Erin Norman, age 11, shown in the picture from the Ramer church of Christ, opened her own tie-dye shirt "business" this summer. She decided early on to send part of her earnings to Panama Missions by purchasing a pair of flip flops for every Christmas box her congregation prepares. The picture obviously shows her compassionate smile for a number of children who will be blessed by the love in her heart and the work of her hands. She is the granddaughter of Knox and Pat Norman, long-time supporters of Panama Missions.
When I receive messages like this it always touches my heart. Children who are moved by the poverty of others are very special people. As a matter of fact anyone who has a compassion for others are following the example of Jesus thus very special. The word compassion simply means: a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. Any time I go around the country to speak about missions I always feel I need to discuss why Jesus was so successful in his mission work. Matthew Chapter 9 and chapter 15 we have Jesus feeding or either healing the multitudes. As he looked out over the crowds the Bible says, “He had compassion”. But look what he said next to his disciples. “I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.” I will not send them away hungry. You see the second part of that definition of compassion is a strong desire to alleviate suffering.
OCJ 2013 Report
Operation Christmas Joy 2013 Report
A message from Larry Brady to the leaders and participants...
Because of your generous efforts, the largest number ever of Christmas Joy gifts were distributed in Panama during December, 2013 - about 6,500! As we traveled across the eastern regions of Panama, particu-larly into the Darien Province, we had gatherings of up to 600 children. Parties were held in schools, church buildings, Indian villages, and at the Clinic of Hope. There were 400 children who received gifts at the Clinic of Hope, where inside the air conditioned facilities, I was able to wear my Santa outfit and hold many of the children on my lap.