Missions Education Center
Where will you be this Christmas?
it may seem like Christmas is a long time from now, it is really
only a few weeks away. Will you be in a frenzy getting everything
ready for the perfect meal or finding the gift for someone they
just have to have? This is what picture you might typically think
of when you are pondering Christmas. We know that it is the celebration
of the birth of Jesus, but that somehow seems to be a second
or third thought. Fact is many people forget the true reason
for Christmas altogether. I know none of you would leave Jesus
out of your Christmas, but are you willing to follow His commands
to serve others during this time.
God’s word tells us we
should go and share His plan of salvation with the world. This
Christmas you have an
opportunity to not merely give a gift to someone in need, but to receive
a huge blessing by getting to
actually see where they live and be able to hand them a gift that not only
is filled with the fun things and
needed items, but the word of life, a Bible. Just like the story in Luke
10 of the Good Samaritan we are
called to help those in need. If we can reach people where they are hurting
and needy, we can reach
their hearts for the cause of Christ.
The Center is excited to announce a new
ministry opportunity to serve in the Rio Grande Valley called
Holy Presents. This is a shoe box ministry exactly like many
other groups do in other countries. Perhaps
your church already works with a shoe box ministry, but I challenge you to take
it to the next level. Your
church can participate by packing the boxes and sending them to The Center for
distribution, then take
it up a notch and bring your church to be a part of the distribution team. In
December we will be visiting
the Colonias of the Rio Grand Valley to give these gifts to the children who
might not have any other gifts
this Christmas. We realize that God commands us to always be givers, but our
focus on Christmas is a time
of giving and sacrifice on the part of every person who chooses to participate.
We want to make it a
church-wide, family event that will change the lives of everyone who is involved.
Most of you reading this
have never seen the living conditions that these kids are in and if you do then
and only then will you realize
how important this ministry is.
What is a Colonia?
Colonias are communities
that lack some of the most basic living necessities, such as
potable water and sewer systems, electricity, paved roads, drainage,
and safe and sanitary housing. People that live in colonias are people of low-income and are among the most
disadvantage population in the state of Texas. These people often
lack a political voice and resources to improve the substandard
living conditions they live in. Texas is home to more than 500,000
people who live in these poor conditions and more than 60% of these
people are under the age of 18.
The areas of the Rio Grande Valley
are some of the lowest income areas in the Nation. The per capita
income for the four county area is between $7,000.00 and $11,000.00
per year compaired to a Dallas
county per capita of $22,603.00.
to find out how to get started.
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