It must be October, because 10 days ago (yes, that was still September) we saw Christmas decorations in some stores here! Complete with Christmas trees!
However, it was a great reminder for us that we have to get started on plans for Christmas activities here.
My youth have been asking me "when are we going to start preparing and practicing for Noche Buena?" and Loyda, the director at Casita Benjamin was asking if we will host our dinner again, because she has had many requests from families wondering if we would do it again this year!
OF COURSE! And, we are hoping for bigger and better than ever!
|Christmas Decorations are going up!|
Want to help?
We could use your help.
First, pray. There are many, many things to plan and do, and many, many people involved to coordinate.
Pray that we will be organized in our planning and scheduling. That we don't forget things, etc.
Pray for God to be preparing those that will attend, that their hearts will be open to the message of hope and salvation in Jesus Christ.
Pray for our youth and others that are the servants for this, the opportunity to serve has a huge impact in their lives.
Pray also about helping with the costs of the undertaking. Praise God, Wildwood Church in IL has already pledged over half of our budget! We could still use another $1,000 or a little more.
We are expecting more than the 200 people we had last year. Food prices are climbing here due to so much flooding that destroyed many crops. We have gifts to buy and our desire this year is to also provide a basket filled with basic goods to each family.
If you would like to help with a gift, you can give online here, or by mail to:
8625 La Prada Dr.
Dallas, TX 75228
IMPORTANT: Include on your check it is for #062877 Casita Outreach Events
All gifts are tax deductible and will only be used for this event.
|Emotion of youth servant team|
We also have some other things coming up.
Next week-end, we will take our two interns here for a week-end at Las Buenas Nuevas. The CAM retreat center on the shores of Lake Atitlán.
|Las Buenas Nuevas|
In November, my sister Robin and our niece Andrea will visit for a couple of weeks. Robin is helping to obtain some technology help for Casita Benjamin.
We are also working on plans for a 2 or 3 day retreat with our youth in early December. Maybe a camping trip....could be 20 - 40 youth!
So...even in our 'slow' season, lots to do and look forward to!