Ugly Sweaters, Christmas Carols & the Part Cat
BY ALISON DRUCKEMILLER, DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH & PARTNERS
When we were first married, my husband sang in an a cappella jazz quartet and we did many Christmas concerts in Minnesota. For many Scandinavians, lutefisk was a tradition. (If you don’t know about lutefisk, see this). I am happy to say that Grace’s tradition of the Partner Catalog is A LOT more appealing than lutefisk! Will your family join my family as we review our options and choose to give to our Partner ministries this Christmas? Below is a continuation of thank-you’s from the last two blogposts (see Part 1 and Part 2).
ALARM (African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries)
Fifty Rwandan women partnered with women from Grace at the ALARM Rwanda training center to grow in their leadership skills based on Biblical principles. ALARM facilitated similar conferences throughout East Africa with this response: “Five years ago, if ALARM had not trained me and other Christian police officers on the Christian view of sanctity of life, human rights, and dignity, and on how to serve as servant leaders and agents of reconciliation, my answer could have been, ‘Yes, kill those rebels.’” We are seeing Hope--God at work through reconciliation and leadership.
Mark Slaughter (InterVarsity)
In August, I served as a mentor at the Lausanne Movement's global Younger Leader Gathering in Indonesia. About 1,000 emerging national leaders gathered from 150 countries! Many came at great cost and even risk to their lives. Your gifts allowed me to invest in these amazing leaders who are communicating the Good News of God's Kingdom to their generation throughout the world. And, your giving lets me continue investing in mentoring a new generation of Kingdom leaders here in America.
Bridges of Hope
Christian is a 26-year-old living in the Guatemalan barrio of La Limonada, in which we serve. Christian joined a gang at age 15. Four years later Christian was shot in the spine while attempting to rob a bus, and is now paralyzed. However, Christian speaks of God’s provision in his life for using this situation to take him away from life in a gang and mend relationships with his family. They make shoes and provide jobs to those desiring to have a better life. We celebrate stories of those, like Christian, who are experiencing God’s redemption and transformation in Central and South America.
Keith and Natalie Back-CRU
We just finished our annual Thanksgiving Dinner Outreach for international students at IUPUI and UIndy. Students who have never been befriended by Americans before were shown love. Students from all faiths and backgrounds came together and put aside racial and political interests for a night of openness and unity. 90 Students heard the gospel, most for the first time. 16 students accepted Christ as their Savior. Lives were changed. We are really excited to see what God does next in the lives of these students!
The goal of Outreach, Inc. is to equip and empower homeless teens to achieve stability and life transformation. They do this by demonstrating a kind of love that these young people have never experienced. And, because of your gifts, they are being loved well. The result: these youths start loving others back, thinking about their future and begin working hard to improve their life situation.
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