Karen Mangels, OGT’s International Shipping Director held a Thrivent Action Team event for OGT’s staff and family. The group packed 8 duffle bags with sports equipment and strung over 150 wooden crosses to make necklaces. The wooden crosses are made and mailed to OGT by Rev. Leonard Aurich, in Dubuque, IA. He is OGT’s VP Grant Schmidt’s father-in-law. He also creates small animals and cars for OGT to ship to children worldwide. Included is a picture of Rev. Aurich. Over $1200 of sports equipment (basketball, soccer, and volleyball) were packed with goods purchased with Thrivent Action Team dollars, donations from Concordia University in Seward, NE and OGT staff “casual Friday” monies. The cross necklaces will be distributed in Thomassique, Haiti at a dedication of a playground that was donated and shipped to Haiti by OGT but first the construction of the playground will have to happen. OGT’s Grant Schmidt, Karen Mangels with husband John and Doug Sunderman, OGT’s board member will help to put up the playground this coming week. They will also be in Haiti to meet OGT’s recipients and visit some of the orphanages and schools that we help to support with food and goods. More pictures to come following the trip. We are very excited for this amazing opportunity and ask for prayers for safe travels and to touch lives by sharing the love of Jesus in Haiti.