The storms couldn't chase us or our supporters away on July 12th as we held our annual fundraiser meal and presentation, "Picnic in the Park" at the East Lampeter Township Community Park, east of Lancaster, PA. Over 40 people came out, along with quite a few more who drove through and picked up their meals. We heard what has been happening in Haiti regarding our lead contact Peniel Mizaire, Radio Lumiere, and conditions on the street, especially in light of the recent assassination of Haiti's president. Please continue to pray for our sisters and brothers in Haiti as it often times seems like they can never catch a break.
Jennifer Knepper from Gifts That Give Hope was our special presenter that evening. She shared the mission of GTGH: promoting charitable alternative giving through an annual gift fair that offers the community an opportunity to give "giftable donations" in honor of their loved ones, friends, and other causes that they believe in.
Board Chair Keith Bellesfield spoke to the group about our Special Programs Initiative. All of us were shocked and saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Mehdi Mourad, our first and one of our current Special Programs participants. Mehdi lost his life in a vehicle accident while on his way to assist in his role as a volunteer fire fighter near his home outside of Mattoon, Illinois.
Executive Director Dale Long told the assembly about our upcoming project where he and LOTM Board member Dave Olson, along with a third team member, will be heading to southern Haiti in a few weeks. While there they will be assisting Peniel in repairing a troublesome transmitter, along with other diagnostic and technical work to get the Torbeck station back on the air.
We are so thankful and blessed to once again have these local businesses as Partners in Ministry in support of this year's Picnic in the Park. It was because of their generosity that we were able to put on this event. It is with much gratitude we thank:
Bomberger's Store Lititz, PA
Brubaker Inc. Lancaster, PA
Paul B Hardware Lititz, PA
Lehman Insurance Ephrata, PA
Peters' Barbeque Manheim, PA
Speedwell Construction Manheim, PA
Weaver Energy Lititz, PA
In addition we are grateful for the generosity of so many; especially the following:
Keith & Ernestine Lehman Ephrata, PA
Jay & Marilyn Shaub Lititz, PA
Terry & Carol Bellesfield Northampton, PA
Sandy Buckwalter Lititz, PA
Dolores Ebersole Manheim, PA
Andrew Forsyth Dillsburg, PA
Roy Hoover New Holland, PA
Lyndell Martin Ephrata, PA
Bryan & Terri McGinniss Brookeville, MD
Mahlon & Mary Ella Newswanger Lancaster, PA
Martha Thiesen Lancaster, PA
Harry Bauder Elizabethtown, PA
Isidoro Brunori Gap, PA
Harry Bump Richland, PA
Clair & Elaine Dise New Holland, PA
Carol Harner Narvon, PA
Nathan & Nancy Isaac Lancaster, PA
Dr. Paul Kelley New Holland, PA
Chris & Laura Long Lititz, PA
Dale Long Lititz, PA
Overall we raised over $11,000 from this year's Picnic in the Park! We are collecting donations until the end of the month of July.
Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who support us both prayerfully and financially in our mission! We are especially grateful for all who braved the thunderstorms and downpours to join us for our event!