Christmas in October
On October 29, a Christmas in October offering will be received to distribute cash gifts to our missionaries who are serving throughout the world. This is a personal Christmas gift to acknowledge and celebrate the work that they do. Let’s take a glimpse at how these gifts have been used.
GARY AND JANN ALLEN, retired from Mexico
As missionaries we desired to fit into our mission culture, yet a touch of home was so important. For Jann that touch came through her books in English, which we carried with us. Early in our time in Mexico we used the church’s Christmas gift to buy two bookcases, which we used all of our years in Mexico City. When we retired, the books went to several people who like to practice their English. The bookcases later went to a family who lived in a very difficult situation. We were glad that that long-ago gift continued to serve others.
AL AND DIANE MELLINGER, Bulgaria
Last year we used the gift to help us celebrate Christmas with our sons in Tennessee. We only get back for Christmas once every four years, so the gift gave us money to make some memories with them. It was the first time we got to meet the gal that became our new daughter-in-law!
DEB AND ROGER VARLAND, Kenya
Our family used the gift toward a vacation at the Indian Ocean.
HOPE AND DAN OWSLEY, Brazil
The Spring Arbor Church gift basically funds our Christmas every single year. Our missionary budget takes care of all of our needs (we never feel deprived!), but we don’t often have money left over at the end of the month for luxury items. Your gift allows us to buy and mail gifts to our stateside kids. And it usually allows Dan and me to have a weekend getaway after a fulfilling (yet stressful) year so that we can go into the new year of ministry with our batteries recharged.
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Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church is a Biblical community, in which people from all walks of life join together to worship our amazing God, grow in knowledge and relationship with Jesus Christ, connect with one another to find acceptance and friendship in the Body of believers, and then scatter to serve the world and our community in order to build God’s Kingdom here on earth.…