Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Joy Orphan Gifts

Prov. 11:24-25 The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.

A BIG "Thank You" to all of you who helped provide gift bags to share with Liberian Orphans! We were overwhelmed with the support. Nancy Molenhouse was asked by Christine Norman of REAP to provide 100-200 gift bags for some of the orphanages that she oversees. Nancy wasn't sure if she could get that many, and put the word out. Neighbors and friends from church kept dropping things off, sometimes just leaving them on our porch, so I'm not even sure who all helped, but thanks so much!

Then I got word that Joelle's 9th grade class at Christian Heritage Academy in Northfield, IL, wanted to undertake putting together all 200 bags! What an incredible out-pouring of generosity and love. Check them out at

Nancy will be able to take all of the bags, and extend the project to benefit additional orphanages.  I found a YouTube video about one of the orphanages, Phebe Grey, done by another mission organization.  It will take you there, and you can visualize the children receiving their gifts.

In addition to the bags, we asked for reading glasses for the many Liberians who can no longer read regular sized print.  We received about 50 pair, the majority coming from Diane Raup and Anita Baker.

We are so honored to have generous, caring friends like you.  You are indeed the hand of Christ to these precious Liberians.  Nancy and team leave Dec. 31, 2009 for Liberia.  Please be praying for them, that the travel will be uncomplicated, that weight allowance issues be resolved, that their ministry will be fruitful, and that they will be a blessing.  The team will also be assisting in well and generator repairs, a roofing project, etc.  Perhaps someday, YOU could join a team and go as well! 

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