Sunday, December 14, 2008

Surprised by Joy!

Two Missouri churches provided joyous Christmas blessings for our refugee friends. Under the leadership of pastor Mark Kiekhaefer, Grace Evangelical Free Church of Jefferson City informed their small groups about our needs. Pastor Bob Aubuchon of First Baptist Church Camdenton put out the word to the Women on Missions group led by Dori Swenson. And did these groups step up to the plate!

C.S. Lewis wrote a book called Surprised by Joy. That's how we felt as we opened envelopes from the two churches and then set off to shop for our refugee families from Somalia, Sudan (Darfur), Burundi, and Bhutan.

Thanks to these loving churches, 6 refugee women, 5 men, and 25 children will not only receive gifts from Christians, but they will hear the reason we celebrate -- the gift of Jesus Christ our sacrifice and our savior.

Mungu asifiwe! Praise God!