As we celebrate the Hope and promise that comes with Christmas and a New Year, I want to thank you for praying, giving and caring for the children, staff and ministry of the Passion Center for Children this past year. Through your support we have seen hope take root in the hearts of hundreds of orphaned children as well as dozens of rural villages. Though there are real challenges and obstacles, the work is worth it when we see vulnerable orphans start to feel safe and protected; when smiles find their way to faces that have mostly known grief and disappointment; and when impoverished communities respond to efforts that bring health, education and Christ-centered Biblical training.
This year’s Passion Center Christmas celebration reminded us that God continues to rescue, redeem and restore. There were many new faces, lots of stories of grace, and sweet evidence of growth at this year’s celebration. The Passion Kids are feeling they belong to a larger “Family.” This year we also heard a greater number of pleas to take in more children, to extend our ministry to other regions and to start including babies and infants. As health and economic conditions worsen we know those requests will increase. Please pray for wisdom, mercy and courage that we would respond as God would have us to.
Sadly, the damage that recent heavy rains caused to the homes of some of our Child Headed Households are sober reminders that orphans face these and other disasters alone without help. As we see needs and doors opening wider, we are confident God will direct resources to sustain as well as expand our ability to communicate and demonstrate God’s love and grace to the most vulnerable, forgotten and needy.
Please pray about partnering with us. If you are able to make an end of the year gift, please take a moment to send in a gift today.
This year we painfully said goodbye to family members, close friends and beloved staff, but we continue to ask God to strengthen and increase those who labor and partner with us. We look forward to a New Year, we have learned that where there is sorrow and desperate need, God is able to sow joy, healing and hope. What a privilege it is to share this hope and promise which comes only in knowing this God who came to us in Jesus and who promises to go on ahead of us.