Planet Ark

mimi's village collage

Last week we read Mimi’s Village and talked about clean water, vaccinations, and global health care. We supported Shot@Life, a movement to protect children worldwide, by providing life-saving vaccines where they are most needed. We were able to support two children with a full vaccination set against polio, measles, diarrhea, and pneumonia. The kids were able to lift a jerry can partially full of water to get an idea of how heavy it is transport your own water.

We also had a stuffed animal vaccination clinic! Thank you Nurse Mackenzie, Nurse Ellie, Dr. Julie, and Dr. Rebecca for immunizing our favorite lovies!


Our last summer play group is this Tuesday, July 14 at 6:00pm at Kollen Park in Holland!

We will be reading the book Planet Ark.

Bring along $1.00 if you are able for fruit tree seedlings for families in Bangladesh through World Renew. Your purchase of a fruit tree seedling helps a subsistence farm family improve their land and grow fruit to feed their family and to sell for income.

We will have a nature scavenger hunt, leaf creatures craft, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, inflatable world volleyball, and egg and spoon relays.PlanetArkPlayGroupWe have had so much fun, we hope to combine forces and continue play groups for the West Michigan area past this summer! Make sure to join our Service Play Group Facebook Page to get all the updates as we make a difference together as a community! I’d love to partner with you, contact me with ideas ūüôā




Family Giving Opportunity


Stephanie Voetberg shared about her time serving at Orphanage Emmanuel last year. You can read about her experiences here.

This amazing young lady has found herself back at the orphanage this year loving the kids with all her heart. Her joy is contagious.

Orphanage Emmanuel is located in Guaimaca, Honduras.


Every 2-4 weeks a container is shipped from the states to Orphanage Emmanuel. This is a wonderful project idea for a family to complete.


Ideas for your family giving package:

-Body Lotion

Lice Picks

-Hair Brushes

-Hair accessories 



-Kitchen Spoons/forks


-Blow Dryers


-CANDY  (to pass out to the children)



-Nail Clippers

-Nail Polish

-Nail Polish Remover

-Bed sheets



-Snacks for the girls and I that live in the volunteer house

-Brownie mix, Cookie mix, etc…I love to make cookies and brownies for my girls that I look after!!!


Packages can be sent to:

Orphanage Emmanuel

Stephanie Voetberg-Volunteer

4611 Hixson Pike

Hixson, TN 37343

Package days are a great encouragement to volunteers and the children at Orphanage Emmanuel.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse.

Visit the Operation Christmas Child website.

Many churches and organizations participate in Operation Christmas Child each year. National Collection Week is November 12- 19.


Did you know you can pack and send an Operation Christmas Child box anytime of the year?

This is a great option if the holiday season moves past too quickly or if funds are not available during the holidays. Anyone for a family service Christmas in July or a February Valentine?

There are drop off centers all over the nation. Search for a location¬†near you. Or you can mail your box to Samaritan’s Purse Headquarters the address is Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, 801 Bamboo Rd., Boone, NC 28607.


How else can you make Operation Christmas Child a Family Activity?

  • Read Operation Christmas Child Stories from the field together.
  • If you pay $7.00 online to cover the shipping cost, the shipping bar code will be connected to your email address. This allows you to ¬†track which country your shoe box will be delivered too. More information¬†here.
  • Read as a family about the complete journey of a shoe box.
  • ¬†Talk about how shoe box gifts travel by truck, boat, plane, bicycle, helicopter, donkey, dogsled, elephant and even oxen! [Samaritan’s Purse]
  • Read about how to pack a shoe box.
  • Follow my friend Diane Harvey’s Pinboard all about Operation Christmas Child. You will find a ton of great links for ideas of what to pack as well as awesome photographs.