MARCH 18, 2010

Monique Judkins and Gwen Tuning (l to r) at Team Missions’ garage sale March 13 at the Orofino City Park fair exhibit building. Not pictured are Don Judkins, Steve Tuning, Kathy Gadowa and Luke Manifold.

Five weeks and counting until Team Missions travels to the Philippines

   Team Missions, led by Monique and Don Judkins, has just five weeks to go before they embark on their two-week short term missions trip to an orphanage in the Philippines.

   This year the team consists of not only Monique and her husband Don of Orofino, but also Gwen Tuning of Woodland and Luke Manifold and Kathy Gadowa of Grangeville.

   While in the Philippines they will be doing many service projects for Nehemiah House, including digging a large ditch to divert flood waters away from the orphanage, repainting all three buildings, and repairing the roof. Don and Luke are heading up all the service projects. Monique is planning to provide dental care for all the children to include sealants, cleanings, fluoride treatments and oral care instructions. 

   Fun projects include a puppet ministry to be done by the whole team, bible studies prepared by Gwen, and crafts are being overseen by Kathy. Becky is a licensed beautician so she will be doing haircuts and other services they would otherwise not have the money to do like pedicures and manicures.

   The team is also bringing over some much needed underclothing for the girls, but to ensure they all get some new underclothes each, they are bringing over extra money to take the girls shopping. Shirley Johnson of Orofino raised all the money needed to do this.  Thanks go out to Shirley for her help with this.

   The team has been raising money all year. Many of the people in the communities of Orofino, Kamiah and Grangeville have helped by supporting them. Over the last year the team has sold Krispy Kreme donuts,  held garage sales, and are currently selling  tickets for two lucky people to win half a beef (all cut to specification), and now their final fundraiser is coming to a close.

   If you are interested in buying some raffle tickets, contact Gwen at 935-2425, Monique at 874-3781, Kathy at 414-4121 or Luke at 553-5987. The beef is donated by Gwen and Steve Tuning and is all organic.

   The team would like to thank Larry Squires of Battleridge Meats in Kooskia for donating the cutting and wrapping. The drawing is coming up; on April 1 two lucky winners will get each half a beef.