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Reserve a Star for Christmas

Reserve a Star for Christmas

Article submitted by Deborah Derren, Threads of Hope in Kenya The Maasai ladies from our school (and in some cases their daughters and grandmothers!) have been very busy making these hand-made stars! These have been a huge blessing for the women as it provides much needed funds for food and school fees. To reserve a […]

 

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Guatemalans Get Quality Medical Care

Guatemalans Get Quality Medical Care

Article submitted by Jason and Sonia Musgrave, Field Coordinators in Guatemala It is a real blessing for us to take part in this in serving people a few hours from where we live.  It was an interesting trip because honestly the place we went didn’t appear to be the most needy, but we found after […]

 

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Thinking of Christmas

Thinking of Christmas

Article submitted by Brenda Rose, Field Coordinator in Nicaragua Are you wondering what you can get members of your family for Christmas? Don’t have any ideas? Don’t want to just get something that will be broken in a few hours or never used. Well, let me help you find something that will help many and […]

 

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Helping the Gypsy People in Greece

Helping the Gypsy People in Greece

Article submitted by Missionary Ventures Great Britain My team and I have been working with gypsy children for more than 6 years. First we had a class with children once a week. This worked okay, but it was impossible to reach so many needs. Then we started doing classes twice a week which worked better. […]

 

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Family in India Transformed

Family in India Transformed

Article submitted by Malaki Dara, Country Director in India Venkateswarlu was an orthodox worshiper of several deities from his birth, a tradition from many generations. One day, Pastor Jayaraju came to his particular village sharing the message of the Gospel to the people. Venkateswarlu strongly opposed it and even tried to chase him out of […]

 

The Kiss from Heaven

Article submitted by Norberto and Julie Kurrle, Field Coordinators in Paraguay

Yesterday I spent a good part of the day weeping. One of our most loved supporters died on Christmas day and we just got the news.  She had been battling cancer for over ten years. She came to visit us for the first time in 2007 on a CMA trip and we became instant friends after that.

She would write us on a weekly basis with an encouraging word.  She would send us 3-4 care packs a year, she would mail cards on our birthdays.  She would pray for us consistently.  She arranged for us to have a vehicle while we were on our last furlough and drove it from Perry, GA to Orlando, FL to deliver it to us.  Seriously, who does that?  There are very few people like Anita in our lives.  Although we rejoice that she is no longer suffering, we mourn this great loss and wonder, “Who will fill the void that she left?”  She not only was our cheerleader, she sent packages overseas to our soldiers (she served in the U.S. Air Force for 24 years) and she was very active in her church and her local CMA chapter.

Just today I picked up the package she had sent us in November.  It was the only package we received the whole year.  I couldn’t help but tell the customs clerk about the loving sender of the package.  When she got really ill, she couldn’t send packages any more.  I told the clerk she probably wouldn’t see me again, because Anita was the only person who ever sent us anything.  The clerk responded, “It seems like she sent this last package as a kiss from heaven.”  Yes, it felt like that.

When the customs agent opened the package, the tears started to flow again.  She sent a little something for everyone, even Esther Anahi’s first ornament, a motorcycle toy for Timmy, cashews for Norberto and a devotional book for me.  It was a treasure, not because of the contents, but because it was in a sense, sent from heaven with so much love.

When I was telling my mom through tears about this great loss of a servant, she said, “Pray that God would raise up more people like Anita to be a part of your team.  It might take five people to do what she did, but God will provide.”  We are praying that very prayer.

She wanted to come on this year’s CMA trip and had even signed up, but had to back out because of her health.  We were hoping to see her on furlough this coming summer, but we’ll look forward to laughing with her in heaven.  We thank God for Anita’s full life, love, giving heart and her tremendous legacy.

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