Monday, August 18, 2008

Time to start thinking about Christmas!!!!!

I know it seems early to be talking about Christmas, but in fact, we are behind schedule this year! Because of the time it takes to get shipments to us here in Honduras, we have to start collecting Christmas gifts in the summer. Last year, even with an early start, many of the donated gifts didn't arrive here until a few days after Christmas.

Here is an explanation of the Christmas gift project, taken from our website:

This will be our fourth year to distribute Christmas gifts in and around the city of Gracias, in the department of Lempira. This department is officially recognized by the Honduran government as the poorest area of Honduras. The recipients of the Christmas gifts will again be the pastors of the area churches, and their families, and also children in our nutrition centers, special needs program, and in the local hospital.

We hope that this will be an opportunity for you, as part of the Church, to reach out to your brothers and sisters in Christ. We are anticipating distributing around 2000 children’s boxes this year, and about 250 family boxes. This past year has been especially hard economically, around the world, and the poor here in Lempira didn’t have any non-essential items in their budgets before. They are in great need, and essential person and household items, and school supplies will be a major blessing and encouragement to them.

For the rest of the information on how you can take part in the "Gifts for Gracias" Project, just visit our website. It takes a lot of participants to gather 2000 gifts!

1 comment:

Beth said...

Hello Sowers!
Please keep Janet Palmer in your prayers as her mother passed away last week after a long battle with cancer. Janet was our team leader on the 2007 summer team to Gracias.
Also we are already collecting for the Gifts for Gracias campaign!!