Saturday, April 4, 2015

Campo Gonia Ministries

Reaching the Hungry is partnering with Jaime & Monica Arista to start the Campo Gonia Ministries in Nicaragua.

Please partner with Jaime & Monica as they service God through discipling men for Christ. Just add comment when you donate, or we will contact you when we receive your donation.
You will receive a tax-deducible receipt. Click on the donation button, or write your check & send it to the following 501(c)3 non-profit organization...  Reaching the Hungry755 Vista Canyon Circle; Vista, CA 92084.

If you are interested in joining us on a future trip calling (760) 523-0777, or click HERE

Monday, March 2, 2015

1st Month in the Philippines by Grace Sales

When we arrived in February 1st, we had one week of orientation.  I was able to meet five other girls who came in at the same time as me. First we completed paper work, then we toured the city and the clinic.

I am in a house with 6 other girls and so far I like it a lot. I share a room with one other girl and I love her! She is sweet, spunky, and, in many ways, just like me when I was her age (19yrs). She is a missionary kid from Thailand and very easy going. My other house mates are also really great and so far everyone is getting along really well.

Gracie's Language Class
First Day of Language School 
Gracie walking to school with roommates
Language school 
We began language school our second week. All 6 of us who arrived at the same time will be doing our whole program together.  We travel together to language school on Monday through Friday until the beginning of April.  There are 3 of us who live in my house and we begin our day around 6:40am, walking for about 10-15 minutes to meet the other girls and catch a jeepney. A jeepney is the most common form of public transportation here in the Philippines and is always a challenge: a very crowded and uncomfortable ride! All 6 of us catch our first jeepney around 7am and ride it for about 10 minutes.  Next we wait for a second jeepney, which could be another hour, depending on the driver. The second jeepney drops us off on the main road where we hike down another dirt road to the language school.

Classes are from 8:30am to 3:30pm, but because of the arduous trip back, we aren't home until 5pm. Altogether, the days are long, hot, dusty, and physically and mentally draining. 

My body has had a difficult transition so far but I think I am over the worst of it. Thank you to those who have been praying. I was feeling really exhausted and then began to have bad stomach aches, nausea, headaches and body aches.  Eventually everything I ate made me sick and I just felt weak and dehydrated no matter how much I drank.  Thankfully with a lot of prayer, fluids, and some medication, I am feeling much better. I am regaining my energy, able to eat full meals, and my stomach pains are not quite so bad. 

I really appreciate all the prayers and encouragement;  please keep'em coming!
About to start work.

Clinic observations   
I have now had three shifts observing in the clinic and have enjoyed it so much. Although I am usually exhausted from the week of language school I look forward to my 8 hour shift each weekend. My first two shifts were calm with no births ---just a couple laboring women, postpartum patients, and a few transports. On my last shift, I was able to observe a birth and a newborn bath.

Over all I am so glad that I am here; I feel God's confirmation almost daily.

Prayer requests:
•continued energy and strength to get through the days
•good health/ healing from fibromyalgia
•blessed relationships with the other girls and family and friends back home
•clarity of mind and retention of language 
•continued growth in my relationship with Jesus and desire for remaining in the Word

Praise reports:
•I made it here safe and with ALL of my luggage
•I was pleasantly surprised and blessed at how nice my living situation is and that I get along well with my roommate
•My body is recovering 
•The Lord has given me a joyful and grateful spirit 
•It hasn't been sooo hot yet, so the weather acclimation has been easier 
•The Lord has given me so many opportunities for prayer with and for other people 
•Communication in my relationships with people back home have been clear and blessed 
•I am developing sweet friendships with many different girls of such diverse backgrounds

Thank You For Your Partnership!

Please partner with us in 2015 to make this year the best ever!
You will receive a tax-deducible receipt. Click on the donation button, or write your check & send it to the following 501(c)3 non-profit organization...  Reaching the Hungry755 Vista Canyon Circle; Vista, CA 92084.

If you are interested in joining us on a future trip, please email, calling (760) 523-0777, or click HERE

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Travel Angels By Grace Sales

Grace at San Diego Airport ready to GO!
By the time I landed in Manila I’d taken 3 flights and endured over 21 hours in layovers. I was jetlagged and ready to see someone who offered me more conversation then just asking what I would like to drink or eat. As I got off the plane I had to go through a health form line, go through customs, and collect my bags and then find my friend Lucena who was picking me up. Every line was long and the luggage carousels were congested. I have traveled through many international airports and Manila is the only one that makes me feel unsafe.

Up up and away!
As I waited in line for customs a lady began to speak to me in Tagalog. I think she noticed the confused and tired look on my face as she quickly corrected herself and said in a perfect American accent "Oh I am sorry I thought you were Philippino". I said "no sorry" and she began to ask me if I was there on a missions trip. I was puzzled as to how she possibly could have known. I then learned that she had just lumped me with the only other "white people" going through customs and that they were a Baptist church group. However, her question opened up the door to other questions, and a nice conversation. She then began to thank me for coming to serve her people and then she introduced me to the couple who was standing in line in front of me. The couple was an older Philippino lady and her American husband coming to visit her family. The couple and the “Tagalog” lady began to ask more about where I was headed, what ministry I was a part of and how long I planned to be in Manila. We came to the conclusion that I needed to meet my friend Lucena at Terminal 1 which would require a bus ride.  The “Tagalog” lady told me that it wouldn't be safe if I wandered around looking lost on my own and the older couple agreed.  Fortunately the couple had a layover and also need to catch a bus to a different terminal.  They insisted that I that I stay with them and they would help me get to the bus station and help me exchange some money.
Grace in Duba Airport half way there.
After going through customs I began to look for my luggage. Since many flights had just landed there was not a single baggage cart available. It was so crowded I couldn’t possibly get close enough to even see my bags. I began to pray. The husband of the couple then came over to me and asked me to describe my luggage. He then pushed his way through the crowds while I waited with a cart he found for me. As I watched him collect my bags I realized there would have been no way I could have even lifted my bags off the carousel.  Then the couple took me to exchange some money, walked me to the airport bus and made sure it was the one I needed.  They both hugged me and kissed my cheek and said "God bless you and keep you safe."
As I sat on the bus I couldn't help but thank God profusely for providing for me. I was amazed by how that whole situation had worked out. How God worked every detail even down to having a nice conversation in the 45 minute long line through customs to someone strong to help get my bags for me.
The bus delivered me to Terminal 1, Departures. Of course, I needed to meet my friend at Terminal 1, Arrivals. As I began to worry and feel alone and lost, I began to pray again and just then a security guard came up to me and asked how he could help me. I explained where I needed to meet my friend and he said it would be best if I waited with him and his team and just called her. His partner let me use her phone and I was able to call Lucena and arrange for her to pick me up there. The guards gave me a chair to sit down on next to them and I waited with all the luggage at the curb for Lucena.

Grace and her friend Lucena in Manila.
Again, I sat there thanking God and thinking how incredible that all the details had been worked out for me. He had sent me several angels to guide me and guard me and at that moment I felt so loved and surrounded by my family back home. I knew without a doubt that I wasn't alone, that all of these angels were there because people were praying for me. I wasn't alone in any step of the way nor would I be in the future because I had a group of people who were praying for every detail for me.
And so, I want to thank you for your prayers, and ask you to never cease.  Please keep praying! 
If you are interested in supporting Grace's Ministry.
You will receive a tax-deducible receipt. Click on the donation button, or write your check & send it to the following 501(c)3 non-profit organization...  
Reaching the Hungry755 Vista Canyon Circle; Vista, CA 92084.
"The lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. So rejoice in the lord and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!"    Psalms 32:8, 11 NLT

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

RtH 2015 Mission's Trip

Click HERE to request more info on trips. 

Feb 4 - Mar 8 - Ethiopia New Testament Recording 
Feb 28 - Mexico Medical Missions
Mar 14 - Mexico Orphanage (had to reschedule to another date)
May 16 - Mexico Outreach
May 17 - 29 - Malawi Water Well Mission's Trip
May 18-26 - Nicaragua Mission's Trip
Aug 2 - 14 - Malawi Water Well Mission's Trip
Oct 18 - 31 - Mozambique Mission's Trip
Nov 9 - 20 - Nicaragua Mission's Trip
Dec 12 - Mexico Christmas Outreach

Some of these dates are flexible and additional trips will be added as we work with various churches. Several Mexico Trips will be booked soon.