As many of you know, our sister in Christ and fellow Redemption Church member, Ricki Smith is on a short term mission trip in Mae Sot, Thailand. Read about her trip here. We heard from her this past Sunday morning at our corporate worship gathering. As the end of her trip draws near, our dear friend Ricki and a team of missionaries are working with refugees who are fleeing across the border from Burma in attempts to escape terrible acts of violence and crimes being committed by their government.
Many of these refugees who have found their way into Mae Sot are young men and boys who are living on the streets just trying to get by.
Before Ricki and some of her friends leave Thailand in a few weeks, they are going to start a Bicycle Shop that will employ Burmese refugees and continually carry out a mentorship program for Burmese boys who are living on the street. This mentorship process will be carried out by local Christians and missionaries. In this program, they will learn how to repair bikes (a sustainable income source) and build and earn a bicycle of their very own (their personal form of transportation), all while being off the street for the duration of the mentorship process. This will help break the cycle of poverty in these boy’s lives! And, most importantly, and throughout the entire metorship process, these boys and also the employees will have the gospel shared with them day in and day out. Pray that God will save people and that people will be discipled in their walk with Christ.
Here is a short video about the bike shop… careful, you may get a song stuck in your head if you watch this…
HOW YOU CAN BE INVOLVED:
–Partner with the Boekell Gospel Community Group in a Fund Raising Raffle:
And You Could Win A $200 Toys R Us Gift Card (provided by boekell photography LLC).
For every $10 you donate (before December 5th), you will receive one entry into a drawing for a free $200 Toys R Us Gift Card.
NO LIMIT ON ENTRIES.
You can enter with cash or by check.
(make checks payable to Redemption Church and put “Bike Shop” in the memo line).
See Pastor Paul Boekell to donate and enter the raffle and find more info on the raffle here.
–Donate Directly (by December 5th):
make checks payable to Redemption Church and put “Bike Shop” in the memo line and drop it in the give box at Redemption Church or mail it to:
1021 4th Ave.
Huntington, WV 25701