Operation Christmas Love 2014



'For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me water, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' Matthew 25:35-36

It's that time of year again.  Mission Without Borders will be delivering 30,000 care packages to needy families in Eastern Europe just in time for Christmas! 

"It's hard to feed a family of five on a budget of $14 per month"

 
When I visited Moldova in 2010, I was surprised to find that food prices at the grocery store were comparable to prices in the States!  Granted this was in the capital of Chisinau, but I had a serious case of sticker shock when I was perusing the local supermarket!
 
Operation Christmas Love parcels are filled with quality food- tinned meat, pasta, flour, oil and hygiene items that a family will need.  For a typical family (like the Bulgaru's in the video above) this provides about a months worth of food and hygiene products!  It's a great way to show Christ's
love (Christian literature is included and all OCL packages are hand delivered by Christian volunteers) and give a family some "breathing space" from the cold and bitter sting of poverty.
 

Ways to help:

 
Call Mission Without Borders and make a donation!  $30 will send one care package to a needy family.  The US office number is 800-245-9191 or you can mail a donation to Mission Without Borders PO Box 6088 Camarillo CA 93011. You can give online here. Maybe your church or small group could go in together and send 3-4 boxes!
 
Help a family every month.  Family sponsors are needed in Ukraine.  Many needy Ukrainian families have weathered the recent tensions and war and need someone to come alongside them as they struggle to overcome poverty and deprivation.  You can learn more about full or partial sponsorship HERE.
 
Do you shop on Amazon?  Did you know that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases?  Simply go to www.smile.amazon.com, sign in (using your existing Amazon account), and choose Mission Without Borders, Inc as your charity.  Amazon will donate .5% of all eligible purchases to Mission Without Borders!  It's that simple!

Alternative Gifts!  Give a gift in honor of someone you love this Christmas.  Rebel against consumerism this holiday and focus on the real reason for the season.  You can choose from a MotherCare parcel (for new mothers), school supplies for a year, seeds and garden tools, or even a pig!  The Shop is located HERE.  Just pick something in your price range and do something different this holiday.

 

School Supplies for Moldovan children


Starting school from MWBI on Vimeo.


One of the blessings of child sponsorship is being able to assist with school supplies. One of the core values of Mission Without Borders is building self sufficiency.

"We want to make a sustainable difference to the lives of those we help. We encourage self-help, provide training, help people to make changes because this is more sustainable and reduces dependency."  Mission Without Borders US 



This includes education.  In many eastern European countries, students have to pay fees and purchase their own supplies for school.  But what do you do when you don't have the money to pay those fees or buy needed supplies?  Many times, this leads to high drop out rates and missed school.  Education is one key in stopping the cycle of poverty and creating a sustainable future.

Did you know?


There are many families waiting to be sponsored in Eastern Europe.  A partial sponsorship of $25 or a full sponsorship of $100 a month will bring Christ's love, hope, and a path toward self sufficiency for families in Eastern Europe.  

The B family in Ukraine have 4 children ages 2-8.  They are strong believers and attend church weekly.  Unfortunately, their house recently burned to the ground.  They are now living in a one room home with dirt floors and an outdoor toilet.  Both parents are unemployed and the father is often away seeking work.

The N family was abandoned by the father in 2010.  The wife now raises her three children on her own in a small house owned by her brother.  She is working as a temporary laborer on a farm but that just barely pays the rent each month.  They are not believers.

 from the Mission Without Borders US newsletter


Maybe you could be the one to come alongside a struggling family during this difficult season of their life.  I can testify that there is no greater feeling than to have a family "graduate" from the program (on the path to self sufficiency).  You can obtain more information at the Mission Without Borders website or call 800-245-9191 (US office)

Christmas Music: How early is TOO early?









Well, much to my shock, the Christmas clock has been pushed back this year AGAIN. Not that I mind that much. Tuning into my local easy listening station after work, I heard Christmas music! At first I thought it was a tribute to the snow that we may see this weekend. Nope. They've turned into an all Christmas station- and it's not even Halloween yet!

As I said, I don't mind that much, which is why I've provided the above widget..should you choose to indulge in some early Christmas cheer. Speaking of Christmas cheer, how are you planning on helping others this Christmas? I'm looking for some creative ideas here. I'm sending Christmas gifts to my sponsored family and child in Moldova (already done). Please do something this year. I encourage you to stretch just a bit..give just a bit more..get out of your comfort zone and do something that will make a difference. You won't regret it- I promise!

How early is TOO early for Christmas music?  Any creative ideas for blessing others this holiday season?  Let me know in the comments!

School, shoes, and shipping!

I remember the winter of 1992.   The team from the Last Days Ministries DTS (Discipleship Training School) were on mission in Romania- my first overseas trip.  The mountains of Transylvania are cool even in summer but in winter..well cold is a constant.  Add to this that the "dorm" was, well, inadequately heated.  Cold inside, cold outside. I'm not complaining.  In the early years after the revolution everything was hard on everybody.  But my feet were warm (thankfully) because my parents had purchased a pair of insulated snow boots for me.  And boy did it snow- every day!  But that little investment made a world of difference.
Chisinau in winter


Going back farther into time.. the 1980's.  We had to ride the bus to school every day.  As happens, during the winter some days were rainy, cold, snowy- or a combination of all three!  But the bus driver allowed us to get on the bus early instead of standing and waiting.  He parked in an elementary school parking lot near our bus stop while waiting for his time to depart.  

Sometimes it's the little things that make all the difference.  A gift..an act of kindness that brings warmth.


Poor children and orphans in Eastern Europe need warm shoes to be able to attend school this fall.  I know how the temperature can drop in Romania during the winter and snow fall all night.  many poor children have one pair of shoes, if even that.  I recently read a story of a young girl in Moldova who has to share her one good pair of shoes with her mother.  It is especially difficult for this family in the winter.



GIFT IN KIND

A shoe manufacturer has donated a 40 foot shipping container full of new shoes to Mission Without Borders.  That's over 26,000 pairs of new shoes!  This is enough for over 100 average size orphanages.  This is where you and I can help.   They need to raise just over $7,900 to ship this container to Eastern Europe.  $30 will send 100 shoes.  I know someone has the ability to donate the full amount needed but until then every donation helps!  Every dollar will help send over $99 worth of new shoes to those who need them most.

In the US you can call 800-245-9191 or donate online at www.mwb.org.  Thanks!  
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