My friends and I stood scrunched together at our small, city-airport, arrival’s gate. We anticipated with wonder that perhaps some new life change would be soon walking toward us. Just two days prior, I had been contacted by a local resettlement office... Read More
It was a seemingly insignificant hiccup in my day, but it changed my perspective on access to clean water. The water main in my neighborhood was turned off for...Read More
The crisis in Ukraine has touched the hearts of many. We want you to be encouraged in knowing that even in this dark time, the light of hope shines on...Read More
The end of the familiar Nativity story is joyful, but the beginning of this story is a mess. The journey to the joy was through chaos, uncertainty, and darkness. But the Light was on the way...Read More
I grew up in a small village in Slovakia. I am a Roma woman who grew up with three brothers and a mom and dad. I wasn’t a typical girl, who was very feminine. I was more of a tomboy who liked to play football with the boys...Read More
I am about to pass onto you a glimmer of hope because many of us need a reminder that God sees us, He knows, and He is faithful. If you do not have time to make it to the end of this blog, here is the spoiler...
The creative side of me blossoms when I can envision multiple purposes for something deemed useless. Broken pallet pieces and metal rods? Looks like a spice rack to me. A frame with a warped canvas...
On Saint Patrick’s Day, some celebrate together, some make recipes or crafts, and others simply wear green. But most never consider the real person behind the holiday. As a captive, refugee, and later missionary to Ireland...
Sahar* has faced unthinkable challenges in the 6 years since 2014. She had to flee her home city and say goodbye to family members for...Read More
"We were going to find a way to celebrate with them this year. We have been planning our Haiti “wedding” as long as we have our real ceremony in the States! Read More
In January 2005, I had recently turned my heart back to God and was preparing for my first mission trip with GPPD. I heard about the devestating tsunami that...Read More
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On May 3, 2003, official documents were signed stating that we were recognized as a legal 501(c)3 organization. Today, we celebrate 18 years of God’s faithfulness and provisions and give Him praise and glory for what He has done...
On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot at a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. The shadow of his assassination still falls on its fifty-third anniversary this Easter Sunday...
When Ian went to India this year*, God showed him amazing things that he never expected. It was his first time traveling this far from home without...
When Ian went to India this year*, God showed him amazing things that he never expected. It was his first time traveling this far from home without his family. From the moment he left Central Pennsylvania, God made it known that Ian and his team were not in control, but He was. Even though they had a set itinerary and a plan in place, God decided to lead them in a different direction and determined their steps. Their flights were delayed several times, they missed flights and their host in India’s father passed away, which interrupted a lot of their team’s plans.
The highlight of Ian’s trip, though, was getting to see the water well his relay team ran for in the Harrisburg Marathon that past fall.
“We traveled for a while on this rural dirt road and I have to admit I was a bit car sick,” Ian said. “All of a sudden, there was a group of people in the middle of the road. We came to a stop and I realized they were there to celebrate with us! We were received with laughter, shouts of praise, smiles, hugs, and handshakes. It was truly overwhelming and I had tears flowing down my cheeks as we walked across the field to the water well. There were about 100 people at the water well dedication to celebrate.”
The way that God worked through Ian in the unexpected experiences, the people he met, and the emotions that he had, were what made this trip to India one of the most amazing experiences he ever had. This trip was a reminder to Ian to not hold on too tightly to his plans, because God always has something better planned.
*This blog post is from our archive.
After Haiti’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake in 2010, God put a heavy burden on Scott and his family's hearts. The precious people there were hurting...
After Haiti’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake in 2010, God put a heavy burden on Scott and his family's hearts. The precious people there were hurting, and Scott was determined to help in some way. When Scott’s church took a trip to Haiti soon after the earthquake, Scott was struck with compassion for the children he met there. A few years later these same children became a part of our Haiti Rev Home.
After meeting many of the children in 2010, Scott decided that his family should sponsor a child. They started sponsoring Jovenel, and it was like he instantly became a part of their family in Alabama. In 2012, Scott’s whole family went to meet Jovenel for the first time, and they fell in love with him even more. Every year since, Scott’s wife Lindsey makes sure to visit him every summer for his birthday, and the whole Middleton family visits him every year for Christmas.
Scott, of course, loves traveling to Haiti to visit Jovenel, but he also has been to Jordan two times to partner with what God is doing among refugees. The first time he went in 2018, he was a little overwhelmed by the major influx of refugees in the Middle East. He also felt humbled and overwhelmed with love for them. He returned to Jordan again this year to care for more refugees.
When Scott isn’t traveling or visiting Jovenel, one of his passions is cycling. He’s been cycling for 10 years and sets up rides with his friends often. Last year, he had a great idea to combine his two passions: raising money for the Rev Home and the refugee crisis while he cycles. He set a goal to cycle in every county in Alabama and fundraise while doing so. Although he has had a few setbacks, and continuing his journey longer than expected, he’s still motivated to reach his goal.
“There are people in Haiti and Jordan that don’t have options that I do,” Scott said. “In Haiti, there is so much poverty and not many opportunities. If I can raise money to help provide education...I know they’ll begin to have more opportunities in the future.”