Hi, my name is Peter Masemore, and I am 12 years old. I live on my family farm in Pennsylvania, and my family has always had a close connection to OMS. The church we used to attend was one that had a lot of missionaries come visit, and we loved hearing about how we could help the missionaries.
One of the people at the church, Mr. Sullivan, took me to the OMS conference at Indiana Wesleyan University. It was so much fun! I got to meet Mr. Jason (Jason Campbell, One Mission Kids). We learned about the homes and church that were being built as a part of Homes for Haiti. We sold bricks at the conference to raise money for the project. I was scared to sell the bricks at first, but it was really fun.
I got back home, and it felt like I hadn't sold enough because there was still so much to do in raising the money for the community in Bon Repos. I decided that I would give half of what I sold at my small business/roadside stand to OMS for Homes for Haiti.
I made up a sign and told anyone who bought from me what I was doing with my profits. As my jewelry, plants, and birdhouse gourds were sold, I would take half of the money and put it in the bank. I found that, because the money went to something like Homes for Haiti, people were more likely to buy things from me. They liked the idea that they were purchasing things from a kid and helping the people in Haiti at the same time. I was able to send a check to OMS for Homes for Haiti for $240 because of the idea that God gave me!
This year I am planning to do the same thing. I also have heard about providing Bibles for Cuba, and so I think that I will give part of the money to Cuba and part of the money to Homes for Haiti.
Thank you for sharing what you can with these projects and for encouraging anyone to help, even if they are young like me.