have also received a request for canes. We are all anxious to see what God has planned for Mission: Mobility in 2015. God is so good!

Submitted by Rick Fulton

Update

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Wow. The Lord has certainly blessed Mission: Mobility! We are truly humbled how HE continues to expand this wheelchair collection ministry! On His Path began collecting wheelchairs and medical equipment to ship to Bethel Ministries in Guatemala in August of 2012. It has developed into a Nationwide Network of volunteers who obediently follow the Lord’s leading in helping collect medical equipment to benefit the needy in Guatemala.

Mission: Mobility really took off when we tagged it with a name and developed a website (www.missionmobility.org) and Facebook page. We currently have official collection partners in 16 states! Since the beginning in 2012, we have shipped 5 containers: 1 in 2012, 1 in 2013 and 3 in 2014 to date. The first 4 shipped from Southeast Iowa. The most recent container was shipped from our volunteer group in Louisville, Kentucky. Annette and I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Louisville to help load the container. It was especially fun, considering Chris and Donna Mooney from Bethel Ministries were also in Louisville and were apart of the loading process! It was great to see our friends and it was special to have them involved in the loading end of a container.

Currently, our volunteers in Pennsylvania and California have substantial inventory. We are hopeful that their collections keep on track and Pennsylvania will ship a container in December of 2014 and California will follow shortly in the 1st quarter of 2015! Our containers to date have included over 600 wheelchairs, 1000 sets of crutches and walkers, 200 boxes of wheelchair parts , immobilizers and medical supplies, 200 boxes of shoes and clothing, 30 boxes of miscellaneous donated items and 511 cases (110,376 meals) of Kids Against Hunger Food. We have been blessed with all these physical donations.

Additionally, we have a huge blessing of local volunteers nationwide that help collect, sort, inventory and load this equipment. We have also had people feel led to simply donate funds to help with the  Mission: Mobility efforts. Every dollar counts. We even had a huge blessing when one family felt led to finance the cost of shipping a container! I encourage you to check out the website to learn more about Mission: Mobility. We have photos and videos as well as a blog that is updated by Mission: Mobility volunteers. We also have shirts, hats, coffee mugs and window decals that are available with donation to help us spread the word of our efforts. Our t-shirts have the motto “got wheelchairs?” These have been very successful in initiating conversations that have led to opportunities to collect equipment and to share our testimonies! We are truly blessed to have such an amazing nationwide network of volunteers! Big or small, all the donations of time or funds are huge blessings! Thank you! Many thanks to On His Path for all the amazing support with Mission: Mobility! You are a blessing to many not only by funding, but a blessing in helping show others how to share Christ’s Love in so many amazing ways!

Submitted by: Rick Fulton

Container Load

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On His Path and The Mission: Mobility Network volunteers loaded a 40’ container of medical equipment, clothing, and Kids Against Hunger meals on July 8th for the needy of Guatemala. The meals were packaged by students at WACO High School and area community members. Many volunteers collected the equipment, clothing, and personal items that were donated and helped inventory each piece to ensure an easy release once the container arrives in country. These used items and life-saving meals will be a blessing to many and God will receive countless words of praise and worship because of it.

Thank you to all who were involved!

Lemonade Stand

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Every little bit helps. This brother and sister team felt the call to serve by selling lemonade and donating the profits to On His Path for Mission: Mobility Network activities.

What a great example to follow! Every little bit helps and there is no amount too small for the Lord’s work. Thank you!

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 KJV