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Operation 29:11

May 2018 Distribution Trip

May Distribution Trip 5/15-5/19/2018

Collaboration Group:  Operation 29:11, Wings of Faith, Giving Children Hope, Native American Emergency Relief.  All of these organizations are based in Southern California.

Event Workers:  Randy & Pam Williams (Operation 29:11), Jim Yost (Wings of Faith), Gasteiger Family (Jeff, Debby, Matthew, Michael) (Wings of Faith), Eric Luhmann (Wings of Faith / Operation 29:11), Kristy Scott (Native American Emergency Relief), Mona Reibold (Native American Emergency Relief)

Items Provided:  Beverages, Cleaning Supplies, Clothing, Food, Household Items, Hygiene Products, Laundry Supplies, Miscellaneous Items, Newborn Boxes, Produce, Spiritual Items, Tools, and Toys

Event:

The collaboration group had 2 semi loads delivered on 5/15 and 5/16 in preparation for event along with Operation 29:11 bring a 14 foot trailer full of items. 

27 Organizations were scheduled to come to the Wings of Faith Hanger/Warehouse at the Holbrook AZ Airport on Thursday 5/18 and Friday 5/19 and pick up items. The organizations provide assistance to the Navajo Reservation, Hopi Reservation, Fort Apache Reservation and San Carlos Reservation.  The area covered by these groups goes from Tonalea, AZ (North) to San Carlos, AZ (South) and from Cameron, AZ (West) to Laguna, NM (East). See map picture with pinpoints for each of the organizations on the Operation 29:11 Gallery.

We were able to distribute 740 items which represent items packed in cases to individual items.  The total amount of people served by these 27 organizations is 7,378!  This is our largest distribution to date. One of our concerns was we wouldn't have enough items for everyone especially those driving a long distance. God is so good and we had plenty!

Along with the distribution of items, Randy was conducting discussions with various groups on the garden project Operation 29:11 has been involved with at Sherman Indian High School in Riverside California. He was seeking feedback on changes needed to be done due to the different climate in Arizona and New Mexico. He has some great discussions and will be moving forward with setting up a project to implement on the reservation(s).

On Thursday 5/18 Toni from The Tribune Newspaper came out and interviewed the workers on what was going on.  She was very excited about the garden discussion that was happening and the Newborn Outreach boxes that she will do additional stories over the summer.

During a lull in groups coming in on Thursday afternoon, the team sorted tomatoes and eggplants pulling out the bad ones. Matthew and Michael Gasteiger made a Tomato Family out of some of the bad ones. The items being discarded were not tossed in the trash but local farmer came and picked up to feed his livestock.

We had 54 Newborn Outreach boxes for this distribution which brings us to 654 completed and delivered.  We continue to get requests for more boxes.  

To see pictures from this trip, go to our gallery.

October 2017 Distribution Trip

Distribution Trip - October 18-21, 2017 - Operation 29:11, Wings of Faith and Giving Children Hope

God has blessed us with so many supplies that we needed a semi-truck again to take it all over to hanger/warehouse in Holbrook AZ.  The team arrived at different times but all were there by Thursday mid-morning.  Unfortunately Christine from Giving Children Hope was not able to join us as she had planned.
 
On Thursday we spent the day organizing the supplies to see what we had.  Then we made up pallets for the groups that were coming on Friday & Saturday based on their Needs Assessment we did in May.
 
On Friday the guys from Wings of Faith (Jim, Konrad, Jeff) stayed in Holbrook. They had several groups coming in for pickups.  As each group came in they were tasked to review their Need Assessment and provide any updates, sign some paperwork acknowledging items could not be sold and then loading their supplies.  If they had extra room in their truck/trailer they were given the opportunity to take additional items.  Randy & Pam from Operation 29:11 sent up to Kaibeto, AZ to Pure Heart Baptist Church to make a delivery of supplies and then to Tuba city, AZ to deliver a sewing machine, cabinet and supplies to Lucy.  Lucy has waited two years for us to get her a sewing machine.  Amongst her suppliers were boxes of fabric.  She will take this fabric and share it with the grandmas in the area.
 
On Saturday we were all at the hanger/warehouse in Holbrook for the group of organizations that were scheduled to come in that day.  The same process was used that the Friday organizations used.  After all the pickups were done, it was time to load our trailer up with cardboard and cleaning supplies that needed to go back to California.  
 
On Sunday we all headed back to California.  The guys from Wings of Faith flew home while Randy and I drove home.  Had a bit of a problem when the shrink wrap was coming off the pallet of water loaded in the bed of the truck but found a store and purchased Gorilla tape to hold it until we got home.
Very successful trip, check out our gallery to see the pictures from the trip.
 
God Bless

Collobrative Event May 2017

Our first collaborative distribution event with Giving Children Hope and Wings of Faith was a big success.
 
On Friday 5/5 Jim Yost (Wings of Faith) flew over so he could be there when the semi-truck load (yes semi-truck) of items was delivered to the hanger/warehouse in Holbrook AZ. 
 
On Sunday 5/7 Dave Kirsch (Operation 29:11), Christine Sanchez (Giving Children Hope), Randy Williams (Operation 29:11) and I (Operation 29:11) drove over to Holbrook, AZ.  Dave and Christine were pulling the Operation 29:11 trailer packed with more items.
 
On Monday 5/8 Jeff (Wings of Faith), Konrad (Wings of Faith) and Mark (videographer from Hawaii) flew in and joined us in getting our trailer unloaded and everything organized in the warehouse for the next day.
 
On Tuesday 5/9 we arrived early to set up for the event.  Mother Nature decided we needed to have some rain which continued all the way to the end of the event and she even threw in some hail and wind.  People starting arriving way before the event was to start so we put them to work helping us set up tables/chairs.  As people came in, we had them sign in, gave them a Thank You goodie bag and handed them a Needs Assessment sheet that we asked them to fill out and turn in before they left.
 
At 11:30 we started the event which included the hanger/warehouse dedication, lunch and then distribution of product.  Konrad (Wings of Faith) was our MC for the event.  He opened up with some information about the event.  First up was the hanger/warehouse dedication where we had three different people pray.  First was Pastor Bob Seymour (Native American Missions Support) who said a prayer in English, next was Veldon Clendon (Hope Center Ministries) who said a prayer in Apache and then Allen Woody (Thoreau Outreach) who said a prayer in Navajo.
 
After the dedication was complete, we provided lunch for everyone and a time to get to know each other.  We had about 75 people from 25 organizations not including the 9 of us hosting the event.


Once lunch was complete, the gathering, inventorying and loading up of the items was done.  This was a bit tricky since it was raining out and the center of the warehouse was set up with table and chairs.  The different organizations were told to walk the perimeter of the warehouse and gather up the items they could use and find a place in the center to make their pile.  Part way thru this process we had to remove as many of the tables and chairs as we could.  Once the organization had what they needed they one of us would do the inventory on what they were taking then they would work on getting it loaded into their vehicle/truck/trailer and hopefully not get soaked while doing that.
 
It was a great day even if it was a bit of chaotic at times.  We were able to get into the hands of those who could distribute the items to those in need.
 
Check out our gallery for pictures from the event.

Outreach ministry of ICS Strategic Partners, Inc.
ICS Strategic Partners is a Public Benefit 501(c)(3) non-profit California corporation, incoporated in 2010.