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March 10, 2013

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March 10, 2013

I was in a terrible mess! My second marriage was not going well. My husband had left the home. One afternoon we sat on the couch discussing our failed marriage. As I quietly prayed, the Lord reminded me of a woman I had met several weeks before. Her name was Bettie Mitchell. When my husband admitted he didn't know what to do, I suggested we see Bettie for counseling. He was in agreement. Bettie began counseling us. The process was tough but the end result was life-giving. My husband volunteered to help people locally and internationally. He has since passed on to heaven.

My Good Samaritan Ministries volunteer work began as a member of the Good Samaritan Ministries Kenya team. This work inspired me to travel to Kenya. Up to now, I have traveled 9 times to Africa, 3 times to the Middle East and once to Asia ... all to learn about and support the work of GSM internationally.

As a retired school teacher, passionate about the plight of children around the world, I now serve as Co-Leader of International Education. The Good Samaritan Ministries International Education team meets weekly at the International office in Beaverton, Oregon. gsminternationaleducation.org

Good Samaritan Ministries offers many opportunities for service locally and internationally. Individual counseling is availble on a donation basis. Inspired teaching challenges and moves us forward to freedom. We move out of victim mentality. We learn to use our gifts and talents, to go the extra mile, and to be a blessing to others. We meet inspiring men and women who live by great faith.

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Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

March 9, 2013
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March 9, 2013
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I’m a 5-year volunteer at Good Samaritan Ministries, specifically with a group called International Education, whose focus is literacy and education for children (most of them orphans) in 3rd world countries. Through fund-and-friend-raising events we … (1) tell the story at large … the international research backed by hard, long-term data … that these precious lives are forever changed because they have been given: (a) the tools to become self-sufficient, and (b) the gift of their own voice; and, (2) we tell the individual stories of children’s lives lifted from total abject poverty and obscurity to become contributing citizens in the development of their own communities.

So here’s the thing about Good Samaritan Ministries: THEY GET IT!!! They get that life is all about your perspective and attitude … within relationships … with your neighbors, spouse, kids; with your in-laws, out-laws, ex-laws; with your fellow workers, boss; with your stuff, like your clothes, car, boat, jewelry, house, and … your money; with yourself; with God. Enter their very modest facility and you immediately sense that their mantra rings true, that judgment stops at the door. Good Samaritan is a safe haven where you are embraced irrespective of your condition. You are free to learn, to keep on becoming, via counseling sessions; long/short-term seminars or group therapy (often interactive); varied weekly activities; become a volunteer and see where you adventurously end up, or, lend your known expertise.

Good Samaritan’s willingness and ability to expend their resources and themselves the mile beyond the extra mile to help the one in need is exceptional, often sacrificial. It is a HUGE work they do, and the needs are ever-pressing, particularly given the current world-wide economic climate. But, by wisely applying aggressive time and money management, they seem to cover more bases than otherwise imaginable. They are the first to admit the impact of their faithful and dedicated volunteers. Whatever space you fill at this ministry, if you let it, and if you dare, it will challenge you to see yourself more honestly, to question your life’s priorities, and ultimately, the reason for your existence … the purpose of your life on planet earth.

I believe that each of our lives is a story, interspersed with messy chapters. I often told my own children that our family, each of us, was a story in the making, because whether looking at secular or Biblical heroes, they, too, were all flawed personalities, irrespective of their suggested greatness. Years ago I had some counseling at Good Samaritan Ministries. Years later I returned and ended up a volunteer with the International Education group. I’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere the depth of dedication and commitment, such natural intent to intervene … to be “my brother’s/sister’s keeper” (Luke 10:25-37), as I experience at and through Good Samaritan Ministries’ efforts.

So what is my story? From my past counseling, from my volunteering, from attending classes and events at Good Samaritan Ministries, I’ve arrived at a place of reconciliation with myself, and there’s a real peace about that. There is always the push and pull dynamic in my life … which is rich personal growth potential … if kept in proper balance and perspective. You'll find that hanging around with "the people" at Good Samaritan keeps you humble, and if you stay attuned you can't help but expand your horizons, see with new eyes, become more willing, even able, to extend yourself, often simply because of a realigned perspective and attitude! I’m human but I’m learning I need to apply more of God’s grace in my life, and to extend it more to others. I always thought I had a story or two, but I’m seeing more and more that I have my own unique story. At this point, it’s not a bad read either, but there's new and improved versions up ahead!







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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

November 29, 2012

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November 29, 2012

I've had the pleasure of being a counseling client of GSM and training as a counselor as well as small donor, and I've seen the impact they've had on communities in many countries around the world, including here at home. GSM is one of the very best Christian NGO's I know of. I've had the pleasure of talking with their founder, Bettie Mitchell, and I can say that they reach out to every single person with open arms. This is a prayerful and brave organization who will not shrink from facing difficult situations, and who reach out to everyone, regardless of their lifestyle. These are Bible loving believers, but you will find many more Christian actions than Christian words here, and they know how to pinch a nickle until the Buffalo screams.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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