Thank You For All Your Help!

We had a record breaking year for our Christmas Cookie outreach, and we wanted to extend the warmest thanks for how you played a part! Just to fill you in, we baked 21,134 Christmas cookies this year (our sixth year) and reached all over the world, including: Silver Spring, MD, Baltimore, MD, Gettysburg, PA, Harrisburg, PA, York, Pa and Pretoria, South Africa (midway through our cookie baking this year, precious team members had to take an emergency flight to South Africa to be with Pastor Jabu and his three young children because of his wife’s sudden passing. The cookies were a great diversion and brought moments of Christmas cheer during a very difficult time).

The emphasis was slightly different this year. About 10,000 of the cookies went to areas of Baltimore and beyond as they have done in previous years and we received amazing testimonies from that. However, this year, about 10,000 cookies also reached the people of York, PA and the surrounding cities of Harrisburg and Gettysburg. We have been church planting in York for the past 10 months or so and the cookies were a tremendous opportunity to get to know the people of Pennsylvania.

We visited four nursing homes and witnessed these elderly people learning how to receive eternal salvation (because of the cookie tags) for the first time in their life! Imagine passing into eternity never knowing the free gift of God’s love! We hit one neighborhood around our Bible College for three days straight, door to door. We had the emphasis of signing kids up for a Bible Club and had over 40 sign ups as a result, but we also had the amazing opportunity of ministering to people on the streets in the middle of some very intense situations. One man was sitting in his wheel chair in front of the train tracks weeping as if he was going to commit suicide when we stopped him and just let him know that God cares.

The stories are endless of people at the end of themselves from being overwhelmed with Christmas responsibilities, loneliness, or sorrow from loved ones passing, but we are confident, that we placed these cookies in the right hands at the right time to let people know that they were loved and not forgotten. What can a cookie do? We will not know the full impact of each one of these handmade cookies, we do know that our Bible Club program continues today, their families are being impacted, the destiny of the elderly in the nursing home has forever changed, and thousands of people received hope for the future. We also know that we gave it everything we had, with no regrets, and we couldn’t have done it without your help. So with our deepest sincerity, thank you. May you have an amazing 2017.