Just a quick update, and hopefully will get more info to all soon.
We are beginning to gear up for some events and new ministry.
Hopefully you all remember the Christmas Eve outreach dinner we hosted last year in Zone 3 by the dump. (If not, there is a blog post from January I think you could look back at)
This year, we are hoping for BIGGER and better! We have made a lot more friends in those neighborhoods and have been building credibility there throughout the year. We are expecting quite a few more than the 140 people we had last year.
This is such a great opportunity to share the hope of Jesus in a very, very dark neighborhood.
Our youth group singing Silent Night at last years dinner
We will again have a traditional tamale dinner, an evangelistic message for the adults, and a program for the children, to teach them the true Christmas story!
We will also have a present for everyone that attends, child or adult. Depending on the budget we have to work with, I am hoping to perhaps be able to give a Bible to each adult.
Our youth group after the dinner last year!
This is also such a great experience for all of our youth that we involve in the service. They are very excited about being a part of the preparations leading up to the event, and also doing the serving at the dinner. This year I am asking our youth to actually write and direct the program for the kids (with our help).
Please pray about perhaps donating to help this event. We have had a separate account approved through CAM for these outreach events, we are hoping to perhaps host 2 or 3 per year in these neighborhoods! We are praying the Lord would provide around $2,000 for this years Christmas Eve event.
If you feel led to help, please send your gift to CAM International, 8625 La Prada Dr., Dallas, TX 75228
Mark all gifts as: Casita Outreach Events and put the account # 062877
You will receive a tax deductible receipt from CAM and the funds will only be used for outreach events we hold in those neighborhoods in Zone 3.
We have another exciting announcement as well!
You will be receiving (most of you if you are on our mailing list) a letter soon to announce a new ministry God is leading us to start.
We are planning to open a "transition home" for girls, La Luz Brilla.
This will be a home for girls 18 or over that are coming out of orphanage or Children's Home settings and beginning to live on their own. For many reasons this is not an easy transition, so we will provide a setting where they will hopefully be able to find success for their lives.
We will provide spiritual guidance, training in basic life skills such as budgeting, paying bills, buying groceries etc.
Some possible future candidates for La Luz Brilla
This is a very difficult transition to make, these girls have a lifetime of hurts and issues to overcome. Our prayer is to help them break the chain of poverty so common here and go on to a successful, stable family life.
This is a home of girls between 15 and 19, where do they go from here?
This is a new adventure for us, but God is leading and we are very excited! Look for the letter soon with more information. We are hoping to begin early in 2010.
We have a separate ministry account also for La Luz Brilla, so if you feel led to be a part of this exciting new ministry, you can send gifts to:
CAM International, 8625 La Prada Dr., Dallas, TX 75228
Mark all gifts for:
La Luz Brilla and include the account # 062879
You will receive a tax deductible receipt from CAM for all donations.