Nov 6 2010

Gerson and Heather Nozea Interview Part One

If you haven’t had a chance to meet Gerson and Heather Nozea, go to their website and check out their story. This 20-something husband and wife have dared to step out in faith and give back to a country devastated by tragedy. I don’t know too many other folks their age who are willing to give up everything they have to help others. You need to hear more. Simply. Amazing.

Haiti Presentation Gerson and Heather Part One from Michael Goldsmith on Vimeo.

This is part one of a two part interview with Gerson and Heather Nozea who have started the organization “Growing Hope for Haiti.” This interview was used in our team’s Haiti Presentation.

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Nov 6 2010

Haiti Presentation

On October 21st, our Haiti team had the opportunity to give a lecture at the Mineral Area College Theatre. I say lecture loosely, because as I indicated that night, we are not really your “lecture” type of people. We’re simply a bunch of ordinary people whose journey intersected with the people of Haiti and who are now transformed in a way we never thought possible. Help us in getting the word out about this incredible country and the people who continue to see HOPE rising among them.

If you or your organization would be interested in having our team come and talk to you about our story, send me an email: goldie@bucketology.com. We’d love to share more with you.

Haiti Presentation Opening Video from Michael Goldsmith on Vimeo.

This was the opening video we used for our team’s Haiti Presentation. Special thanks to Daniel Bashta for permission to use selections from his “Dead Things Beautiful” Haiti Video and for his encouragement to continue to spread Hope across the world.

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Jul 19 2010

Haiti Video

Please take a moment to view this video from our recent trip to Haiti. This is only a small glimpse of life in Haiti and the devastation the people face every day. I have so much to share with you starting next week…until then, feel free to share this video with others.

Haiti 2010 from Michael Goldsmith on Vimeo.

A brief video highlighting a mission trip to Haiti in July of 2010. Sponsored by the Bridge Community Church, this mission trip provided help to “Growing Hope for Haiti” – an incredible organization dedicated to sharing Jesus and restoring hope to a country devastated by tragedy.

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May 26 2010

Heading To Haiti

leogane-haitiOn July 5th I will be doing something I’ve never had the opportunity to do – I’ll be traveling to Leogane, Haiti with a team of 12 to help rebuild a broken and suffering community. With estimates of over one million people still displaced and crammed into tents, I’m not taking this trip lightly. First of all, I feel this is something that God has asked me to do, and second, I’m hoping to find some small way to make a difference in a place where hope can sometimes be hard to find.

I will be working with Growing Hope for Haiti. They are a non-profit organization founded to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the people of Haiti. Growing Hope for Haiti seeks to help the people of Haiti become more independent, self-sufficient and to provide for their own families and community.

GHH is working with the Fuller Center (founder of Habitat for Humanity) to provide permanent housing for the victims of the recent earthquake. The Haitian families themselves are responsible for the labor of building their own homes. Growing Hope for Haiti has provided the land and the Fuller Center is providing the building materials.

Now for the part where I need your help. I’m looking for partners to help with the expense of this trip. This is your chance to find YOUR small way to make a difference – your donation WILL change the course of someone’s life. It might be one person, a family or it might even help a community. Can I count on you to help?

Here are two practical ways you can help:

  • PRAY. While this may sound simplistic, it might just be the most important thing you can do. Please pray for our team, our travel and most importantly that God’s presence will be evident in our presence in Haiti.
  • DONATE. There will probably be several items that will be needed before our departure, but the best way you can help is with a cash donation. It doesn’t matter how small (or how big!) the donation – every little bit will help! The total cost will be approx. $1100 per person, and any money donated over the $1100 will go directly to another team member for this trip. Here’s a nice side benefit – all donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE!!

tent-city-in-leoganeSo I’m throwing out the challenge to all of you – especially those who know me personally. I’m connected to many of you through Twitter and Facebook, and with over a thousand connections this should happen fairly quickly. BUT I NEED ALL OF YOU TO HELP!! Let’s blow this goal out of the water and see what happens!

Our team is comprised of many local school teachers and other Parkland community members. The Bridge Community Church has graciously offered to have their accountant take care of the financial details for this trip. I’m so glad that part of the trip is being managed by someone other than me! And remember, all donations are tax deductible!

Here’s the address to send your donation:
(Please make checks out to “The Bridge Community Church” with “Mission Trip – Michael Goldsmith” in the memo)

Michael Goldsmith
209 W. Marvin
Fredericktown, MO 63645

Thank you so much for your partnership and help with this upcoming trip! I’m looking forward to what God has in store and can’t wait to see what happens. In the meantime, if you have any questions or want to talk more about this trip, feel free to contact me at anytime or leave me a comment on this post.

Grace and peace,

Michael

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Feb 9 2010

A Special “Grace”

Seven years ago today, our youngest daughter, Emilee Grace appeared in this world for the first time. An awesome miracle for a family who didn’t expect (and didn’t think it possible!) to have another child. Little did we know what an impact she would have on our lives!emilee_grace

Sometimes it feels like God has given our family a second chance to do things over again. He is a God of second chances right? Not that we were horrible parents, but we didn’t necessarily win any parenting awards in the past either. That being said, we have two other UNBELIEVABLY AWESOME kids: Kayla and Seth. They have been the result of many years of trial and error, the shotgun approach (try something and hope you hit it), and “learn from our own mistakes” styles of parenting. Thankfully, they survived.

Fast forward to today. We certainly don’t claim to be perfect parents by any stretch of the imagination, but with God’s help we have tried to do our best to invest in our kids and train them to leave home and conquer their dreams. I think we’re doing a little better these days. At least I hope so.

The time will come when we will look back with laughter, tears, (maybe fright?) and a host of wonderful memories we’ve shared with our kids. I’m afraid that time is coming all too soon. But for now, I want to enjoy the time we all spend together. The hugs. The smiles. The “I love you’s.” And for that special little girl who has blessed our lives more than she can ever imagine, I simply say, “Happy Birthday Ems – WE LOVE YOU!”

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