Merry Christmas!

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The Birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

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Pray for Namusubo

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Some of you may remember Namusubo.

She was our initial connection to Uganda. It was through Carter’s (our son) Operation Christmas Child gift to her that I had the opportunity to befriend Florence and begin supporting Faith Hope Assembly Church. It was also because of that shoebox gift that her Muslim family allowed her to start attending a Christian school. (Prior to that point she had had no formal education.)

Unfortunately, earlier this year, the aunt who was her primary caretaker passed away. Because of this, she had to move and is no longer able to attend school.  Can you pray with me that God will open up a door for her to return to school and will protect her from the possibility of ending up in a situation that is not ideal for a young girl.

Psalms 100:5  For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.

Photos From Iganga, Uganda

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Florence recently sent me a few photos from a nursery school graduation ceremony. Some of these cute kids likely received either a dress or shorts from us earlier this year.

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You may remember that the Faith Power Assembly Church building was destroyed in a storm early in the year. In this photo you can see they once again have a roof over their heads. Thanks to donations from people like you, we were able to send a cash donation toward construction costs. We also recently wired a small cash donation to the church for Christmas.

Thank you so much for your support of 500 Dresses. I am always happy to show you pictures from the places we have been able to support.

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Baby Clothes Heading to Heartline Ministries in Port au Prince, Haiti

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Thanks to all of your generous donations we have 76 little baby outfits boxed up and ready to head to Heartline Ministries Maternity Center in Port au Prince, Haiti.

In Haiti, a woman’s lifetime risk of maternal death is 1 in 83. In developed countries the rate is 1 in 3,800.

Heartline Ministries is slowly and diligently working to change this.

Heartline has been working along side the courageous Haitian people in Port au Prince for more than twenty years. Heartline approaches Maternal Health care with a model based in quality care, love, respect, and relationship building. The women that enter the prenatal program are known by name, their stories are known by the midwives that help to see them through a safe pregnancy and delivery. – (heartlineministries.org)

Our donation of baby clothes will be added to gift bags given to the women who complete a child development class after the birth of their babies.

After the ladies in our prenatal program have their babies, they begin attending our Tuesday child development classes. Every week Haitian mothers show up faithfully for class. When they arrive their babies are weighed to check for proper weight gain. If a mother is having breastfeeding issues we work with her, encourage her, and give her the information she needs to continue to successfully nurse her baby. Then the women eat a high protein meal together.

After lunch the ladies attend the child development class. We teach about topics relating to parenting, motherhood, womanhood, nutrition, and breastfeeding. We see these classes as very important in empowering women with truth and life-saving information for themselves and their children. In addition to teaching, we also learn a lot from the women about Haitian culture. We teach, but we also listen. When class is over medical care is offered for the women and children who are sick. – (heartlineministries.org)

Please visit Heartline Ministries online and/or LivesayHaitiWeblog to learn more about the super awesome things that God is using them to do in Haiti’s capital city.