Christmas In October: Loving Well
Noel and Kelley Lazo, Papau New Guinea
Your generous gift literally kept us up and running! It’s hard to obtain quality footwear here; which can be problematic because of all the walking and hiking that’s part of daily life.
Kelley’s hiking sandals that she used on a daily basis unexpectedly got a BIG crack in the bottom. Since these were the best suited for hiking to remote language groups, it was quite important that we try to replace them. Thanks to your generous gift we were able to order her a new pair of shoes and have them sent to Kelley’s parents who brought them when they came to visit. Functioning shoes are a big thing and we are very grateful!
Becca Mason, Egypt
Through your support, I was able to help run our Call to Zion Tour this summer, a tour and service trip for 18-30 year olds from around the globe. The tour members serve struggling communities in Israel and show them Christian love. As a leader, I was able to lead morning devotions and give longer devotion at Ein Gedi, where David hid from Saul as recorded in 1 Samuel 24.
Participating in this tour was beyond my normal volunteer position with Bridges for Peace, but with this gift I was able to help lead young adults and serve alongside them throughout the 11-day tour. My heart loves sharing the importance of Israel and the Jewish people to other Christians. My other love is serving the Jewish people and helping them realize all Christians are not bad people.
Delia Nüesch-Olver, Area Director for Latin America
Oh yes! I have stories about Christmas in October. Every year we have been surprised, touched, and blessed again by your generosity, and every year there was an unexpected financial need that your gift met — blessing the socks off us with the timing and generosity of it all. For instance, last year in a 4-month period our refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, and washer/dryer all gave up the ghost unexpectedly and dramatically. Really, a washer could just die, right? But ours also flooded the apartment and affected our neighbor downstairs (whom we have come to know pretty well, as you can imagine!)
So, thank you friend. The financial gifts you send at Christmas and throughout the year are indispensable to keep this ministry in Latin America going. But what touches me the most is the love and prayer support we sense from Spring Arbor Church — a church that knows us little yet has loved us well. May your kind be multiplied.
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