Master Provisions 1st qtr 2014 ClothesMinded newsletter

  • 263 views
Uploaded on

newsletter from Master Provisions ministry

newsletter from Master Provisions ministry

More in: Spiritual
  • Full Name Full Name Comment goes here.
    Are you sure you want to
    Your message goes here
    Be the first to comment
    Be the first to like this
No Downloads

Views

Total Views
263
On Slideshare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
1

Actions

Shares
Downloads
0
Comments
0
Likes
0

Embeds 0

No embeds

Report content

Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

Cancel
    No notes for slide

Transcript

  • 1. Clothes MindedA Quarterly Publication of MASTER PROVISIONS Number 108- 1 st Quarter 2014     MAWUTO  FARM   After  a  year  of  planning  and  preparation,  God’s  Farm  (Mawuto   Farm)  is  ready  to  roll  in  2014!    The  Zimmer  Family  Foundation  of   Sarasota,  FL,  awarded  a  grant  of  $10,000  to  MP  for  us  to  purchase   and  ship  a  container  and  needed  contents  to  start  the  farm.    So,   what’s  prepped  to  go  to  Togo  for  arrival  in  late  April?    The  farm   workhorse  is  a  beautifully-­‐restored  1950  John  Deere  MT  prepared   with  loving  care  and  hundreds  of  man-­‐hours  offered  by  the   Wednesday  Night  Fairview  (Carthage,  MO)  Christian  Church   Men’s  Crew.    Various  donors  in  Missouri,  Illinois,  Kansas  and   Kentucky  allowed  us  to  ship  a  large  planter,  two  different  types  of   plows,  a  cultivator,  disk  and  many  hand  tools.    The  first  ten  acres   will  be  planted  in  2014  with  eventual  expansion  to  75  acres  at   Mawuto  Farm  in  southern  Togo.    Crop  staples  will  be  corn  and   peanuts  and  mangos,  pineapples,  oranges,  avocados  will  be  among  other  crops  grown.    Poultry,  hogs  and  tilapia  are  also   planned  to  be  produced  and  marketed  at  the  farm,  whose  goal  is  to  provide  100  jobs  and  create  a  sustainable  income   for  Lifewind  International  in  Togo.    Daniel  Kpowbie,  National  Director  for  Lifewind  and  his  wife,  Kafui,  left  their  two   daughters  and  churches  behind  to  join  us  for  travel,  speaking  and  training  assignments  from  Kentucky  to  Kansas  in   February  and  March.    Roger  and  a  team  of  students,  parents  and  teachers  from  Lexington  (KY)  Christian  Academy  will   make  Mawuto  Farm  one  of  their  many  stops  on  the  June  10-­‐24  mission  trip  to  Togo.  Please  pray  for  God’s  blessing  upon   this  important  partnership  project.         HAPPY  20th  ANNIVERSARY  GIFT:  A  NEW  LOGO   MP  started  in  1994  with  a  purpose  of  providing  clothing  in  Ukraine  that  would  meet  needs,  create  jobs  and  stimulate   evangelism.    As  we  celebrate  Happy  Anniversary  #20  in  2014,  MP  focuses  on  clothing,  food  and  orphan  care  in  the  U.S.,   Central  America,  Eastern  Europe  and  West  Africa.    We  also  engage  in  development  project  work  with  some  partners  to   help  them  on  the  path  to  self-­‐sustenance.    Thanks  to  the  volunteer  leadership  of  Mark  Richardson,  a  graphic  design   specialist,  MP  is  unveiling  our  new  logo  and  tag  line  –  Charitable  Excellence  Worldwide.    Mark  received  input  from  a   focus  group  of  logo  design  experts  in  Chicago  donated  many  hours  of  consulting  and  design  work,  including  personally   meeting  three  times  with  our  staff.    So,  here’s  the  new  logo  with  Happy  Anniversary  wishes:         DATES  THAT  MATTER  -­‐  2014   Saturday,  September  13  –  12th  Annual  MASTER  Pro  Golf  Classic  –  Lassing   Pointe  Golf  Course  –  Union,  KY   Wednesday,  November  12  –  1st  Annual  Free  Lunch  Celebration   Luncheon   Monday,  December  1  –  MASTERmonday     WELCOME  TO  THE  BOARD   We  are  pleased  to  announce  that  Rick  Merrell  has  agreed  to  serve  as  the  seventh   member  of  our  MP  Board  of  Directors.  Rick  owned  and  operated  a  professional  window   cleaning  business  for  23  years  and  was  a  founding  member  of  The  International  Window   Cleaning  Association.  Over  20  years  ago,  Rick  established  a  specialty  truck  sales  business   in  Florence,  Merrell's  Truck  Sales.  He  and  his  wife,  Melodee,  have  been  members  of  First   Church  of  Christ  in  Burlington,  KY,  for  45  years,  where  Rick  has  served  in  various   leadership  capacities.  The  Merrells  have  one  daughter,  Holly,  and  are  blessed  with  two   grandchildren.    Rick  will  provide  expertise  in  the  areas  of  transportation  and  financial   strategy/planning.       WARM  WEATHER  CLOTHING   There  are  things  in  life  you  can  “never  get  enough  of”.    For  MP,  we  can  never  get  enough  clothing  suitable  for  use  in   warm-­‐weather  climates  and  flat-­‐soled  shoes.    Men’s  and  children’s  items  are  always  in  great  demand,  too.  We   encourage  you  to  schedule  a  clothing  drive  at  your  church,  business  or  school  to  help  meet  this  worldwide  need.    Or,  if   you  live  in  Greater  Cincinnati,  you  are  welcome  to  drop  off  donated  items  at  MP  headquarters.    After  business  hours,  
  • 2. donations  may  be  placed  in  the  brown  storage  bin  on  the  north  side  of  the  building  in  the  alcove  nearest  the   communications  tower.           3-­‐WAY  INVOLVEMENT  MENU   Everyone  with  a  heart  to  strengthen  the  ministry  of  MP  can  select  from  a  large  menu  of  involvement  choices.    We  need   you  to  join  us  in  any  of  these  important  areas  of  involvement  as  you  are  led  by  the  Lord:     ENCOURAGE:   ~Check  out  requests  on  social  media  and  the  MP  web  site   ~Or  sign  up  to  receive  the  monthly  prayer  email  to  encourage  others  in  prayer   ~Help  send  thank  you  notes  to  recognize  volunteer  and  donor  contributions   ~Prepare  a  meal  or  bake  some  cookies  for  special  occasions       SERVE:   ~Join  us  on  the  last  Saturday  morning  of  each  month  to  provide  food,  clothing  and  encouragement  to  residents  in   Covington,  Kentucky.   ~Travel  with  us  on  a  short-­‐term  international  mission  trip   ~Volunteer  at  the  MP  warehouse  any  week  day  except  holidays  from  9  –  5  (daily  volunteer  meetings  take  place  at  9  am)   ~Assist  at  our  warehouse  on  the  second  Saturday  of  each  month  from  9  –  noon   ~Help  with  various  office  clerical  tasks       SHARE:   ~Regular  and  special  gifts  are  needed  to  support  MP  operations   ~Sponsor  an  orphan  with  a  monthly  donation  of  $50   ~Participate  in  one  of  our  enjoyable  fundraising  events   ~Join  our  Birthday  Provisions  Family  with  an  annual  gift  of  $75  in  honor  of  your  birthday   ~Celebrate  MASTERmonday  each  year  (donate  food  money  on  the  Monday  after  Thanksgiving)   ~Donate  good  used  clothing  and  shoes  (lightweight  clothing  is  always  urgently  needed),  canned  goods,  sewing   machines,  fabric,  pill  bottles,  used  cans  of  latex  paint,  aluminum  cans   ~Use  your  Kroger  Plus  Card  (Greater  Cincinnati  shoppers  only)  or  a  specially  assigned  Remke  Bigg’s  gift  card  to  make   purchases   ~Become  a  regular  donor  through  check,  bank  draft  or  online  giving,  join  iGive  for  online  shopping  or  give  by  mobile   phone  (text  any  amount  to  859.449.4724,  provide  confirmation  details  and  you’re  ready  to  give  to  MP  on  the  go!)     FIRST  QUARTER  FOOD  FACTS   In  spite  of  some  slip  sliding  on  streets,  the  food  outreach  continues  to  gain  traction  at  MP.    At  the  2013  Annual  Meeting,   the  MP  Board  of  Directors  voted  unanimously  to  formally  adopt  local  Food  Distribution  as  one  of  our  core  ministries.     John  Eldridge,  who  had  faithfully  volunteered  for  14  months,  was  asked  to  join  the  MP  Staff  as  Director  of  Food   Operations/Regional  Outreach.    Under  John’s  outstanding  leadership,  MP  now  manages  the  largest  food  bank  type  of   operation  in  Northern  Kentucky.    John’s  team  is  in  the  process  of  mechanizing  operations  to  more  accurately  track   product  distribution.    Thanks  to  a  grant  from  The  Butler  Foundation,  MP  installed  scales  at  our  Borland  Family   Distribution  Center  in  January.    On  an  average  week  so  far  in  2014,  we  manage  125  appointments  and  distribute  over   100,000  pounds  of  fresh  produce,  beverages  and  bakery  products  to  non-­‐profit  partners  serving  people  in  communities   throughout  Greater  Cincinnati.  Approximately  50  volunteers  per  week  are  essential  to  operate  this  massive  hunger  relief   effort  hosted  by  MP.    Volunteers  are  needed  to  sort  and  load  food,  drive  trucks  (CDL  drivers,  too),  greet  clients;  assist   with  general  cleaning  and  clerical  tasks,  etc.    Daily  orientation  sessions  start  at  9:00  a.m.      Contact   john@masterprovisions.org  to  volunteer  or  just  show  up  at  7725  Foundation  Dr.,  Florence  any  weekday  between  9  and   5  and  we’ll  have  an  important  task  for  you  to  complete  as  we  work  together  to  help  people  living  under  severe   economic  duress.    Financial  support  is  needed,  too,  because  MP  does  not  charge  our  non-­‐profit  partners  to  pick  up  food   used  to  care  for  our  neighbors  living  with  food  insecurity.    It  costs  only  $10,000  per  month  to  provide  this  valuable   service  to  our  communities  that  freely  distributes  over  $500,000  worth  of  grocery  items.     WE  ARE  NOW  ON  IGIVE   iGive.com  is  the  first  online  shopping  mall  where  a  portion  of  each  purchase  is  donated  to   your  favorite  cause.  iGive.com  was  established  in  1997  for  one  purpose:  to  turn  everyday   online  shopping  into  donations  for  worthy  causes,  at  no  cost  to  shoppers  or  the  causes  they   support.  Amazon,  Ace  Hardware,  Best  Buy,  Bath  and  Body  Works,  and  Dillard’s  are  among   some  of  the  hundreds  of  shops  to  choose  from!   CLOTHING  COMMENT  by  Roger  Babik   There  are  lots  of  new  things  to  celebrate  at  MP  in  the  first  quarter  of  the  New  Year!    Thanks  to   a  generous  foundation  grant  and  MASTERmatch  contributions,  we’re  upgrading  our  vehicle  fleet  with  some  new-­‐to-­‐MP   trucks  and  semi-­‐tractors  that  will  reduce  maintenance  and  fuel  costs  by  thousands  of  dollars  in  2014.  Our  new  logo  is   officially  unveiled  in  this  issue  of  Clothes-­‐Minded!    We  have  enjoyed  the  first  visit  to  the  U.S.  by  our  wonderful  Togolese   mission  partners,  Daniel  and  Kafui  Kpowbie.    Local  and  regional  food  distribution  is  now  an  official  part  of  the  MP  
  • 3. portfolio  of  services  led  by  our  new  Director  of  Food  Operations/Regional  Outreach,  John  Eldridge.    We  welcome  Rick   Merrell  as  our  newest  member  of  the  MP  Board  of  Directors.    Thanks  for  encouraging,  sharing  and  serving  with  MP  as   we  gladly  honor  the  One  who  makes  all  things  new!