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 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:
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for your help!
In HIS Service,
Rick Fulton, Mission: Mobility Volunteer