Jesus, the Water of Life
I just returned from Panama where all who traveled were given the opportunity to serve others. It was not always easy. Each person had to get out of their comfort zone and do things they never expected would be required of them however all joined hands for this good work. There was painting to do, with a lot of scraping and scrubbing to clean off the old paint. Then there was a cement floor for a family of 5 which tested everyone's durability. Mixing concrete on the ground, who ever thought of that? Everyone joined in and laughed and had a great time serving others.
We walked across a swinging bridge that did not stand still and then walked up a very steep hill to deliver groceries to a family with 8 children with little more than a shed to protect them from the elements.
Yes all of this challenged all of the group but not as much as giving people a water filter where they could have sweet clean water and more importantly introduced to God's word where they could come to an understanding of God's will for their lives.
OCJ 2015 Report
Operation Christmas Joy 2015 surpassed all of our expectations in that there were around 6500 Christmas gifts, Christmas bags, hygiene bags for mothers, backpacks, and diaper bags. Along with this there were hundreds and hundreds of stuffed animals along with hundreds of new sets of clothes for both boys and girls. Yes it was an exciting time for those of us who traveled and watched the smiles and listen to the sounds of the joy. The stuffed animals are such a big hit that everyone including mothers and grandmothers wanted one. They look at us and say,” peluche” peluche meaning stuffed animal. Getting towards the end we began saying, no more. It is such great fun words cannot describe this program. I wish that everyone who makes Christmas gifts could witness what we do and so with a few words will try to tell you.
Arriving on 7 December making the six hour trip to the Darien province where we meet with our brethren to began the enormous task of separating all these gifts for the different locations. We traveled by boat to an Embera Indian community where we gave out backpacks and all the extra children who were there received a gift along with new clothes. This was the scene everywhere we went as we distributed the backpacks made for the schools.