Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas in Africa

I love projects like this at Christmas time, because it is like killing two birds with one stone. One person gets a Christmas CD or ornament, and another gets an adoptive family, food, clean water, mentorship, or the gospel message.

We have been privileged to know the Koen family for the past three years. We are very excited for them as they obey the calling God has placed on their hearts. They will soon be returning to their home country, South Africa, to launch a wonderful ministry....bringing hope to the hopeless by connecting those who have with those who do not...for His namesake.

After volunteering for the Boys and Girls Club of America, they will be launching a similar project, a first for Africa. There will be youth centers, mentorship programs, investment fund programs to help individuals start businesses, AIDS education, and opportunities to share Jesus with every person who comes through their doors.

The ministry area that I am particularly excited about is called Hope House. Homes are donated to AIDS orphans, and house parents and orphans live together in homes as forever families where adoption is not possible.

As they are spreading the word about this ministry, they are selling Christmas CDs to raise funds for this project. What makes these CDs special is that the Christmas songs are sung by the orphans themselves.

Please take a look at their short video clip, their website, and for that person that is always so hard to buy for....Please consider an orphan music CD! We bought several, because we believe in this project so much.

Guess what else everyone is getting for Christmas this year? :)

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