2006-2008

Children’s Clothing
God Moment 8:     (Matthew 25:36)   Volunteers were sorting new children’s clothing.  The clothing arrived at 7:30AM.  We sorted the clothes into 150 boxes by 2PM, at that time Harry received a call from a church who had needs for children’s clothing to distribute at an outreach event.  God answers needs.

 

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The Lord Provides a Sofa
God Moment 9:     (Luke 3:11)           Someone called Mission Central early one morning saying she had just moved and understood Mission Central sometimes had furniture for people in need.  She needed a sofa.  Unfortunately at the time Mission Central didn’t have a sofa to offer her.  Within one hour, Mission Central received a call from a person asking if we could use an almost new sofa.  The two parties were connected and the sofa was given to the woman.  Our Lord provides.
Sleep Apnea Machine
God Moment 10:     (Matthew 7:7)      A family called Mission Central to see if they would accept a donated sleep apnea machine they had after a family member had died.  Not knowing what we would do with the machine, Mission Central accepted it, and within two days it was in reuse by an Amish man who needed the machine.

 

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Suitcases
God Moment 13:    (Luke 2:52)            A few months after Mission Central opened.  A man stopped by, and said to Harry, “I have your suitcases, I saw your ad for suitcases,” (there was no ad).  The man insisted the suitcases were for Mission Central.  Harry said “OK we will take them.”  The man had a lot of suitcases; he just kept bringing them into the warehouse.  Harry didn’t know what he was going to do with all the suitcases.           A short time after we received the suitcases, someone came to the warehouse asking for 30 suitcases.  Missionaries usually are allowed two suitcases when they go to their mission destination.  They usually pack one with their own personal items and the other suitcase is used to pack supplies needed for their mission.  We have collected suitcases since that time for missions.  God always knows what we need before we do.

 

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Sheet Reader
God Moment 14:    (Hebrews 2:4)           We received a newspaper sheet reader.  A sheet reader magnifies print to allow people with poor eyesight to read documents more easily.  One hour after the sheet reader was given to Mission Central; a man came in and requested a sheet reader for one of the members of his church.  We didn’t have an opportunity to place the sheet reader in the appropriate area or even remove it from the cart where it was originally placed.

 

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Appliances
God Moment 15:    (Galatians 3:5)           We received a call from an “abused women’s” shelter.  They requested a 30 inch gas stove, a washer, and a dryer.  We didn’t have those items in stock.  The next day we received a call from people who were remodeling their kitchen; they donated a 30 inch gas stove to Mission Central.  The next week we received a washer and dryer!  We have made some new friends at the shelter.  It all works together for the glory of God.  We at Mission Central are very proud to be a part of that thought process.

 

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Music Stands
God Moment 16:    (Matthew 11:21)           The camping program for the United Methodist Conference needed music stands.  They contacted our Executive Director to determine if Mission Central had any music stands.  We didn’t.  The next day someone donated four music stands.  I want someone to tell me that God doesn’t watch over all of us.  This is truly Gods hands and feet at work.

 

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Truck Driver
God Moment 17:    (Luke 22:17)           An attorney from New York phoned Mission Central, and stated that he had a client who needed to do community service.  The client was a truck driver who had to provide 100 hours of service.  He asked if we had any work that might satisfy his needs.  Truck driver?  This was music to our ears!           The driver offered to deliver a truckload of material for the Rosebud Mission in South Dakota.  This special task used 70 hours of his required service time.  The Sioux Indians of South Dakota certainly appreciated the delivery plus the service of Mission Central, plus the efforts of the Rosebud Mission.           The driver then offered an additional trip where he might be the most useful.  This time, Mission Central had a need to deliver material directly to Gulfport, Mississippi.  The driver completed the delivery most graciously and far exceeded his requirement of 100 hours.           God works his miracles through all of us, including drivers.  We at Mission Central are open to his guidance.

 

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Another Truck Driver
God Moment 18:    (Acts 20:35)           On Mother’s Day 2006, we received a call for Flood Buckets for the Boston area.  We tried to find a commercial carrier to take the 600 flood buckets to Boston and failed. On the Monday after Mothers Day a gentlemen delivered five pallets of new books to Mission Central.  The books were his donation to Mission Central.           He had heard of our need for a truck and driver and offered to do the job himself. The gentlemen owned a distribution center.  He used his truck and personally delivered the 600 flood buckets to Boston two hours after he delivered the books to Mission Central.  God has saints everywhere!

 

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Christmas Toys
God Moment 33:    (Exodus 35:21)

We received two pallets of new toys in December.  There are so many needs all year around for children.  At Christmas it is hard to think of children going without something special to celebrate our Savior’s birth!  Soon after we received the toys, we noticed an article in the newspaper about the Salvation Army needing toys for children for outreach at Christmas.  We contacted the Salvation Army in York, PA.  They were very grateful for the toys.  When we contacted them it was two days before their distribution date for Christmas and they didn’t have enough toys!  We also supplied them with Christmas Candy Kits.  God supplies needs.

 

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King’s Kettle Crib
God Moment 34:    (Proverbs 30:8)

Kings Kettle Outreach ministry phoned Mission Central and inquired if we had a crib. Kings Kettle Ministry was trying to help some grandparents whose children had a house fire, and needed a crib.  At the time Mission Central wasn’t able to supply a crib.  The next day we received a crib and we were able to give it to the family in need.

 

Mission Partnership
God Moment 20:    (Romans 8:28)           Jamaican Outreach is a ministry of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.  Volunteers for Jamaican outreach collect supplies, box and store them at Mission Central.  They send the supplies to Miami, FL, then on to Jamaica.           America’s Heart is a mission in Jacksonville, FL.  They send food and medical supplies to people around the world through Bethesda Mission.  Bethesda Mission from Mechanicsburg sends “America’s Heart” supplies once a month.           Jamaican outreach had a requirement to ship their supplies to Miami, (six pallets of supplies).  Bethesda Mission of Mechanicsburg shipped the supplies to Jacksonville free of charge. Jamaican Outreach only had to pay for shipping from Jacksonville to Miami.  This was a big saving in costs for shipping.  Bethesda Mission has done this shipping once a year for the past three years.  Another great example of how our mission’s efforts work together.

 

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Love Kits
God Moment 21:     (1 Corinthians 13:4)           Love Kits were developed to use the non-standard items we couldn’t use for UMCOR Health Kits.  We initially made them as a method to teach children and youth about missions.  Adults love to make these kits also.  The Love Kits stay in the United States, so we don’t have follow international guidelines when we pack the Love kits.  Other kits may go through “Customs.” Love kits stay in the US and are not subjected to those limitations.  Part of the kit is a handmade card made using construction paper.  Volunteers put a design on the front with a message about God inside the card. The designer has the option to use their first name inside the card.  You would think the children would love making the cards, but it is the adults who get more joy out of making the cards. The children enjoy putting the kits together.  As you can imagine the person who receives the kit is very touched by the card, it’s like getting a hug.  These kits are handed out to the homeless, flood victims, and generally to people in need.  These Love Kits were developed by recycling items that did not meet the criteria for other Mission Central initiatives.  Americas Heart was the first mission to receive Love Kits for homeless shelters all over Florida.  Love Kits are a Mission Central Kit.  This is a heart warming initiative that helps our friends and neighbors.

 

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Electric Wheelchair
God Moment 29:  (Matthew 6:27)

A volunteer, who comes to Mission Central often to work, inquired about an electric wheelchair. The volunteer needed a chair for a member of his church. Mission Central rarely receives any wheelchairs, let alone a good quality electric wheelchair.  However, Bethesda Mission had just received a good quality electric wheelchair as a donation.  We inquired about the chair knowing it was inventoried in the Bethesda area.  The staff of Bethesda Mission quickly donated the chair when they learned of the need.  That’s not just good timing, it is God at work for all of us. God certainly put a smile on the face of the volunteer worker and his home church friend.

 

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Another Wheelchair
God Moment 30:  (Matthew 6-33)

The Cerebral Palsy Association donated a custom built child’s wheelchair to Mission Central.  The wheelchair was worth thousands of dollars. Mission Central’s Executive Director’s wife, a speech therapist at a public school, was working with a new student who has Cerebral Palsy. The student didn’t have a suitable wheelchair for his special needs. The same week we received the wheelchair, we at Mission Central learned of this young man’s predicament.  Once again, God touched our lives when satisfying our special needs.  His timing is impeccable.  The young man now has the wheelchair, and his quality of life has been considerably increased.  God has his own plans on life’s difficulties. We simply need to ask.

 

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Peace Pole
God Moment 36:     (Psalms 103:6)

For our 5th year anniversary at Mission Central, we decided to plant a Peace Pole.  The Peace Pole was going to be planted in the middle of a garden, outside of the Mission Central Building.  We requested donations from individuals and business, for supplies for the garden.  We had two local companies to contact for landscape mulch.   We decided to contact the company who had a Mechanicsburg address.  When we contacted the company and made our request, the person we talked to was one of the owners of the business.  While talking to her, she knew of Mission Central.  She visited us with her mission group of her church, and took our tour.  She belongs to a local Presbyterian Church.  When we told her of our request for mulch, she immediately said she would donate the needed mulch.  God is so good; he see’s our needs before we anticipate them!

 

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Child-Sized Bed
God Moment 37:    (Romans 6:23)

God Moment 37 show how God’s gifts are most times unexpected, thus making them so precious.  A couple came to “New Digs,” a mission outreach housed at Mission Central, that supplies needy people with household necessities such as furniture, pots and pans, and kitchen items.  A young couple happened to be looking for a single bed for their son.  Mission Central had just received a truckload of supplies from the Altoona Hub.  One of the items just happened to be a single bed.  It came exactly when this young couple needed it.  The next week Mission Central was receiving new mattresses.  The couple was informed about the mattresses and returned to make a selection that would complete their original request.  God’s timing far exceeds our wildest imagination or expectation.

 

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Bedding
God Moment 38:      (Jeremiah 27:6)

A volunteer for Bethesda Mission, at the warehouse, asked Mission Central to collect rags and bedding items for animal shelters.  One Saturday he had a drop off for these supplies at Mission Central.  He collected over seven hundred pounds of blankets and supplies for the animal shelter.  He now has a drop off site at Mission Central warehouse for this purpose.  The Altoona Hub sent three big bags of used towels and bedding along with a shipment of supplies for Mission Central not realizing the volunteer started the mission outreach at the warehouse for those types of items. This material is t he type that would not meet the criteria for normal use.  The towels and bedding came right after the need was made known, all the way from Altoona!  Nothing goes to waste at Mission Central.

 

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HUB Sewing Machine
God Moment 39:        (1 Samuel 1:11)

Our Hubs have been experiencing “God Moments” also!  One of the Hubs located in the State College District wrote an article for their newsletter requesting another used sewing machine to make U.M.C.O.R. school bags. The Hub newsletters always prove fruitful! The next morning there was a brand new sewing machine given to the Hub, by one of their regular volunteers.  The volunteer said, “We need to get this sewing done!”  Thank God for supplying us with generous volunteers.

 

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Harry
God Moment 41:        (Matthew 25:40)

Dedicated to the Glory of God.

In honor of Harry Overholtzer, Executive Director of Mission Central, (June 2002 to June 2008)

Life’s lessons are sometimes grasped when you know a friend is departing to another place.  At this point, we grasp the unique personality that is dear to us.  Our friend’s unique talents are seared into our heart and “God” has taught us a lesson from them.

Harry, your faith, integrity, and love, have given Mission Central the stamina to carry on and face new horizons.  Your courage to face life’s trials gives us the strength to look to tomorrow with hope, love, and faith in keeping Mission Central a house for “God’s miracles.”   Thank you, from your friends at Mission Central.

 

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Volunteers
God Moment 42:  Matthew 10:42

When God opens our eyes we seem to be amazed and thrilled by things that happen to aid a ministry.

The vacuum cleaners at Mission Central get used hard.  The vacuum cleaners usually don’t function to full capacity and maintenance of them is hard to track since they are used by different people.  This can be frustrating for staff and volunteers alike.

One of our volunteer groups had been working on sorting clothing.  When it was the time to finish their work, they asked if they should vacuum the area where they were working.  When they started cleaning, they noticed the vacuum cleaners didn’t work to full capacity.

One of the volunteers in the group asked if he could take the vacuum cleaner home with him.  He wanted to determine if he could fix it, before he retired he was a vacuum cleaner repairman.  Since that time he has maintained and repaired two of our vacuum cleaners.  He is making it part of his ministry.  His church group comes to the warehouse to volunteer every month and when they are there, he will maintain our vacuum cleaners.

Help like this is so vital to our ministry.  Every job done here is important, such as cleaning the bathrooms, loading and unloading trucks, verifying kits, sewing and cutting material, clerical aid, answering telephones, sorting supplies, and sweeping and mopping the floors.

We have a volunteer who mows our grass.  We have a few volunteers that come and work at the warehouse more than one day a week.  These volunteers also fill in and help with work the staff at Mission Central do.  We also have a volunteer group called the Speakers Bureau, they volunteer to speak about Mission Central to different groups such as: Churches and Civic Organizations when a speaker is requested.

We like other missions are always in need of funds.  Without our volunteers, we would not be able to function.  When you think of missionaries, most people think of people in foreign countries serving needs.

The staff at Mission Central sees and meet missionaries every day, in their service they work to keep Mission Central running smoothly, they are our volunteers.  Without their help and financial aid we would not be able to be a Mission that helps other missions worldwide.  God has truly blessed us with our family of volunteers.  Our volunteers truly are the hands and feet of God in service.

 

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Warm Hearts and Hands Kits
Matthew 6:4

October 2008

 

The staff at Mission Central gets blessed in many ways.  One of the ways we were blessed was the Warm Hearts and Hands Kit.  The idea behind this kit was to have a kit specifically for homeless living on the street.  The first group to request the need for the kit was “My Brother’s Keeper,” a shelter in Camden, NJ.  When we asked how many kits they need, they replied they needed 300 kits.  We had one week to fill the request, as they were coming to pickup supplies in the next week.

On Monday, the week “My Brothers Keeper” was to come to pick up supplies, we received a phone call from Mt. Carmel UMC.  Mt. Carmel Church had flood buckets and handmade quilts to donate to Mission Central.  We shared with Mt Carmel Church that we would be grateful for the supplies.

On Wednesday of the same week we had two shipments going out of the warehouse.  One was a tractor trailer load of UMCOR relief kits going to the main UMCOR ware house in Louisiana.  The second shipment was to Camden NJ, for “My Brothers Keeper.”  When we were loading both shipments, the delivery from the Mt. Carmel UMC arrived.

They had Flood Buckets that we loaded onto the truck going to Louisiana.  They also had bedrolls that were homemade and included a pair of gloves, a scarf, and a knit hat.  The label on the quilt said “My Brothers Keeper, (the name of the Quilters Group).”  This happens to be the same name as the shelter that was receiving the materials that we were loading.  We had volunteers box the bedrolls immediately, including a handmade card.  We sent the bedrolls along with the rest of the supplies we gave to the shelter in Camden NJ.  Both shipments received goods from the Mt. Carmel UMC delivery, and left the warehouse the same hour they were delivered.  Only God is that efficient.

 

Door Repair
Summer 2008

At Mission Central we have a dock door with a ramp.  The purpose of this door is to allow pickup trucks and vans to back up to the warehouse and load or unload supplies.

In the Spring of 2008 an unknown driver backed into the door causing major damage.  It had to be replaced at a cost of approximately $2000.00.

In July we had a few rainstorms with heavy downpours, causing our roof to leak and the water shorted out the mechanism to raise and lower the door.

We contacted the company who installed the new door.  They gave us an estimate of $1400.00 to repair the door.

A week later a group from Lee Memorial UMC in Norwich, Connecticut, came to Mission Central as a work group.  There happened to be a retired electrician with the group.  He checked the door mechanism and told us all it needed was a $10.00 part.

He returned to Maine.  He located the part, and sent it to us with detailed instructions on how to fix the door.  Bob Shreiner, who works with the Computer Ministry and maintains the office equipment for Mission Central, installed the part and the door is as good as new!

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Mission Central Kits   Jeremiah 17:7

September – October   2008

We make Mission Central Kits to use the non-standard materials we receive for outreach ministry.  We designed two new kits; one was to be used for homeless people living on the streets, the other kit was for babies.  We wanted someone other than staff to name the kits, so we had a contest.  We advertised for names on QuikLINK and on our website.  We had many people who entered the contest. When it was time to pick the winning names, we listed the names entered anonymously so the judges did not know who entered the name.  The judges were two regular volunteers and a board member of Mission Central.  The homeless kit’s name is “Warm Heart and Hands Kit,” the name was submitted by a Missionary from Peru.  The baby kit’s name is “Baby Blessings Kit,” and the name was submitted by a seminary student from Ohio.

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Dental Equipment
God Moment 47:  Luke 12:8

November 2008

Mission Central sometimes receives items that are difficult to re-distribute, or to find the appropriate person or organization for the gift.  One such items that we recently received was Dental Equipment.  We received six full operatories of Dental Equipment from a Dentist who had just upgraded his building.  The equipment used a lot of precious floor space.  We phoned our medical contacts to determine if they were aware of a ministry that could use the equipment.  There was no requirement at this time.

A week later, the Computer Ministry introduced us to Douglas Yeboah-Awusi, President of the mission named “Africa’s Hope.”  Douglas’ ministry aids Ghana.  We offered the Dental Equipment to “Africa’s Hope.”  They were very pleased to receive the equipment.  The material was shipped two weeks later.

The blessing for Mission Central was two-fold.  First, we learned of “Africa’s Hope,” and second we made a new medical contact with “Cure International,” who has Tech-support to aid us with distributing “difficult to move” equipment.  God shows his “witness” many ways.

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God Moment 49: 2 Corinthians 9:7

Prom Gowns Fall 2008

 A formal-wear shop has donated 400 new prom gowns to Mission Central. The gowns were a pleasure for the staff and volunteers to receive. The staff thought the gowns would be fun for some of the teenage ladies to pack. We were right; the young ladies had a wonderful time packing the gowns.

 The gowns went to five different ministries. The ministries receiving the gowns were Elizabeth Chapel UMC (West Virginia Appalachians), Daybreak Ministries (Wellsboro, PA), Northern Tier Helping Hands (Wellsboro, PA), Redbird Ministry (Kentucky Appalachians), and Haiti Outreach.            

The last ministry to receive the gowns was Haiti Outreach. Our contact for Haiti Outreach shared with us the gowns would be a real blessing. In Haiti, people don’t get married unless they have a nice gown to wear. Sometimes they wait years until they can afford suitable attire. They live together unmarried until they can afford to purchase nice clothes to wear to the wedding. When we heard about the custom of Haiti, we were sure God sent those gowns just for the women of Haiti.