It's Christmas time and Americans are busier than ever. The celebrations are joyous & the To Do lists seem endless. There's much to prepare and the birth of a Savior is worthy of our best. Shopping, baking, decorating - how to squeeze it all in around the more meaningful celebrations such as Advent programs, parties, family gatherings, caroling, etc.? So much joy to be found in this Holy Season.
In India, the children of Achiever Academy are busy too. They are singing carols, preparing for their school Christmas Pageant, and learning about the true gift of Christmas - the birth of Jesus.
It's been a remarkable year for Acts of Mercy, based in Mahabalipuram, India. You could feel God's touch when compassionate donors from the U.S. completed the funding for the construction of the first four-plex cottage of the Vayaloor Widows
And then there are those precious children! Achiever Academy is flourishing under God's watchful care and 2011 brought even more miracles. Children from illiterate communities whose members have never attended school before are reading, writing, learning math, and now singing Christmas carols for the first time ever.
As Americans count down the number of shopping days left, the children at Achiever Academy are counting down the days until they perform their annual Christmas pageant for their parents and friends. Hindus, Muslims, and Christians will sit side by side in the sand, watching their children portray the holy story of Jesus and His birth. While we sing carols and anticipate the coming of the Savior, He is making His truth known in the hearts of the children - and through them, their parents, families, and friends.
While our cultures and celebrations are very different, together we share the gift of the baby Jesus. He came for all of His children from every corner of the earth. He is every good and perfect gift, from God's heart to ours. His gift is Peace. His gift is Joy. His gift is Love.
Thank you for being an important part of this ministry and as a special Christmas gift, we hope you will enjoy the Christmas wishes from India in the short video above, which captures the children rehearsing for their annual Christmas program. You will enjoy a glimpse into traditional Indian dancing and be sure to listen closely for some familiar American tunes as well. We hope it brings a smile to your heart, as it did ours, as around the world, together, we celebrate the birth of our Savior.
On behalf of the widows of Acts of Mercy and the children of Achiever Academy, we wish you a blessed and joyous Christmas, filled with the most wonderful and perfect gift from above.
Jim & Susan
Special Note: We are receiving a number of inquiries about making a year-end Christmas gift to One Book One Life and/or Acts of Mercy. You may make your tax-deductible year-end donation by credit/debit card HERE or by mailing a check to:
One Book One Life
1300 Windstream Street
Denton, TX 76209
Please forward this message along to others who are seeking a compassionate place in which to join God in His work for the Kingdom. Merry Christmas!