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Jacksonville blog entry

“Bold City blog entry”

The Bold City (Jacksonville, Florida ) team served with Bethel Ministries in April. The Bold City group is an excited partner in the Mission:Mobility network, who has already started collecting equipment. They passionately serve the needy in the Jacksonville area. We encourage you to check out their efforts.

Bold City Guatemala Mission Trip: April 10th-17th, 2014

Florida-5The first day in Guatemala, Pastor Chris showed us around the wheelchair repair shop. There were tons of wheelchairs and since we wouldn’t be doing wheelchair distribution for several days I never really gave them much thought. We spent the first few days doing food distribution, loving on kids, praying with families, and building houses. It was such a blessing to be a part of.

Florida-2By the time we got to wheelchair distribution day I was physically, emotionally, and mentally spent. I was overwhelmed with love and compassion for the Guatemalan people. I knew wheelchair distribution was a big part of Bethel’s ministry, but it sounded like an easy day to me. I thought we would just be passing out wheelchairs. I soon found out that the easy day I thought we would be having would be one of the hardest emotionally. Here in America when a wheelchair doesn’t meet our needs we call customer service, send it back, and wait for them to deliver one that works. When a chair doesn’t work for a person at a wheelchair distribution the saws, screwdrivers, and bolts are pulled out. It is fixed right there on the spot. Whatever tools are in the Guatemalan tool bag are what you get. You use whatever it takes to make it work. I spent my time running back and forth finding the right size chairs and the tools needed to send them home in a wheelchair that fit and met their individual needs. Seeing people experience the freedom of mobility for the first time in their life was absolutely priceless.

Florida-3Young and old alike were overwhelmed to tears. Many of them had to be carried into the building by family members and were able to leave in their own wheelchair. Not only was it an act of love to the disabled individual, but it also showed love to their family members – the people that have spent countless hours caring for them.

Florida-4Those that left with a wheelchair not only received freedom, but they also received the hope of salvation as every person at the distribution got to hear the gospel. Bethel’s wheelchair distribution was so much more than just passing out wheelchairs. It was literally changing the lives of “the least of these” (Matt. 25:40). It was worth every second to see tears turn to joy as chains were broken and captives were set free. Every wheelchair counts and makes a physical difference through Bethel Ministries International.

Serving Him Together,

Pastor Shelly Divido

Light of the World Ministries

Iowa container arrives

Iowa container arrives!


The container was loaded in Washington, Iowa on April 30th, and arrived in Chimaltenango, Guatemala on May 21st.  Bethel Ministries International has been eagerly awaiting their arrival.

Iowa-2Once the container is unloaded, the Bethel wheelchair technicians will immediately begin to refurbish the chairs.  There are many groups from the USA and Canada that are coming to work alongside Bethel this year to distribute these chairs to people who desperately need them.

Iowa-3Mission : Mobility has groups in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Iowa and other areas currently collecting chairs for their containers…and they need your help.  Please find the closest location to you and help collect chairs for Guatemala.

Dios te Bendiga!

Pieces of the Puzzle

Pieces of the Puzzle

God has amazing ways of putting pieces of a puzzle together. Sometimes He shows us a piece of the puzzle that we had no idea existed.

A couple weeks ago Mission: Mobility had several unexpected (but very welcomed) pieces added to the puzzle

First, I received a phone call from an old friend, Tom, in Wisconsin. Not old in the sense of age, but a colleague from a job 28 years ago.

We were sales reps for an Ag Chemical company and we worked and golfed and fished together and were good friends. However, with job changes and such, we haven’t talked since that time. However, we did stay in contact and observe each other’s lives via the annual Christmas card letters. Then, along came Facebook. We connected via the Social media monster. Over the past 4 years, we have watched each other’s lives vicariously through the portal of updates and photos of family and travel experiences. Through the Christmas cards and Facebook, it was obvious that my old friend was a man of God and has raised an awesome Godly family! Cool!!!

Then I get a phone call. It opened with, “Hey old buddy, this is Tom, color in Wisconsin on your map, Mission: Mobility has a partner up here.” I knew that voice from the “Hey old buddy”! Praise God for old friends and Believers who Serve! We visited for over an hour. Barely discussing “the old days”. The conversation flowed through family and faith experiences. He was anxious to serve!

Ephesians 6:7 (NIV) Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people.

Same day, I get am email from Donna Mooney from Bethel Ministries International in Guatemala. (our partner who distributes the wheelchairs) She forwarded me an email from a guy in Helena Montana who had some collected equipment. I emailed him immediately, and my phone rang within minutes of sending the email. COOL!

It was our new friend in Helena Montana, Roger.


Unlike MOST of the Mission: Mobility connections, Roger had never served with Bethel Ministries. He knew NONE of the current partners. However he had been to Guatemala. Roger was out walking (in Helena) one afternoon and noticed several “apparently discarded wheelchairs and walkers at a local Rehab center.” He spoke with the director and said that the equipment was headed for the landfill. Not knowing what he would do with them, but knowing they had a better destination, he asked the director if he could have them. She said, “absolutely!” Roger thought….”that was nice, but now what was I going to do with them”.

Roger began to think that he knew of wheelchairs being distributed in Guatemala. In comes GOOGLE. After searching on the Internet, Roger found Bethel Ministries and then our Mission: Mobility website. He ultimately connected with Mission: Mobility!

After a wonderful visit, Roger agreed to be a Mission: Mobility Network Partner in Montana. He has put the chairs in storage and we are working on logistics. Will they travel to Iowa? Will they travel to Salt Lake City to our partner there? Maybe God will reveal more partners for Roger in Montana and we can collect more equipment and ship them directly from Montana. God knows.

I am confident that the Holy Spirit put Roger on that walking path to see that equipment! He wasn’t looking for them…like we are constantly! He was called, not knowing why or what!

Psalm 91:15 (NIV) He will call on me, and I will answer him.

A couple days later, get a call from a nursing home in a little town in Northern Iowa. The director was referred to us by someone in my area who had donated equipment. I thanked our new friend and donor and said we would work on getting the equipment picked up (this is 3 hours from where I live). So, next I go in the house and tell my wife (Annette) about the new donation in NE Iowa. Then I said, “I wonder if this would be something that is logistically possible for Tom in Wisconsin to pickup.” LITERALLY WITHIN MINUTES, my phone made it’s customary loon sound that indicates a received email. It was a note from Tom in Wisconsin. It started with a greeting, followed by a blurb how he has been sending out flyers and talking to people to find equipment, then….. “I’m still waiting for my first “come pick up some equipment” call; but I’m most confident in the Guy in charge (God) to have things happen when it’s meant to be.”

WOW! I emailed him back with the response….”ask and ye shall receive, buddy”.

Tom said, this was in his territory and he would gladly pick them up soon. COOL!

Tom & his truck

God is pretty darn good at putting puzzles together!

I am anxious to see what is next! Cool!

Rick FultonMission: Mobility Volunteer and Collections Coordinator (volunteer)

We have been blessed with the rapid expansion of the Mission: Mobility Network. Currently, we have official volunteer/collection groups in 15 states. Several more unofficially! God has been good in putting this all together! Our last container, shipped on March 30 arrived at Bethel Ministries on May 19. The need continues to be great, so we are pressing forward in our search for equipment. We anticipate on sending containers from Iowa and Kentucky yet this year. There is inventory accumulating at other centers and it would be AWESOME if we could ship a few more from other states! Please join us in praying for successful collections. Thank you for your support! Please visit our website to see how you can help!

Wheelchairs at 35,000 feet

Wheelchairs at 35,000 feet

There are moments in life where clarity comes in the most unusual places.  I had one of these moments today at 35,000 feet, somewhere between Seoul and Dubai.  The fact that became crystal-clear to me was this, “While we may be scattered across a very large planet, much of life can be boiled down to one thing…’relationships’”.

While traveling for work, several coworkers and I were standing at the back of an airplane talking with a man from England who is in the sea-freight business.  His job was fascinating to me.  While as a Pilot for UPS, I have spent thousands of hours in the air, the life of a sailor has always been intriguing to me.  While listening to this man talk about his job, he said the most enjoyable part for him is “working with people; and building relationships with those around him”.  While you may be asking yourself, “what does this have to do with wheelchairs”, the answer became immediately evident to me…”everything”.  Why do we collect wheelchairs?  People.  Where do we collect them?  From people!  Who do we interact with every step of the way?  You guessed it…people.  We can never lose sight of the fact that all we do in life, from our jobs, our families to mission work, all involve building and cultivating relationships.  It’s not a coincidence that this is the way God designed it to work.

I spend a lot of time calling nursing homes, hospitals and physical therapy businesses asking for help in collecting wheelchairs.  I tell many people along the way about how desperate the need is in Guatemala.  I have a lot of pictures to show, and I’m always ready to hand a business card to anyone who seems remotely interested in helping (maybe even some who are not).  At the end of it all, we are being given the opportunity to “connect and collect”.  We are “connecting” with one group, to “collect” for another one.

I am thankful for moments like this.  I am thankful for old friendships, and new ones as well.  Who knows, maybe we will be able add England to our map of volunteers.  Wouldn’t that be cool!!!

Dios Te Bendiga,


A Monsoon!

A Monsoon!

Laura Story wrote the song “Blessings.”  The one line says “What if your Blessings come through raindrops………”

Well, the sun was shining in Iowa yesterday. Or should I say the “SON” was shining, because we had a MONSOON of Blessings!

We had an amazing group of volunteers come to help load the container. The 3rd container that On His Path has sent to Bethel Ministries in 18 months!

Group loading containerWe loaded:

  • 124 wheelchairs,
  • 86 boxes of donated clothing (sorted)
  • 160 donated backpacks for the schoolchildren
  • 42 canes
  • 103 walkers
  • 62 sets of crutches
  • 50 boxes of wheelchair parts and medical supplies
  • 9 power wheelchairs/scooters

Inside container


Loading container

Container loadThe trailer was rather full!

We got EVERYTHING on…..except for 2 lonely wheelchairs. Everyone asked, “what will you do with those two?” I said” I will just put them in the shed and they will be seed for the next crop of wheelchairs!”

Container truckNow for the Journey:

  1. This container will travel from Washington Iowa to Chicago
  2. It will be transferred onto a train and shipped to a port in New York
  3. The next step is to be loaded onto a ship
  4. The estimated cargo ship’s departure is April 8
  5. It is due into port in Guatemala April 21
  6. It will probably take a week to clear customs
  7. Then it will be loaded back onto wheels and delivered by truck to Bethel Ministries

Please pray it makes it there with no delays!

Equipment on this load was from South Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska and Iowa.

Many willing volunteers spent time collecting, transporting, doing inventory and finally loading the equipment. Many thanks to EVERYONE who was a part of this container.

Thank you all!

Inventory Day

Inventory day: (Iowa)

Saturday March 29, a group of volunteers gathered at the loading warehouse. Thanks again to Ryan and Shannon Walker for allowing us to invade their Syngenta Seed warehouse for a week or so to inventory and eventually load the container!

We had a fun morning of doing inventory of all the equipment. The detailed information is then listed on the shipping manifest.

Thank you all for volunteering! Women-Inventory


couple-inventorywalkers-icrutchesfootrest-couplegroup-inventoryWe all expected a morning of just doing inventory.

When we think we have everything figured out, God reminds us that He has other plans.

Two of the ladies volunteering noticed a gentleman walking near the warehouse. They reached out to him. In the end, a group of the volunteers ended up praying with this man to lift him up in a family situation he was struggling with. Thank you to Rochelle and Jan for being obedient and doing as we are CALLED and reaching out to those in need!

It was a GREAT morning

Update on Container

Next Monday the container gets loaded and shipped to Guatemala.

In an effort to top off the load, we have been following up on some last minute donations.

Chairs in garageIt has been a good day!

Much equipment was collected. 5 power chairs, 15 manual chairs and a bunch of other items ,

Trailer with chairsTwo new partners added to the list of drop-off locations!

Network partnerThe network is growing!

I met with an amazing ministry today. Seeds4seniors. This ministry reaches out to the elderly in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They are serving in so many ways. A food pantry, a community garden, a medical equipment lending library, food delivery to the elderly, a thrift store and now a partner in our Mission: Mobility Network. It was a real blessing to meet Pastor Jim Coyle and the awesome volunteers in this ministry! They are doing so much to Serve their community.

As we pick up each piece of equipment, I think about how this wheelchair or walker will help TRANSFORM a life!

Thank you all for helping to “connect and collect”.

Dios Te Bendiga,


Clothes for the container

More donated items hauled to the loading facility today! John with bale of clothes

This “bale” of clothing was donated to On His Path’s “Mission: Mobility” to be shipped on the container to Bethel Ministries International in Guatemala. It weighed 1,100 pounds!!

DeRuyter with womanThe donors, Bonnie & Steve DeRuyter from NW Iowa, are a couple who have a huge heart for Bethel Ministries International and the people of Guatemala. They have been serving on mission trips with Bethel for several years.

Waco High groupThe Waco High School 4+1 Volunteerism group and MD Orthopedics employees helped sort and box the clothes. This will be a huge blessing to Bethel to have the clothing all sorted and ready for distribution!

blog-4Once sorted, we had 5 pallets of clothes all boxed and ready to go! Also with the bale were 160 donated backpacks that will be a blessing for the school kids that Bethel supports!

Thank you Steve and Bonnie for the donations and thank you to all who helped sort the clothes!

Ultimately, these clothes will be distributed to the needy in Guatemala when mission teams are serving with Bethel.

Guatemala moms with clothes “ Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?” —James 2:15,16

Little girl with clothes

We are all On His Path!

Dios te Bendiga



Iowa collection

Posted by Rick Fulton

Last Saturday was a fun day!  We have accumulated equipment in my “corn crib” at the farm since we loaded the last container in September. I actually lost count and didn’t realize how much equipment we had!!!

Iowa equipment and volunteers

Some local volunteers joined us to move the equipment to a warehouse for loading. Ryan Walker, a good friend who has a “Syngenta Seed” business, was generous to lend us his warehouse last summer for staging and loading the last container. In the summer, a seed warehouse is EMPTY. In the spring, it is FULL of seed to be delivered to the area farmers for spring planting. I ASSUMED that his warehouse wouldn’t be an option for this load. I stopped by to visit him. He said, ”I will make room for the wheelchairs”. He added, “I’m not doing this for you Rick, I’m doing it for the Lord…this is really HIS warehouse!” Ryan truly has a heart for missions, and we sincerely appreciate his support! Thank you Ryan!

So, Saturday we hauled 4 trailers (6×12) and 5 pickup loads of equipment to the warehouse. It was a huge load of blessings for the people that Bethel Ministries International serves in Guatemala!

Our next “event” will occur this Saturday, March 29. We are inviting volunteers to come in from 8-12. We will do a complete inventory. The manifest for the container will contain a serial number from each wheelchair, crutch set and walker. The boxes of parts will be inventoried and listed on the manifest as well. While it sounds like a daunting task, it is actually quite fun. It is a great opportunity for groups and individuals to get together to SERVE! It is also a good opportunity for High School students to get “Silver Chord” volunteer hours!


WALKER Syngenta Seed warehouse
1575 west 5th street
Washington, Iowa

The old saying “Many Hands make Light Work” came to mind. Wondering if it POSSIBLY was a scripture, I started looking. While it is not, it is a great saying. It is a famous quote from John Heywood, a noted poet, musician and composer. In looking for relate-able scripture, my favorite is:

Matthew 9:37 “ the harvest is plenty and the laborers are few”.

Well, the wheelchair harvest has definitely been plenty, and I know that by the time Saturday gets here, the laborers will be many. Please Join us in serving.

Thank you.


Ps. Another opportunity will be on Monday the 31st. At 9 am we will be loading the container! Please pray that it has a speedy, uneventful journey. Bethel’s inventory is nearly depleted. The need is great and they desperately need these chairs!

PPS. Please join us to inventory this Saturday (March 29th) from 8-12:

WALKER Syngenta Seed warehouse
1575 west 5th street
Washington, iowa

Welcome to the Network

Group of Volunteers

We are so thankful you have stopped by to learn more about the network of volunteers who connect and collect wheelchairs. Our prayer is that you are inspired to be a part of our network of friends.

Please pass this site on to your friends and family.  You never know who might be interested in donating items or volunteering their time.


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