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December 2012 Newsletter

Read the December 2012 newsletter here.

Octoberfest: Why we serve

The last few weeks I have written a lot about Octoberfest. The one thing I haven’t answered is “why do we serve?” And no, I don’t mean serving jambalaya either!

The question is why do we take our time and resources for a good part of September just for a one day event?

The answer is True Christmas. Mighty Hearts uses Octoberfest to raise money for the poorest children in Peru to have the best Christmas ever!

True Christmas involves a physical gift like a doll or a toy robot, a snack of Christmas cake called a panetone, games, singing and lots, and lots of fun! More important than the nice gifts is the real message of Christmas-That Jesus loves each of these children and he came to Earth just for them!

I had the honor of taking part in True Christmas in Peru in 2010. I witnessed, firsthand, how the love of the volunteers, the gifts, and the message of Jesus impacted each of the children.

Last year over 2,800 children were impacted by True Christmas. Our involvement in Octoberfest supports over 300 of them. Will you join us giving the gift of Jesus this year?

Please contact rlins@mightyhearts.org to volunteer

Octoberfest: All hands on deck!

In order to run smoothly Appleton’s Octoberfest needs a huge number of volunteers. Over 1,000 people donate their time as block captains, first aid, communications, and of course, in the 100+ non-profit food booths! Many of these people donate their time and expertise behind the scenes too…this event is quite the undertaking!

I didn’t know this before we got involved but the city of Appleton has its own coordinator just for this event! With 120,000 people scheduled to attend Octoberfest and over 150 food and craft booths I’m sure it’s a full time job!

This year’s Octoberfest takes place on Saturday, September 29th. In order to make Mighty Heart’s Octoberfest a success we need 40+ volunteers to answer the call to help. We need food preppers, dishwashers, and cooks before the event, and cooks, servers, and runners the day of Octoberfest.

Funds raised in Octoberfest go to support True Christmas in Peru.

Octoberfest: Building Memories

I’ve always has fond memories of Octoberfest in Appleton.

As a boy I went faithfully every year with my family rain or shine. I loved the carnival atmosphere and especially the food! My favorites were always the fresh cream puffs and clam chowder.

As a young adult I was able to experience Octoberfest in a different way, by volunteering. My Boy Scout troop had a booth where we served apple and cherry cobbler made in cast iron Dutch ovens. What made those days even more special was I was able to serve with my father who was also our Assistant Scout Master.

Today we are building a whole new set of memories.

This is the third year that Mighty Hearts has had a booth at Octoberfest. We are making over 60 gallons of spicy jambalaya and white chicken chili to serve. We need your help to make this a success. Whether you volunteer with your family, friends, or by yourself this is a great chance to serve with awesome people for a great cause. We also serve a great God!

Funds raised in Mighty Hearts’ Octoberfest go to support True Christmas in Peru.

Please contact rlins@mightyhearts.org to volunteer

Welcome Back Medical Team!

When I was a senior in High School my dentist showed me an x-ray of my teeth that was a bit of a shock. One of my wisdom teeth was hovering right under my eye socket due to a severe, but concealed, infection. The next day I was in the office of a top surgeon in Minneapolis.  The problem was completely resolved, and thanks to our insurance at no cost to my parents.  This is quite the contrast to health care access in developing countries where insurance for the poor and middle-class is an unknown.

The mission of Mighty Hearts International has many key goals, one being to make sure our kids are healthy. A few days ago, our medical team returned from
another trip to Lima, Peru where they checked the progress of hundreds of kids that previously were examined in our mobile clinic; they also treated many new
patients in Lima and a small village to the north. In talking to trip leader Arlene Johnson, she was delighted to report that the children they’ve seen for several years
(along with ongoing care by Doctor Ynes) are doing much better with few ongoing serious issues. However, when visiting Aucallama to the north they could see a huge
difference in the health of the kids. With your support, we will send the team back to continue treating the children and training parents good nutritional practices
affordable to them.

I must mention the complimentary team from our friends at Bethel Alliance Korean Church in Los Angles. During the same week our team was on the ground, doctors
and nurses specializing in dentistry and eye-care were also serving the kids of MHI!  What a blessing to see God at work blessing the children and our team with their
love and service! Healthy kids are ready to learn God’s word, the true foundation of their lives!

Welcome home medical teams!


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