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The True Meaning of Christmas

CB5As we all gathered around that small stuffy third floor room in the home of our first POI orphanage, gifts were pulled from our suitcases one by one. As each child received their presents, the rest of the children would clap and cheer with excitement.

The cheering continued as each and every sock, hair bow, and toy was revealed out of its gift bag. Because this was unlike any other Christmas they had experienced before.

As you may have heard us share before, the majority of our families within the POI communities survive on less than two dollars a day. Christmas presents are simply unattainable within these families.

While in Honduras a few weeks ago, Ruth (POI cofounder) asked some of our students what they were most excited about as Christmas was approaching.

Apples and grapes.

Not one of them said gifts or “things” but simply the opportunity to eat something special they could not normally afford. Along with their special treats of fruit, they were thrilled to be spending time with family and experiencing the joy of Christmas—simply being together.

This Christmas, we want to send a special thank you to those of you who have made these faces smile bigger and brighter with each passing year. You have given so much to ensure their hearts are happy and their bellies are full. But more importantly, you have enabled our students to learn and cherish the true meaning of Christmas.

As you spend time with loved ones this Christmas season, please know that we are entirely grateful for your generosity—without you, these fourteen children (and many more) would not be spending their Christmas break how every child deserves to spend their Christmas—with someone who truly loves them.

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Who is blogging?

Hannah Hamilton is the daughter of David and Ruth Hamilton, founders of Point of Impact Ministry. She first traveled to Honduras at 6 years old and has been passionate about advocating for the impoverished ever since. To read more, click here.

Thankful for Another Year

SanJuanGrad2Our San Juan graduating Kindergarten class

The Honduran school year has ended and our POI kids and teachers are singing praises for another successful year.  Will you join us in praising the Lord our God for His goodness to POI this year?  And then join us in prayer for the exciting additions that POI will be making in 2016.

 “I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.  May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord.” Psalm 104:33-34

Praises

– All POI students and house home kids have passed school this year

– Edgar Varela will be graduating from high school this Friday – prayers needed for his future plans

– Our 54 kindergarten students graduated Monday

– Tuesday and Thursday our 47 sixth graders had their graduation ceremonies

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“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.” Jeremiah 29 :12

Prayer Requests

– Prayers for guidance as we start looking for houses for the girls transitional home

– Prayers for plans for the upcoming clinic in San Juan

– Prayers for safety in our communities, for our children, families and staff

 

To Know and Serve Jesus Christ

The doors of the clinic flung open promptly at 8am and in less than minutes the waiting room was already packed. This was the case yesterday. And it will be the case tomorrow. In a nation like Honduras, quality healthcare is not as accessible like it is in the United States. This is why our POI clinics are always full of patients who eagerly long to be treated for their ailments. Once our doors open at one of our clinics, our health care providers begin ministering to, on average, 30 patients every day.

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Today a sweet young girl named Rut is being treated. Rut (pronounced Rūt) is a 3yr old family member of one of our POI church members.  Just yesterday she was discharged from the public hospital after having been treated there for 9 days with a spinal surgery. Rut has suffered extreme pain since then and had been looking forward to continued relief that could only be provided by POI nurses and doctors. When she entered the clinic, escorted by her older sister Ingrid, the nurses listened patiently to Rut as she explained what was going on with her body.  Mary, our POI nurse, calmly reassured Rut that she would do her best to make her as comfortable as possible.

Mary immediately began to treat Rut’s pain. She examined the surgical incision and thoroughly cleaned her wound. She then bandaged the wound gently before sending a relieved Rut on her way to enjoy the rest of her day. In that moment, Mary felt a sense of purpose and joy that is par for the course with being a part of a ministry as powerful as POI’s. This ministry is not only one that meets the physical needs of the Honduran people but also meets their spiritual needs as well. POI shares the hope of Jesus Christ because we believe firmly that there’s a certain healing of the soul that comes only from the Lord. Rut and so many others do not simply need physical attention, they also need someone to be the voice of Christ to them as well. No wonder Mary and the rest of our team feels such a sense of purpose and gratitude in being a part of this ministry.

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POI prides itself in taking advantage of a responsibility to get down into the trenches with people—we feel that God has called us to live life with the people we serve. Graciously God empowers us to meet their physical needs. But through our commitment to partner with the people we serve on a deeper level, God also empowers us to meet the needs of their heart as we share the ultimate need—to know and serve Jesus Christ.

Will you consider partnering with POI? Will you be a part of stories like Rut’s and Mary’s? Will you help us continue to put smiles on the faces of deserving children? Whether you provide the gift of health through a $35 Medicine Pack this Christmas, through sponsoring a child, or by coming along on a trip to serve the people of Honduras, know that your effort will go a LONG way.