Merry Christmas!
A Message from the President

2013 President's Report
2013 President's Report


If you haven't received our Winter 2013 Newsletter in the mail, please read it here. To join our mailing list email Office@BlessmanMinistries.org.
A Child's Passing 
The sad news of a child's death
 
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."
Ephesians 6:12
 

You may have seen on Facebook at the beginning of the month that we learned of a this toddler's passing. To read the full story, please visit here

 

Christmas time is often a delicate time. It is a time of great rejoicing, but can also be a time of loss, a time of great lack, a season of difficulty. These physical realities of illness, brokenness, hunger, and poverty are just symptoms of a greater reality - a spiritual reality that Christ came and reckoned with, redeemed, and reconciled!

 

Isaiah 61:1-3 says "The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise  instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor."

 

This child's passing puts this Christmas season and our ministry to orphans and vulnerable children into focus. As you remember Christ's birth, remember that his physical birth and life is far greater than flesh and bone. God sent His Son as a babe to fulfill the greatest needs in this broken world, both spiritually and physically.

 

May a beautiful poem and song by Christian worship band Gungor found here,  minister to you as we put our focus on Christ and his gift that is living in our lives today.

 

Be blessed this Christmas!


 
The Gift of Giving
A note by Johanney Chongani
 
"One girl that is a member of KC LIVE (Lighthouse Christian Church Children's Church) at Del-Cramer children's campus came with her grandfather who is a pensioner (retiree) and gave us a donation of clothes to distribute to the needy after hearing from this girl about the help that Blessman Ministries is extending to the need in South Africa. 
 
Do not underestimate the impact the hundreds of children that attend our church can have in the community.
 
The more children we reach the more the adults we reach too. I was melted to hear how much the old man knew about all that our ministry is doing."
 
Isn't this what Christmas is about? Giving out of whatever means you have to serve others.
 
We are proud of the children at KC Live and the families we are discipling. Not only is it a blessing to serve them as the Bible teaches, but to see the Word taking hold in their lives is a blessing beyond words!
Christmas in South Africa 
Joy to the World!
 
The team in South Africa is celebrating Christmas the best way possible - giving to those in need!

When the presents where given to children, one of the kids said "this is so great, I got the most presents ever for Christmas!"
 
We know it's not about gifts - it's about Christ, however, to give a gift of love in a physical way opens many doors to share about Christ's greatest gift.
 
Below is an article featured in last year's Christmas newsletter. It answers some questions as to how Christmas is celebrated in South Africa.


Do South African's celebrate with a big dinner?

No, there is no big meal. Instead of roast or Ham, families that have meals together will have a cookout or Barbeque that they call a Braai. Remember, it's quite warm there during Christmas and many people will gather together with families in a more casual way. 

 

Is there snow at Christmas?

No, there is very little chance for snow in South Africa at Christmas time. December is actually summer in South Africa and temperatures can be over 90 degrees. 


Do children attend school?

The school year runs from January to December, with much of December off. Children are on their summer break for Christmas. 


Do they put up Christmas trees?

Families that can afford or have been given a tree usually put one up but many of the poor families cannot afford them. Christmas trees and holiday decorations are often used in cities and store decorations just like here. 


Do children have stockings?

No, its very uncommon. If they do have stockings their gifts would be in them. 

 
Do families gather together?

Many poor families have to live apart from each other when work is scarce. The fathers may have to live in another city just to find work. However, families often try to gather together during December. Most larger corporations and employers give much of the month of December off for holiday time and encourage their employees to spend time with family. Also, keep in mind that family units are different with the families we serve in South Africa; many only have one parent or are cared for by a granny or an older sibling - if they have a family at all. 

 
Do people exchange gifts?

Parents will give gifts to children but gifts are not usually exchanged with extended family or friends. The type of gifts would be different as well. They would be functional gifts like school supplies or clothing or some sort of practical gift. Children don't get toys as Christmas gifts. 

 
Are there unique traditions celebrated?

There aren't traditions in South African culture that are different from ours in the U.S. related to Christmas. However, families may have their own traditions. 


Next year we are working towards the ability to help you,
 the donor give gifts to orphans and children in South Africa.

Email Office@BlessmanMinistries.org to be added to
a direct mailing list for 2014 Christmas opportunities. 
Magnify the Impact 
How you can Magnify the Impact this Christmas
 
 
This Christmas season, please consider us in your financial year end giving. Every dollar counts! It only takes $1 to provide a hot meal to a child.

You can also donate stock, investments, and gifts in kind. For more information, call our office at 515-343-5920 for details.
 
Did you know that your employer may match your financial contribution to Blessman Ministries? Make sure to ask your boss if they have a matching donation program! 

 


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