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It’s Giving Tuesday!
As we are getting orders together to send to developing countries, we are in immediate need of larger sized MDO clubfoot shoes. We are in need of sizes 4 on up. If any clubfoot parent has these laying around, we would love to take them and refurbish them. For those that are not clubfoot parents, but are coming alongside On His Path, monetary donations are needed to help ship these clubfoot shoes to developing countries. Today, we are gathering a shipment to send to Costa Rica. This s a picture of Royer and his little buddy. We have helped Royer with his clubfoot journey. Now him and his momma are helping other clubfoot babies! Look at this cutie that is waiting for his boots to arrive! All donations to On His Path are tax deductible. And as always, 100% of your donation goes directly to those in need.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17
Royer and his momma Veronica’s story reminds me of this scripture. I am sure if you would ask them, they would tell you how our God continues to provide every good and perfect gift…even the gift of running, jumping, and playing. Praise be to God our Father!
What do you do for Thanksgiving? My family gathers together to help with our community Thanksgiving dinner every year. On His Path, along with many community members help sponsor it. It really is a beautiful picture of the body of Christ coming together with their talents and gifts. It’s a time for fellowship, serving, and community. It is probably my favorite day out of the year.
1Thessalonians 5:16-18 says:
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
You read that right…it says ALL circumstances it says ALWAYS…and it says CONTINUALLY.
Just because I love Thanksgiving doesn’t mean that every time Thanksgiving comes around that I find myself and my family in a season of celebrating. No, not at all. In fact, we have gone through a few of these thanksgivings without employment or impeding loss of a job, caregiving to young children and elderly parents, terminal illness, a first thanksgiving without my dad, a first thanksgiving without my mom, a time of broken relationships. But even during those times, I have been able to be thankful for who God is and what He has done so that I can have a fully restored relationship with Him.
having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. -Colossians 2:12-14
If you are in Christ, you can be thankful always, in all circumstances, and continually that our record of debt is cancelled. ALL… yes… ALL of our trespasses are forgiven.
So, this may be an easy time of celebration for those that are getting together with family and friends. This may be a time of mourning for those that are remembering the ones that are not with them. This may be a time of conflict as you sit down at the table. This might be a time of anticipation of news as you gather. This might be a time of heartache. This might be a time of uncertainty. But whatever the circumstance, I pray that this season may be one of thankfulness because of how good God is.
Remember, if you are a believer of Jesus Christ, you are complete in Him.
If you find yourself needing prayer or struggling with this season, please contact us, we would love to pray with you.
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TO THE BRIM
When I was packing a couple boxes to be sent to The Tim Tebow Cure International Hospital, I was reminded of these three simple words: To…The…Brim. Those are the words that the Lord has impressed upon me. It is just a sweet reminder of the kindness, graciousness, and the indulgent love that God has shown us through His Son Jesus.
The Wedding at Cana completely displays this truth:
6 Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.[a] 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. 9 When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him. -John 2: 6-11
Jesus’ mother was concerned because the wine ran out at the wedding, and this would have caused great shame for the bridegroom. Not only did Jesus give them the best wine, he also gave it to them to the brim.
So, when we are able to grasp the truth of the Lord’s kindness, graciousness, and indulgent love then we are able to act on it. Not out of duty, rather out of reverence for our King. We are able to live our lives To..The..Brim.
When I saw that the two boxes were not quite full, I was prompted to fill them to the brim. Not only will they be receiving boxes of shoes and components for bars, but also new socks and bar covers! My prayer is that these gifts will display the lavish love that the God pours on us through his son Jesus. Not because of anything we done, but because He loves us.
At On His Path, we strive to do everything to the Glory of God, pointing all people to Jesus. That is why 100% of your donation goes directly to those in need, there are no administrative costs taken from your donation.
If you are unsure of this lavish love or have questions about your relationship with Jesus, please message us. We would love to pray with you.
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A Big thank you to MD Orthopaedics! They donated 97 pairs of brand-new shoes to On His Path! Because of their generous donation and ALL the supporters of On His Path; we were able to send 302 shoes and bar sets to STEPS in South Africa. That is 302 kids that will get to run, jump, and play! That is 302 kids and families that will see the Gospel through the free gift of healed feet.
Just as we are sending those shoes to South Africa, we got two big boxes of used Mitchell boots. Our motto should be: Receive, sort, wash, refurbish, inventory, ship, and repeat!
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
Enjoying the Ride
I like riding my bike. You probably have already guessed that; since I write often about riding my bike. The other day I went for a ride, and I found myself pushing myself to ride faster. It wasn’t because I wanted to beat a certain pace or ride faster than someone else. No, rather I found myself pushing harder because I wanted to be DONE with the ride. I wanted to cross that task off my list.
So, then I asked myself; “Do I really ENJOY riding my bike?” Do I like watching the scenery go by? Do I anticipate the hills, and feel satisfied when I am able to coast down a hill? Because that means I just climbed a hill! I..use...to. I use to enjoy all of that! I enjoyed the challenge of the hills, or fighting the wind, I enjoyed the sun, the birds, and changing of leaves. I enjoyed watching the farmers plant crops, watch them grow, and then harvest….you know, all the earmarks of the ever changing seasons in Iowa. It was never just the marking it off my list; that was just a bonus to the ride.
So, what has changed? I suppose riding my bike has become a habit, a duty, an identity. Its not something that I necessarily like doing or dislike doing, but it’s just another part of who I am. I….hate…that! I want to enjoy riding my bike just because I like riding my bike…that’s all…nothing more.
Sometimes I can find myself in the exact same scenario with my walk with God. Sometimes I just think about the end goal and prize: being with Him forever. I get so focused on the reward at the end, that I tend not to enjoy the hills and valleys of this life. You know, enjoy God’s presence here and how He is everywhere I am right now.
If you have ever felt like this, you are in good company. Even David, a man after God’s own heart, felt this way. He felt this way over and over again.
So, what do we do when we find ourselves in this exact space? Let’s pray like David did:
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
And uphold me with a willing spirit”-Psalm 51:12
I love those words. David is asking that God restore his JOY of salvation, not to restore his salvation. He is honest with God where he is in his walk with God, confesses the condition of his heart, and asks God to move on his behalf.
You see, David knows that even though he is down trodden in the gift of salvation that God has given him, it doesn’t mean that gift was taken away. When the gift of salvation is given, you always have it. Because he knows this Truth, David feels free to come to God with everything…even asking Him to restore the JOY of God’s salvation.
So lets pray that we can be joyful in the hills and valleys and enjoy the ride….not just the destination.
If you have prayer requests, please message us. We would love to pray with you.
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Over the past year, our eyes have been opened to the need to help developing countries eradicate untreated clubfoot. Since January 1, 2021 we have shipped out 2203 pairs of clubfoot braces to 11 different countries. We have heard the needs of parents desperate for treatment for their children.
As we continue on this path, the Lord reminds us of what the psalmist says in Proverbs 16:9
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. “
Yes! Yes! Yes! The heart of On His Path has not changed, but the Lord has determined the direction of our steps. Praise be to God!
We have launched our new website! You can check it out here.
Within the past year, On His Path has had OVER 215 donors monetarily contribute to our mission of Glorifying Jesus by coming alongside those in need. That does not count the In-Kind donations that have been given to us to help with the various ministries we partner with. Or the countless hours that volunteers have put in to help with shoe distribution, Christmas Box packing, Food Packaging, and wheelchair distribution to name a few.
As we are gearing up to dedicate 100% of our efforts towards eradicating untreated clubfoot while sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we want to thank you for coming alongside us. As our ministry focus changes, our mission does not. On His Path is still committed to Glorifying Jesus by coming alongside those in need.
If you want to continue to partner with us, be on the lookout for the launching of our new website. Exciting things are to come! As always 100% of your donation goes to those in need.
31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.-1 Corinthians 10:31
WE ARE MOVING!
This month we are busy sending out shoes and continuing with our day to day duties. We are also moving! The founders of On His Path, John and Jean Mitchell, have been fervently praying since March 2021. They have decided to move OHP Inventory to a warehouse that they already own. This way they can spend their resources on helping treat clubfoot in developing countries. Starting November 1st, all mail can be directed to
On His Path
PO Box 157
Danville, IA 52623
As always, 100% of your donation goes directly to those in need! For questions, please email Jean@onhispath.org
On His Path is passionate about eradicating untreated Clubfoot in developing countries and other needs while always having the goal of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One way that we do this is by educating various groups about the needs of our ministry partners. We had the privilege of speaking at the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League hosted at the Faith Lutheran Church in Mt. Pleasant.
The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League is a group of women from different churches coming together for the purpose of mission. They love sewing quilts for those in need. Because of this passion, they have a heart for the sewing mission we support. They are raising money to provide a sewing machine for a woman who has been rescued out of sex trafficking in India. This sewing machine and the education that she will receive will help provide her freedom from the bonds of slavery. More importantly, she will know the love of God and the freedom that is offered through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We love getting together with the body of believers to talk about sharing the Gospel Thank you LWML! And thank you for your heart of service! If you would like us to come speak at your Church or organization, please email Jean at Jean@onhispath.org
11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.-Matthew 28:19-20
I love being the passenger of the car when my husband and I drive anywhere. If given a choice, I like to sit back, relax, (often fall asleep) and enjoy the ride. I am so grateful that he likes to drive!
Most often this is a good set up for me…but sometimes…just sometimes… this can backfire on me.
A few weeks ago, we took our bikes out to a state park that we have gone to MANY times before. I was not paying attention, just enjoying the passenger seat, and taking in the scenery. I loved looking at the sun peaking out of the tall trees and casting shadows on the curvy roads throughout the park. This trip was like any other trip we have taken…. except one thing: my husband parked at a different location then we normally do.
We had taken our bikes so that we could ride the bike path, like we have many other times. This time we started our bike ride at a different trail head. We often ride with a group of people, and we all seem to go at our own pace. The end goal is always to end up back at our vehicles and discuss how the ride went. I got separated from the group towards the end of the ride. I didn’t remember how to get to the truck the easy way. I had some decisions to make; I could wait for the few people behind me to catch-up and follow them to the truck or I knew how to get to the truck by cutting by the beach and then doubling back on the path we started on. This was a much harder way get back to the truck, but it was a sure way to get there…ON.. MY.. OWN.
Do you see that? I had some pride sneaking up on me. What path do you think I chose?!?! I chose the hard path of course! That way I did not have to swallow my pride and lean on someone else. Not only could I see how ridiculous this was…I could feel it! Walking my bike up the steep, rocky inclines, maneuvering past the ruts in the path…I could feel it all! And waiting at the end of the trail was the group of people that I had started on the path with…all of them. I was the last one back by a long shot!
This reminds me of the Biblical account of the prodigal son. He rejected his father’s journey for him and demanded his inheritance immediately. When the son found himself off on a hard a road, he made a plan to go back to his father.
18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’[a] 22 But the father said to his servants,[b] ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.-Luke 15:18-24
Do you find yourself taking the hard road home? Do you think that you can not make if back to the easy path? I love when the father asks for the BEST robe and puts it on him. I can just picture the father’s excitement to see his son walking back to him. He is so excited that he wants to celebrate his son’s return by throwing the biggest feast to celebrate.
This is a mirror image of what it is like when one of us decides to take the tough road. God is looking for you to come back. Not only does He want you to come back to Him, He feels compassion for you, He wants to embrace you, He wants to celebrate your return to Him because you were dead and now alive you were lost and now found. Our God is so gracious and loving, He made an easy path to Himself…His son Jesus! You do not have to go down a hard road by yourself. If you would like to know how to get on this path, please message us. We would love to pray with you.
-On His Path