Friday, December 18, 2015

Hats pouring in and out

Burrrrrrr..... It has turn cold in San Vicente! Dipping down into the low 30's this past week. So, it's time to get those hats out that have been a steady stream of boxes arriving for the past month. Armed with a cart overflowing with hats of all colors, we meandered down the rocky paths of the newest section of San Vicente. Most of the homes are in the process of being constructed. Some from upcycled wooden garage doors others from cement block. Holes cut out are covered by sheets or blankets waiting for enough funds for windows and doors. The priority is to get walls up and a roof on. Those with financial resources progress more quickly on their houses. You can image it gets pretty brisk even inside when night falls and there's a breeze. Oh, by the way, there isn't any electricity yet.
Over 100 hats were gifted as we walked from home to home into the dark of the night lighting the way with flashlights. All were excited to receive their hand-made hat. Only one family declined. And that was because when they stepped out of their house, all heads were covered by hats that we had given out a few days earlier at one of the churches in town. It was sweet to see them all bundled up and so grateful for their hats. They just keep saying, "Gracias, Gracias, Gracias.
Besides, distributing all the hats, we invited receivers to the upcoming Christmas service where they will have the opportunity to hear of our Savior coming to earth. Jesus, He's the real GIFT.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Giving Tuesday... finally, a selfless idea to get excited about!

Giving Tuesday is a new global day for giving back. Let's kick off the season!!!

#bajmission   @LoriChrisBajmission

Giving Tuesday... I don't know who launched it, but when I meet them, I WILL give them a chocolate bar! Finally, a SELF-LESS idea in the annual 'holiday' season of that seems to grows more SELF-FOCUSED every year. 

Forget 'Black Friday' (yuck!) and 'Cyber Monday' (ewww!) and GIVE on Giving Tuesday!

Brothers and sisters, how do we move all this gimme-gimme holiday nonsense and RE-FOCUS into Christ-mass...?? We give!! Just like the Father... "God so loved... that He gave..."

What is God's answer for seasonal depression, feeling down-cast and 'the blues'? Two moves: look to Him and reach out to others!

Our 24 1/2 yrs of mission work with the poor has been all about becoming 'a channel' to GIVE in ways that make for a long-term good...
Join up with us and help some women to move their families from poverty to self-sustaining wellness... it's only a couple of Latte's worth of $$ from you that could make a LIFETIME of difference for a family!!!

Arise! It's Giving Tuesday!!

your bro, Chris