Thanks to… St. Paul Parish, Father Dan, Mary Kral, and the Human Concerns Ministry. They have been supporting the Connecting Hearts and Hands ministry since 2013.
Special thanks for St. Paul’s Annual Lenten fundraiser for Water Purification. During the 2019 collection, our donors provided enough funding to purchase 108 water purifiers and purchase 160 buckets/covers. We couldn’t have done it without them.
St. Paul Parish for the many things they’ve done for this 2019 mission trip. Thanks for paying for all the kitchen supplies, electric skillets, waffle iron, egg maker, paper plates, plastic cups, kitchen knives, flatware, coffee pot, etc., for providing the funding to ship the 18 large bins of supplies containing the kitchen, medical, and water purification supplies, for providing $1,000 for our transportation, for all the website and bulletin coverage and for all the prayers.
Charlie Spindt, for planning the medical mission over the past 13 months. Thanks for her involvement in ordering supplies, arranging for shipment, writing letters to the Peruvian Health Ministry Department and the Peruvian Customs, driving to the Peruvian Consulate, coordinating tasks with Sister Paula, printing the labels, coordinating our trip to Machu Picchu, and much more. We couldn’t have done it without her. Also, thanks for partaking in the 2014, 2016, and 2019 mission trips. You are appreciated!
The Safeguarding Team, Amy Golden for accommodating our college students with another Safeguarding class, Sherri Meyer and Nancy Bastian for monitoring the completion of the class by our 23 travelers.
School Sisters of St. Francis Mother House. They provided us with the ability to fundraise, using their name. They kept track of all the donors, sent out thank you letters for the donors’ taxes. They also had a network of Sisters praying for us.
School Sisters in Peru. They were busy, planning this trip, since May 2018. They had to pick up our two shipments, unpack some of the shipment, buy the water purification supplies, communicate with many different organizations such as the Peruvian Customs, the Peruvian Health Ministry, and the local hospital. Charlie and I had a lot of communication with them over the past 13 months. They’ve done, much, much more. Even though Sister Monica is no longer in Peru, her leadership during the first five mission trips helped to pave the way for our successful 2019 mission trip.
Our many donors, for donating $21,000. Of this $21,000, $10,000 was given to the Sisters in Peru to purchase some necessities they’ve done without for years.
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edmund, OK, Cheryl Pierce, for shipping our supplies and packing some of the supplies for the March 2019 shipment.
The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints. They volunteered translators for our medical clinic – a critical need that the gladly stepped up to.
Rosary Man for providing rosaries for the school.
St. Paul Parish semi-truck driver who provided the transportation of 13 bins of supplies to Edmund, OK so that these supplies could be shipped to Peru
Bible Man for providing 300 bibles. They’ll be shipped to Peru by Cheryl Pierce in December 2019.
Our Prayer Partners. Their prayers were very important to us and lifted our spirits.
Berkey Water Filters for our awesome discount. The discount allows us to purchase many more filters and provide many more families with pathogen-free water.
Last but not least…to the Connecting Hearts and Hands team of 23. Thank you, for all the sacrifices you had to make in your lives, to partake in this mission trip. A few of these sacrifices…attend many meetings, complete paperwork, participate in a fundraiser, pay for your own hotel rooms and airfare, write blog articles, and provide a donation to the School Sisters of St. Francis. During the week of Father’s Day, each person humbly served our Lord, by serving our Peruvian Brothers and Sisters, with love and patience, and participating in service wherever you were needed. You are all excellent team players.
Thanks and apologies to anyone I may have forgotten. They were all very important to this mission.