Thanksgiving is a great American Holiday! I love the idea of arriving at the end of the year and reflecting on all we are thankful for. This year we started a family tradition of reading out our “Jehovah Jireh List”. We have a list of things that God has provided for, and on Thanksgiving morning along with pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin smoothies we read and give thanks for the amazing ways we have been blessed this year. There are loads of things from; brand new $150 hiking boots from the thrift store for $7.99, to the over 20 folks that gave us the additional funding needed, making it possible to go to work in Africa for 3 and a half months. We have been so ridiculously blessed! And now; due this coming January, a baby girl. I once was called one of God’s favorites. Yeah, I believe it’s true.
As we approach the end of this year and think about giving I challenge you to reflect on what has been given to you this year. And how are you responding in gratitude for the lavish generosity from our great God? As you give this year end… give of yourself. Not just a little bit here and there but in a way that you feel yourself becoming a part of what you are giving to. We have some beautiful giving opportunities this end of year and we invite you to become a part of the blessing of God in the lives of others.
1. Support a yearlong volunteer. Why not invest in the growth and service of another as they serve the Lord in difficult places. And you get to follow along with them as they share their year through our blogs. Click here to find out more.
2. Join the team giving towards getting a much needed reliable vehicle in Africa. Make an impact in a practical way and give to a desperate need that makes all our ministry possible. Click here to find out more.
3. Share with your friends and family about AR and what God is doing through this small ministry with a big heart. Be an advocate. While you may not be able to give in a way that you would like to, perhaps you can connect others to this vision and therefore still play an important part.
Give thanks with us for the ministry done this year in people’s lives. We thank God for the volunteers who grew this year and gave so selflessly of themselves. For the orphans and widows loved in Swaziland, and for the many people impacted through the various relationships and acts of love through AR.
For those interested in supporting us; we are looking for additional monthly supporters to come alongside us as we enter into the New Year. Contact me if you want to know more.
May you be filled with increasing gratitude as you celebrate the coming of our Savior, Merry Christmas!
Allan, Annie, Judah and Baby Girl
p.s. check out some of our volunteers blogs to see and read about how God has been working through AR. Click Here
“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2Corinthians 5:20&21)