Our financial need for Mercy Ships is just over $3000 a month.
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Friday, April 14, 2017

7 Weeks Left!

Thank you! There were so many of you who volunteered to help us clean and move out of our house! There was no way we could take advantage of all the help! There are so many of you praying for us and encouraging us from all over! We closed on our house yesterday and we owe you a debt of gratitude!

You should see us now. Living in a small 2 bedroom short-term apartment! The great thing about that is it helps us transition down to where we need to be for the next place. Which is smaller still! LOL

7 weeks. That's all we have left here at home. Now that you have helped us get past the monumental task of selling the house, we continue on with...
  • Finishing work & school
  • Getting the required shots
  • Reading requirements for training
  • Passports [CHECK! - we received the last one!]
  • Sharing to raise awareness
  • Fundraising!
We are about 30% away from reaching our monthly goal.
Would you consider a recurring monthly gift? This helps us maintain our budget and brings long-term stability. -- If you're more comfortable with one-time gifts this would be a great time! It will pay for our Mercy Ships training fees and airline tickets. If you haven't yet, will you partner with us today?  Your gift is tax deductible!

Thank you for your continued prayer support! We can tell it makes a big difference! Our boys have been so good during this transition of showing, selling, and cleaning the house out. We took them out for a special treat. We have a local restaurant that has all the old-school video and pinball games in it. THEY LOVED IT! Tytus and I (Tyrone) played a lot of Super Mutant Ninja Turtles and X-MEN (Super Hero) fighting games! Ezra, being 4, "played" a lot of games that we didn't even put tokens in! LOL And Stephanie played some Ms. Pacman.


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Our House is Under Contract! - Prayers Answered

Wow! Has it been a month since I last wrote? Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers as we have felt the impact!

In our last newsletter we talked about selling our house. IT'S UNDER CONTRACT! Over 29 days we had 35 visits. Pray for a good inspection and we should wrap this up in 45 days. (Around April 15th) -- Do you know how hard it is to keep a house "show" ready for a month with two small boys?! Someone out there was praying for us! (LOL)

Now that we have a buyer for the house our current priorities are:
  • Where are we living ??? for the remaining time...
  • Passports, new for kids, renewals for us.
  • Shots
The #1 priority is finding individuals like yourself to be financial partners. We signed up for Mercy Ships because we trust that God wants us there. The same way God nudged us towards Mercy Ships, he will nudge some of you to give. We are confident that God will bless you through giving. Would you consider a monthly gift? This helps us assess our budget needs and brings long-term stability. -- BUT whether you give once or monthly, we appreciate your generosity! If you haven't yet, will you partner with us today?
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Awhile back I asked some friends advice about buying a laptop. We donated our laptops to a local school a few years ago. And the home computer we have is a second-hand from my parents. But for returning to Mercy Ships a laptop is almost a "must have" for keeping up with friends, family, and newsletters! -- To make a long story short they bought us two laptops and said "Go pick them up, they're ready at your local Best Buy!", WHAT?! Thank you!

Life has not been without its struggles! Tytus (6) had walking pneumonia. With his asthma it's complicated. But after 8 days and 3 doctor visits they got it under control and he is doing very well! He is back at school and just in time to share his 7th Birthday with his classmates! This video is just a small sample of the love and laughter he brings to us! We think you'll enjoy it as well!
Got Dance Moves?
Cameo appearance by his brother Ezra!
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

International Health Insurance: A Big Part of Our Budget!

A big part of raising money for our family to serve in Africa is the insurance. Being U.S. citizens we are still required to have health insurance. Our policy should include international health insurance and emergency evacuation. The Omega Plan (for families) by Talent Trust Consultants covers this and is U.S. approved. The cost on average is $750* a month for a family of four. Can you help me "brainstorm" and "think outside the box"? Has anyone had Blue Cross, Cigna, or another company be willing to sponsor them

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Mystery Nurse Revealed!

We made the news!


About a week ago my wife (who is a registered nurse) drove up to a bad accident. I can't tell the story as good as WHNT News Channel 19 so I won't try.--There is a video at the beginning of the article and one at the end. All I can say is I am very proud of my wife! (and she has better camera presence than me) -- Mystery Nurse Steps Forward After Saving Strangers Life

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Getting Started Q&A #2

If you missed "Getting Started Q&A" read it first, and then come back for #2.

Do you have a budget and/or goal?
YES! If you signed up for our newsletter (use Subscribe button) you received a link to our budget. If not, you may request one through email.  * Tyrone [@)] BartonsOnBoard [dot] com *
If your family starts Mercy Ships in June, why do you need to raise support now? 
There are several reasons BUT first let me explain our process.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Homies Christmas Programs

Tytus recently had a Christmas program at school and he loves dressing up and looking handsome!

Ezra? Well, maybe not so much. He was more about trying to catch a nap. Which is odd because he can't seem to take one at the appropriate time. Hahaha! In a picture below you seem him trying to "cuddle up" to one of the teachers aids. He yawned more than 7 times and at one point when the lady bent over to help another student Ezra leaned over and laid on her back! Zzzzzz...


In this video below you will see Tytus singing with gusto and

Monday, December 5, 2016

Moving Forward!

A quick update! We have a green light from Mercy Ships and everything is moving forward!

These past two weeks:
  • We have been able to get our donations page set-up online. If you click the yellow DONATE button here on the website it will take you to a Mercy Ships page for our family where you can securely give online!
  • Last Saturday we participated in an Advent Market. We had a booth to sell t-shirts and share information about our mission with Mercy Ships.
  • A local photographer helped us with getting a family picture done to make Mission Cards.
This week Christmas programs, banquets, work, and school have us pretty busy! As I am SURE you are too!


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