Our Christmas Outreach Update and Schedule

So, we hit our goal of 20,000 cookies, but continue to see the need for more and more people to receive these cookies. They are truly a touch from heaven during this time of year. Please pray with us for the next couple of days. They could be crucial in the lives of the recipients. Our prayer is that we find the people who are most in need of knowing that they are loved.

For more information or to join us as we hit the streets, view our schedule.

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With so much going on, we figured we'd post how we're tracking.

Christmas Cookie Outreach Donations

Our goal is still20,000 so please continue to pray for us. It is particularly exciting this year because we have new cookie tags specific to York, Pa. We will be targeting the local neighborhoods, nursing homes, and shopping plazas looking for the ones who need a little touch from heaven. We are so excited. Each soul is worth more than all the world.

Annual Homeless Christmas Dinner

On December 8th, 2016, New Vision House of Hope asked us to plan and run their annual Christmas party for the homeless in Baltimore. With all of your help, we were able to provide individually wrapped christmas stockings for everyone, plus stockings for the staff, and food and entertainment for everyone. The night was a total success. I wish I could explain the blessing God poured out, but perhaps the pictures will achieve more than my words. For an evening, we were able to usher in the supernatural peace and love of God, and it was evident by the joy on their faces. Thank you so much, everyone, for your donation of money, time, pies, turkeys, merchandise, prayer, and service. We love you.

A Full Holiday Season

As some of you may know, we are embarking on our sixth year of our Christmas Cookie Outreach. Just last year, we baked 20,000 home-made Christmas cookies, and packaged them with a message of hope and love during, for many, a very difficult time of year. We will spend the next month or so baking in our brand new double oven (thank you donors!) so that in the weeks leading up to Christmas, we can pass these cookies out in train stations, bus stations, neighborhoods, shopping plazas, etc, to those who need a word of encouragement during this season. We are still hoping for one more double oven and money for cookie supplies, packaging and printing costs, so please continue to donate.

Secondly, through a series of seemingly ordinary events, some extraordinary partnerships have formed specifically involving children, teens and young adults. In partnership with Teen Haven, we are beginning a weekly children’s program beginning December 3. We often see many of the young children playing on the street without any parental supervision, so this will be a great way protect and raise up our young ones with the belief that any one life can change the world. We are also working with the children of a local public school in a weekly program called Released Time where we will mentor students and teach them important life lessons. In addition, we will be offering free tutoring and teen bible studies in the winter for children in the inner city.

Lastly, we received a phone call a few weeks ago from the founder of a women’s homeless shelter in Baltimore who asked if we would put on Thanksgiving for their ladies (we did this last year for the first time). Of course, we said yes. Last Thursday a group of us had the privilege of spending Thanksgiving with 35 grateful ladies who didn’t have a family to go home to or relatives to spend the holiday with. One lady profusely thanked us as we were leaving, and said she couldn’t remember the last time she was able to eat as much as she wanted.

The same organization has asked us to organize and cater their annual Christmas party on December 8 which will include food, entertainment, and gifts for the ladies. Keep us in prayer as we look to make an impact during this very open season that only comes once a year.

The Surprises of God: A Trip To China

“There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsels–that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21. God is the ultimate Lover, full of surprises. It is mystical, and dare I say, magical, when we allow Him to take our hand and lead us.

Such was the case in our recent trip to China. With efforts so concentrated on North American, African, and even European missions, a trip to Asia was the furthest thing from our minds. However, when La Tascha saw Delta’s deal for a round trip ticket to Hong Kong for $422, which perfectly coincided with P. Scibelli’s scheduled time in China, perchance, God was moving. We bought the tickets by faith and continued about our business.

Just coming off of a trip to Zimbabwe, South Africa, and France, it seemed so crazy that we were going to pack it up and do it all over again in just two short weeks. Especially with things taking off in York the way that they were. But, by faith, we continued.

(From this point on, specific names and places will be kept general for the protection of the work in China.)

We first landed in Hong Kong and took a few days to get our heads straight (battle some jet lag and a few physical ailments). Then, we took a train into Southern China to a city called Guangzhou, the 9th most populated city in the world with 13.1 million people. Our church there hosted a conference and members of our churches from all over China joined us, even one from Thailand. The church is about a year old and full of opportunities for discipleship. Most believers in the church have been Christians for less than two years. Amidst a superstitious culture and churches full of false teaching or the wrong emphasis, building the proper Biblical foundation is critical. Bible College and discipleship are paramount. The Chinese are hungry and eager to be taught. So, if you are praying about where to serve next, consider this mission field. There is a window of opportunity right now that is not promised to us forever.

We then traveled to Beijing and took a tour of Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall of China. We had a tour guide with us for the day and ended up sharing the gospel with her. The time was very precious. At the end, we gave her a Chinese-English Bible and she said to us, “I would like to read this very much. I think it could change my life.” God so prepares us for his words! After all, we were designed to be his dwelling place, and he would like to make his home in us. We are still in contact with her and look forward to the day we hear she has invited Him in as her Savior!

Next, we went to one of our underground churches about 45 minutes outside of Beijing. This was an alternate service from the one on Sunday lest Sunday’s crowd be too large and the government crack down on them. It was an incredible experience and a privilege to witness. At the close of service, the pastor had the congregation reading out loud together in Chinese, the passage from Roman 8:28-39. Who can separate us from his love? It’s impossible! The gospel goes on!

Lastly, we ended the trip spending time with an old friend who now lives in Beijing. It was so great to see her, and we look forward to her coming to the states soon to be refreshed and renewed in the Lord. All in all, everywhere we went, sharing our faith was surprisingly easy and very much welcomed. Many people even speak English. It was an unexpected gift from God to go and participate in His work there. We had no idea how much China needs the gospel and discipleship right now. I’m so glad somehow God got our attention to go. In some ways, the world and our mission field just got so much bigger (1.4 billion people bigger, to be exact), and in some ways, it has become that much smaller and more accessible. These countries are just an airplane away. Even if it’s just a short trip, I recommend going. It’s very doable and the impact can be great.

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