Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas is a time of giving - Update from the Burseys

Christmas is a time of giving, sharing and loving. It is easy to give, share and love with the people that mean the most to us. It is kind of our obligation really isn’t it? True love does not confine itself to just family and close friends though… true love reaches out to all those in need, neighbours and strangers alike. Where there is need, there should be love. A wise man once said that we should love these people as much as we love ourselves!

This week we were walking through a local supermarket when we were approached by one of the people that we were blessed to help this year. It was the grandmother of Jackline. Some of you will remember that we got them a fridge and stove a few months back. These people are now an ongoing part of our lives. We have contributed to making things better but we have not turned their situation around completely. With her was Carla, the oldest sister of Jackline… SHOELESS! My heart broke a little for them because I realize how much more need there is, not just for this family but for so many like them as well. Sometimes the need is overwhelming to me. Sometimes I wonder if it is even worth the effort. Then I give my head a good shake! Of course it’s worth it!
This week I got a call from Brooklyn Village Church in Ontario Canada. A young lady named Miranda Parker heard our story of purchasing some shoes for a family, and started a campaign there to collect shoes for kids like Carla. To date she has collected 850 pairs and counting!! Merry Christmas Carla! Somebody cares! Sure the need is overwhelming… but sometimes… so is the generosity of strangers!
The truth is there is plenty to go around… plenty of food, plenty of money, plenty of clothes, plenty of shoes and plenty of love. It just needs to be shared! Just a thought. If you are unsure of how to direct your love and generosity… go to www.iam1ru.com. The opportunities are endless!
Merry Christmas everyone and Happy New Year!

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