He came unto his own, and His own received him not (John 1:11). From the moment He was born, He was unwanted. Jesus was in a stable amongst the sacrificial animals. When hope came in the form of the wise men, with it also came the threat of death. While only a baby, his mother and father ran with Him to save His life. I really think this is why the orphan has such a place in the heart of God.
THIS YEAR HAS BEEN A YEAR OF MIRACLES
We have visited the desperately sick, hanging to life by a thread. We have washed the feet of the widow and brought her food, warmth, and hope. We have fed the homeless with compassion and grace. Our deaf home, along with the others, has been refurnished completely. So many lives have been reached by the caring touch of The Orphan’s Hands.
In summer camps, we played and laughed and prayed with orphans, showing them that orphans who have found Jesus can laugh and play… that there is Hope that comes in knowing the Baby in the manger. So as snowflakes fall and Christmas lights glow, and the sounds of “Silent Night” and “Away in the Manger” fill our hearts with a sense of divine belonging, remember… please remember… that in cold rooms and in damps beds, there are still many who do not know the true Joy of Christmas. But that Baby in a manger came for them as well. He came from Heaven to Earth, so we must go the rest of the way to tell them.
We want to thank you for all that you helped us do this past year. The Orphan’s Hands has stretched as far as your giving allowed. This Christmas, in six different homes, laughter and life, Christmas and Hope will take wondrous place in a once-orphaned heart.
Yet, as they rejoice, our heart aches and yearns to reach the trafficked girl who shivers in the Ukrainian night. Do you remember I shared about the desperate situation in Odessa, Ukraine? When a girl is trafficked in Moldova, most times she is transported to Odessa by bus, and then from there to the rest of the world! Chrissie and I learned of this from an immigration officer in the Atlanta airport. When he asked where we had been, he was shocked. “Moldova?” He told us, “I’ve just been transferred up from the Caribbean, we opened a container that had come from Odessa… inside were 38 Moldovan girls!” You heard correctly: 38 girls trafficked from Moldova to Odessa, then all the way across the Atlantic Ocean in a container
WE MUST OPEN A HOME TO RESCUE THESE GIRLS IMMEDIATELY!
Can I ask you to pray about something? Last year at this time, 200 caring people gave $200 to make our deaf home a reality. It was a Christmas miracle. That giving secured the down payment and today, one year later, it is totally paid off. If 200 will give $200 this Christmas, I promise you this: We will have a home in Odessa, Ukraine for these precious young ladies.
May the spirit of Jesus, who left His home to make a home for us, live large inside your heart this Christmas.