VOB News December 2008

“Peace on earth, goodwill to men”  Luke 2:14

We pray this newsletter finds you with peace in your heart and goodwill on your mind!

Jesus came to give us peace and abundant life, and it’s easy to lose sight of that when the stresses of the holiday season come up.   But, as we reflect on the love and commitment the Lord shows us through His birth AND His death, it becomes much easier to say, as Mary said,  “be it done to me according to Your will”. . . . Luke 1:38

This Christmas season finds Voice of the Bride abundantly blessed with being able to give 85 winter caps, with candy canes hidden inside, to the poor in Mexico.  Those men, women, and children who come to the Tuesday night outreach, will,  once again this year, find a small, gift wrapped item in their hands, along with bread and other goodies!  We have had a wonderful VOB partner come up with the idea of a ‘cookie bake’!   She sent out an invitation asking others to come over to her house, bake many dozens of cookies, and put them into little gift baggies, to be distributed to the Tuesday night group.  We are so excited to have this participation of our VOB partners!!  (Thank you  LL and all those involved in the cookie bake).

Other VOB projects for Christmas, have included a small toy drive to garner used toys to be given to our friend Vicente, who then takes them to children’s home’s in Tijuana.   Clothes and hygiene items will also be given, as well as 130 individual pair of new socks (also gift wrapped), for the elderly home.  Remember when getting a pair of socks seemed so boring as a child?   Not so for these ‘antigua’s’…  Thank you to all those who have given toys, clothes and hygiene items!!

It is truly a joy to be a part of giving to those who are so needy this Christmas season.  And we are so thankful to those of you who contribute to our ability to do this.  You each share a part in these wondrous opportunities, and in being Jesus to those who may not know Him. So, whether it be through your church, or through a worthy organization like the Salvation Army, or some other group,  may you find joy this Christmas, in the knowledge that ‘it is better to give than to receive’. . . Acts 20:35

We would like to ask just a couple of prayer requests this Christmas:

-please pray for our safe travels during the holidays, as we fly to the East coast, and travel between Virginia and North Carolina.

-please make it a priority, if you would, to pray for Wayne and Greg as they go back and forth to Mexico.  You have probably heard of all the violence going on in Tijuana and other border towns on the Mexico/U.S. border.  Although we have not seen anything specific, and have been safe, we would really appreciate your prayer covering as we do this work.

Thank you, bless you and MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!     Love, Wayne & Carol

p.s. we still have that briefing on Human Trafficking coming up . . . next month for sure!

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