And now I just HAVE to show you what one of my Christmas gifts was this year. My siblings and our spouses "draw" names for our Christmas gift exchange. Rachel, my new sister-in-law as of July, drew my name this year, and I was so excited and blessed by what she gave me. Take a look....
Trade as One whose mission is to create dignified employment for the poor. Rachel had heard the founder of this organization speak at her church.
But wait, there's more! Also found in that cute shopping bag was this:NightLight International, which is a Christian organization that seeks to "address the complex issues of commercial sexual exploitation through prevention, intervention, restoration, and education." My jewelry was made in Bangkok, Thailand by a woman who was rescued from prostitution through the alternative employment that NightLight offered her. I'm in tears just typing that sentence.
Is that a cool gift or what? So full of meaning and purpose. So centered on Christ's character of compassion and grace. I am so touched to own these things and to now know small, but specific ways I can help in these important ministries.
It's really what Christmas is all about.
Heart full of thanks for a wonderful Christmas week!