Have you ever wanted to do something that made a lasting impression? A good one. I’ve encountered my share of bad impressions, and they’ve lasted a while, but good impressions, I believe last longer. Good impressions live in the hearts and minds of others and in times of heartache, a good impression is often retrieved for comfort.
Do you enjoy giving a long thought out gift for a dear friend or loved one? They see you–and know you love them and care for their well being. But, let me share with you something I discovered:
Often in giving, the best feeling is knowing they don’t have to know who you are. The recording of your love and compassion is recorded for all eternity.
The greatest joy for me, is watching these teachers receive what YOU gave. If you could see into the eyes and hearts of these teachers and the principal (standing beside Jeff), you would experience the joy of giving–as never before. It was like Christmas to these.
Necessary items that our schoolers take for granted, these do not. We are so accustomed to running to the dollar store or local wally-world that we forget there are those who have no such luxury.
Luxury? A trip to the dollar store?
These teachers (and there are about 9 not pictured), have the joy of teaching and training the next generation–but they must do so with such limited income and in order to teach, most of them give more than just their time. They give their income.
In order to have paper for the students, the teachers buy it.
To color, write or draw, more often than not, the tool comes from the teachers. We discovered that in order to make copies, the teacher has to travel about 30 minutes to a neighboring town to make copies because the school had no copier or printer. The Lord supplied that need through someone who sent with us a copier for the principal. And several purchased print cartridges.
This past year, we took more supplies and more printers. Three to be exact. So that the teachers could all have access to things that are needed in the class room. God burdened someone’s heart with that treasure for the school at Don Lorenzo.
This year, we are traveling back, but to 4 different schools. We hope, through generous donations to be able to take supplies, and even a printer or two. The school supplies are of utmost importance. Through your gifts of crayons, pencils, sharpeners, rulers, glue, etc. we are able to bless them and help with the education process of these growing children.
This little girl (Ruth), who every team member came to love in 2013, needed a new walker. We took up an offering among us and had enough to buy her a nice walker that will grow with her and help her navigate the dirt road where she lives–and we made a lasting impact on her life.
We really never know what needs we will encounter that we aren’t expecting. But, rest assured, we always encounter needs.
The needs are there.
The needs are often more than we can meet.
But with the help of friends back home, we can. It takes us all working together to bear the burden for others.
We will take new testaments for the children, and gifts for the teachers, through the very generous donations from a group of women in a local church, they have supplied us with handmade pot holders! (We are beyond excited!)
So, maybe you have read all this and wonder, “what can I do to make a lasting impression”. I’m glad you asked!
We are taking New Testaments, soccer balls with scripture on them, and school supplies. You may simply make your check out to Focus Forward Ministries, Inc. and drop it in the mail to Post Office Box 5773, Marianna, Florida 32447, and mark it Mission to Bolivia. We leave May 30 and hope to take boxes of generous love and donations to those we have grown to love and care about!
IF you are near us and would like to drop off a box to us to pack with our belongings, you know where we live! We gratefully accept your support and prayers!
And, if you know us well, you know that God has been working in our hearts for a “new step of faith”…and we sure would appreciate all your prayers. Really.
Time is short–and our desire is to do all we can–with every breath in our bodies, until He calls us home. we want our impression to be Jesus. And He is everlasting.
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