Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Serving on top of the world

Serving on top of the world
LSCC member and team to build a playground
for orphans in Nepal.
JULY 2009

By Pam Wilbur

For Mark White, the top of the world seemed like a good place to build.

After making multiple trips to Poland to build playgrounds at an orphanage, Mark was up for a new challenge: working in remote Nepal, the home of Mt. Everest.

Mark, an LSCC member and safety manager for the Lee’s Summit School District, wants to bring health and opportunity to children who live without safe play areas. But it’s more than fun and games. Scientific studies show that children with age appropriate, creative play opportunities grow up to be more healthy, balanced adults.

In addition, building playgrounds is an opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ.

“The last two playground builds in Poland were a prelude to preparing to go to different countries in different parts of the world,” he said.

As further evidence that he is in it for the long haul, Mark is forming a ministry called Playgrounds of Peace (POP). Unofficially, it stands for the concept of a father or grandfather, a “pop” – a loving father figure so desperately needed by orphans. Perhaps even more important, it also stands for the Prince of Peace, who is the force behind all of these efforts.

The next adventure begins in October, where Mark and a team of church and community members will serve the Hope for Nepal Children’s Home in Katmandu by building a playground.

Initially, Mark resisted the trip. In the last few years, Nepal has been ridden with often violent strife between Communists and rival groups. Yet he found that God kept moving things in the trip’s favor, such as offers of donated equipment.

In Poland, the teams served the orphans of government institutions. But the orphanage in Nepal is private and run by Christians. It doesn’t call itself an orphanage, but a “children’s home” and has the goal of helping kids become self-sustaining adults with life and vocational skills. Mark hopes to export some of these ideas as he comes in contact with other orphanages.

Several teachers, a musician, and a couple of people, who, in Mark’s words, “really know what they are doing,” will be on the team. Through his relationship with manufacturer BigToys, of Olympia, Wash., Mark was able secure all of the playground equipment for the project. But even with that generous gift, funds are still needed for tools, travel, shipping the playground equipment ($2,300) and operational expenses.

Funds can be donated through Lee’s Summit Community Church and designated for “Playground Project.” In addition, Mark and the team request your prayers as they seek to demonstrate the love of Christ in Nepal. To learn more contact Mark or check out his blog.

Pam Wilbur is a member of Lee's Summit Community Church.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Welcome David Richardson to the POP Team!

Our friend and new Send Out Cards associate David Richardson is going to the Country of Moldova which is between Romania and Ukraine in Eastern Europe. David is going to work with an orphanage and explore future ministry opportunities.

Here is a map of Moldova and some photos of the orphan children of that impoverished nation that desperately need to know the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.

Monday, July 13, 2009

POP for Nepal Team Meeting, Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Nepal team will me at the East Auditorium at LSCC at 6:00 PM. The meeting will be one hour. Eric Clemmons of SOC will give another FUNd-raising presentation at 7:00 PM. Please bring $5.00 for pizza.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Our New POP Hero!

POP for Nepal team member Bryce Anderson and I were sitting in a local coffee shop talking about the 100 gift account walk through give away for the month of July when in walks a gentleman who owners a local executive car dealership. We explained briefly what we were doing and how we hoped to raise enough money to get the playground equipment shipped to Nepal for our build trip in October. Before we finished with our explanation of our mission, he said "stop by my office and I'll write you a check for $1,000. to help with the shipping. My jaw dropped to the floor and for the first time in my adult life, I was speechless! Praise God for His provision!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Urgent Request: 100 people, 1 card = $1000 for Nepal

As a new distributer of Send Out Cards, I have been given the challenge to give away 100 gift accounts during the month of July. If I make my goal, the company will award me $1000.

THIS $1000 WILL GO DIRECTLY TO PAY MY EXPENSES FOR MY MISSION TO NEPAL IN OCTOBER. The organization I lead called Playgrounds of Peace (POP) will build a playground and relationships at Hope for Nepal Orphanage located in the Katmandu valley.

It will only take 10 minutes on your computer and will cost you nothing.

Go to this website:


Click on "send a free card." Send a card to anyone you'd like.

Can you please help me?

Thank you for your time!