December 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Did you know one of the best ways to cure the blues is by giving to others? Blessing others, blesses us! The Bible says in Proverbs 11:25 "A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed." This is so very true! When we are feeling bad the best thing we can do is give to others.

Many of you know and have prayed for our sweet daughter Mabel. She has been in pain over the last few years, and although she still has some pain, she is doing so much better. She is making progress and is overcoming her fears. Being in pain for so long can cause you to be afraid and retreat from life. So to my surprise, one morning, I found her up early, cleaning out closets to make room for new children in the future. Soon she had bags full of clothes that were too small and toys that were no longer being used.

Mabel seemed very excited to think we could share these things with our friend who lives down the road. You see, our friend Teresa has over 18 grandchildren and they all live in a small area together. Their needs are great, and over the years, they have become very dear to us; blessing them blesses us! That night our kids loaded up the bags and made a surprise visit to Teresa's home. Her grandchildren were so happy to receive new clothes and toys. One by one, they all came out, and soon there was a crowd of kids that couldn't wait to open the bags.

I am a big believer in giving things away; there are just too many people in need to hold onto things for too long. So many people have given to us, and what a joy to keep the giving going! Although Mabel was unable to go, just knowing the joy they received lifted her spirits and brought happiness in her heart. When the kids returned, they showed Mabel the pictures they had taken with Teresa and her grandchildren, "Look what all your hard work did Mabel! Look how happy they are!" Mabel's face beamed with delight!

Teresa cried tears of joy, and the very next Sunday, many of her kids showed up for church in their new outfits, the little girls in their new hair bows. Daniela our oldest, was teaching Sunday school that day and was delighted to see their happy faces. Many came to church that normally did not come. Who would of thought cleaning out closets could do all that? Giving causes great things to happen, not only to the ones who receive, but to the giver as well!

Christmas is just around the corner so we are busy getting ready to give to many children in need. We would ask for your special prayers and support so we can bless many children this year at Christmas.

We are also getting ready to have another young girl move in our home. We will be needing to get another bed and bedding and a dresser where she can keep her clothes. Please pray we find the right school for her. Most of the public schools are full around us, and it has been hard to find just the right place. She will need extra help because she is behind in school and she will need counseling moving forward after all she has been through.

We found a semi-private school not far from us with small classes where she could get the help she needs, but it would cost $250 a month. She will have many needs and that means we need to raise money to cover her expenses: schooling and counseling will be the first priorities.

Our older kids will be helping at a camp for very needy children in an area not far from us. This is a very exciting time as over a hundred children will come together and meet in the mountains near us. They will have many outdoor activities during the day and hear about Jesus in the evening. Four of our older kids will be leading groups and will be part of the worship team. Please be in prayer that many will come to know Jesus! God is moving in a special way. We are learning and growing and seeking the Lord. December is a very big month! We deeply appreciate you standing with us. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful and very blessed New Year!

Much love,

Enrique and Charlyn Mejia