Thursday, January 12, 2012

It All Started with a Mutual Desire

A group of people got together 9 months ago with a mutual desire. We may all have a little different way of explaining it but all in all it was the same desire. After our first get together our mission statement was born.

The mission of Wings of Hope is simple; to embrace people by joining hands and spreading our wings offering hope, love, healing and kindness to our community. We will do this by volunteering, reaching out, and creating neighborhood relationships.

One of our first projects did all those things listed in our mission statement. The Fountains of Hope, a large under taking, which is still ongoing. It is located just north of the Dairy Queen in Spicer. We raised enough money for the cleanup, started part of the landscape refurbishing and installed the two lit fountains all by the 4th of July last year. It took many volunteers to do the work up to this point. We are delighted to say that the students at New London-Spicer High School have partnered with us for the ongoing maintenance needed as a class project. This spring we will be installing the engraved rocks, bench areas and much, much more. To purchase a rock engraved with your name or the name of a loved one, send an email to us at

Last summer we participated in two walks. The Mental Health Walk in May and the Out of The Darkness walk last September. We will be doing much more of this next year and maybe even hold one of our own.

We’ve also been involved with other organizations. We were invited by The Link, Youth for Christ and the New London Music Festival to help with their efforts by volunteering our time. We are looking forward to continued involvement with them. As well we’ve started a partnership with the YMCA in Willmar recruiting mentors for the Lend a Hand program, a partnership with a group in New London-Spicer Schools that has a program started to recruit adults to be involved with the students at recess and a number of other partnerships in the making.

Our work in spreading hope, love, healing and kindness has taken shape up to this point by way of our blog, facebook page and Ellie’s weekly column in The Lake Areas Review. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend getting signed up to receive the Friday text which is both inspiring and motivational. To get started just text the word ‘wings’ to 320-905-4345.

There's a new Wings of Hope website in the making and soon we will be part of Area Voices. This is a network of blogs featured on forum communications company newspaper and broadcast websites. This is very exciting for us to say the least.

So much has taken place and is still taking form for Wings of Hope. Just this month alone we have lots going on. Ellie will be presenting at the New London-Spicer High School. She’s been giving presentations to different organizations and this one she will be talking with the students about stress management, suicide prevention and sharing her personal story.

Also this month we will be serving hot chocolate for the Spicer Commercial Club during Winter Fest on January 21st and we have a team started for the Polar Plunge. Please check out the schedule of all the fun things the Spicer Commercial Club has put together this year by visiting We would love to have you join the Wings of Hope team in taking the plunge. If you are a brave bird please email us. Kids can join too!

Our BIG EVENT as we’ve named it is coming up fast! We are planning a night of fun at the Green Lake Bible Camp with entertainment by the one and only Jeff James. Mark your calendars for March 31st! There’s more info to come. This is a night you won’t want to miss.

Wow! I have so much more I could up date you with but my blog IS getting long. Please consider join us in one way or another. We are always going to need more volunteers for these programs and partnerships. Maybe you are interested in blogging. We are hoping to add a few more point of views. We are all so very different and it takes the differences coming together to span all the needs of our community. Again drop us an email at to find out more!

Our Prayer for this week: Lord, the fact that I think we are following your will does not mean that we actually are doing so. But I believe that the desire to please You, does in fact please You. I know that if we do this, You will lead us by the right road, though we may know nothing about it. Thank you Gracious God for guiding us even when we don’t see it. Thank you that You change our worries to grace and peace. Teach us to recognize your will and readily to respond to it. Root us deeply in You. We pray this in Jesus’ name. ~Amen.


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