December 2012 Newsletter
by Rev. Vernon Giesbrecht
Dear friend of Double Harvest,
Christmas and missions.There should be an immediate linkage in our minds. At the center of the motivation for missionary activity is the good news that Jesus Christ brought to this world. The baby born in Bethlehem was the God-man who ultimately died a cruel death on a Roman cross as payment for the sins of the world. Every person in every nation who places their trust in Jesus, and not in their own attempts to win favor with God, receives forgiveness of sins and the promise of an eternity with God. At its core, missions is about proclaiming this good news – the Gospel – everywhere. Is this a message lost in the commercialization of Christmas?
Missions is also about tangibly expressing God’s love and compassion for the human condition, especially reflected in the poor of this world of which Haiti is a tragic example. We see this not only in Jesus’ identification and ministry to the poor, but also in the circumstances of His birth. Leaving the riches of heaven, He became poor. He was born in an animal stable in an obscure village in a backwater province of the Roman Empire. He became a refugee, fleeing with his parents from the death threats of King Herod. He was raised as a son of a humble carpenter. He turned on its head the expectations of how the Messiah/King should come!
Double Harvest is about bringing this Joy to the World because “…the Lord has come”! Ministering to the spiritual and physical needs of Haitians, the agricultural project at our Double Harvest project in Haiti provides employment, food for the community and economy, training in business integrity, housing for the needy, potable water to nearby villages, and a daily devotional service with teaching on Bible themes. The medical and surgical clinic provides essential health care to surrounding areas, and gives spiritual and emotional support to waiting patients. The school provides an excellent education for 500 students (almost all sponsored), and a Bible curriculum designed to plant seeds of life in these precious lives.
At this Christmas season, we thank you for your faithful partnership in this vital ministry! Perhaps you might have friends or relatives that would also join us in serving the needs of impoverished people in Haiti. Have them checkout our website or contact us for more information. We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!