Saturday, December 20, 2008

Alphabets, Blankets, Gilberts and Joy


After being challenged to make this a season of giving a few weeks ago, some interesting magazines arrived in the mail. Magazines with opportunities to give: Advancing Native Missions (ANM), Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) and World Vision. Looking through them we were able to find gifts that give encouragment and Hope. Click here to see some of the interesting opportunities we found through ANM like goats and rice and here for opportunites through VOM like action packs and blankets to persecuted Sudanese Christians.

To finish out our week Jason tackled a motorcycle project of re-wiring brake lights while I baked and organized an Alphabet party to wrap up a semester-long alphabet study!

Friday was early to bed for the long anticipated event that was happening Saturday at 10:56 am. Travis, Amanda and Baby Norah Gilbert were arriving back after two years of living and working overseas. Norah, only 20 days old, made the trip to see family for the first time!

It was a reunion that gave a beautiful picture to the word joy and started off our Christmas week reflecting on the joy of babies. Today, Sunday, with these realities of babies and joy lingering in our heads we are reminded of the baby who has brought us deep, lasting joy: God's free gift for all people, Jesus.

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