First of all, thank y'all so much for your sweet comments and support on my last post! We actually spent some time with April's family last night, and celebrating our own little Christmas together with her -- which was a super blessing, and I wish you could have seen and heard the excitement in their little home,
Several of y'all asked me what books we have been reading that I mentioned in my last post. The one that I would recommend the most for anyone working with people in any sort of poverty (or really for anyone who wants to help at all) would be When Helping Hurts. It will definitely shift your paradigm in the area of helping the poor.
I came across Relevant Magazine's article on the Top 10 Books of 2010. I can't wait to read some of these books. My birthday was on the 16th and I received a few books from the list (per request), so I'm about to start by reading Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.
I saw this quote from Stephen Colbert on Rage Against the Minivan Blog and loved it. Well maybe not so much LOVED it as chewed on it and thought it quite true. She posted a video from Colbert on the Gospel that you might want to pop over and watch too.
“If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we’ve got to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition — and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.”
Lastly, since I can't be sure how much I'll be around the next few days with all the holiday festivities and such . . . I wanted to wish all of you a very merry Christmas from our little family to yours . . . We cannot tell y'all enough how much we love and appreciate each one of you - your constant support and encouragement in our journey helps us immensely along the way -- so thank you from the bottom of our hearts - and Merry Christmas!