Christmas Eve Offering
This Year’s Goal:
For the past 33 years, our Christmas Eve services have been a celebration of the surprising gift of Jesus with our gifts to others. We have given financial gifts that are all shared locally and globally. This year we will be giving to 18 organizations that serve people in need, crisis, and poverty – both spiritually and physically- right here in York County and around the world.
Project Adopt A Village (PAAV)
Over the past 11 years, through Living Word’s partnership with PAAV (and Dr. Frew), hundreds of people in Sendafa, Ethiopia have recovered from near death to lead lives of purpose and meaning. These funds will be used to provide medications, food, clothing, educational materials, and assistance to AIDS/HIV patients.
Living Word Dire Dawa
Living Word helped start this church in Dire Dawa, which has a very fruitful ministry to the Muslim community around them. The church has multiplied and outgrown their facilities, so these funds will be used to continue their building program to provide classrooms and meeting rooms in the church.
Iraqi Women’s Refuge
Living Word missionaries Jeff and Kathy P. have started a women’s clinic in northern Iraq for women and children who have lived through war and violence. The clinic is showing the love of Jesus through employable skills. This contribution will be used to train Kurdish and Yazidi women in sewing, English, and computer literacy. It also provides art and music classes for their children, many whom have experienced trauma.
Jordan House of Blessing
Jordan has received thousands of Iraqi Christians from that war-torn country. As refugees, they are not able to work and are receiving no financial support. This gift will provide food and basic personal products as they wait to either return home or resettle in a new location.
Water Missions International
Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico’s infrastructure. Much of the country still has no electrical power and many don’t have adequate drinking water. Living Word has partnered with Water Missions to help provide water systems for those in Puerto Rico who live in remote areas.
Burundi is one of the neediest countries in the world. The churches are key players in addressing development needs throughout this country, but need additional resources, including training, sharing of best practices, and networking tools. These funds will help our partners at Outreach Canada provide for these needs.
Supplies to Ethiopia
Stocking libraries and leadership schools with printed material is a great challenge for developing countries and various supplies are always needed for the clients who work with the PAAV team. This money will provide a shipping container to transport books, medical equipment, and supplies to Addis Ababa.
Guatemala Training Project
Our missionary partner, Mike McComb, has been training church leaders throughout Latin America with an educational partner, ASELSI. These funds will provide scholarships for students who are otherwise unable to attend these classes.
DP34Me Hearing Aid Ministry
Many children in the Middle East are unable to hear well. Our missionary partner, Jason S., is developing a business as missions organization in the Middle East to provide hearing aids, using 3D printing technology. This contribution contribution will help purchase the necessary tools to make hearing a reality for these children.
18 South Youth Services
18 South Youth Services ministers to the broken and hurting teens of Red Lion. They have created a space where teens can feel safe, accepted, and most importantly, experience the love of Christ. They are running out of space, so these funds will help them renovate a larger facility where they can be more effective.
LifePath Christian Ministries
LifePath is a ministry dedicated to love, honor, and serve our community by providing a journey of hope and transformation for those who are part of their programmatic residence. To continue their mission, they are purchasing a refrigerated vehicle that will provide an improved way to feed those in need.
Logos Academy is a Christ-centered, K-12 school located in York City, serving 270 students. It provides an excellent education that is affordable to all families in York, reserving two-thirds of classroom seats for students who live below or near the poverty line. Technology training is an important part of the curriculum. This gift will help purchase the necessary technology service support, teacher training, and teaching devices.
Katallasso Health Clinic
The poor and homeless in York often don’t have health insurance coverage to take care of even the simplest medical issues. The nonprofit Katallasso Health has medical professionals who volunteer their time seeing patients. This donation will help to provide needed medical supplies and medications.
Ladder to the Light
This ministry focuses on men who have experienced brokenness, whether through addictions, incarceration, homelessness, or a combination of all of these. Ladder to the Light is a residential facility in need of repairs. This donation will help replace flooring for a safe and clean facility.
Servants Home Helps
Living Word has partnered with Servants for the past 2 years, helping widows, single parents, persons with disabilities, and the elderly with home projects that provide for health and safety. Servants has volunteer teams working on these projects and Living Word provides some of those volunteers twice a month. This gift will provide the materials to renovate eight bathrooms.
Journey to Joy
There are many women in York who suffer abuse and have no place to go. Journey to Joy provides residential help for women and children who have been victims of abuse. These funds will provide additional help for some of the physical needs of the women, as well as financial help for renovation work to their ministry center.
Arrowhead Bible Camp
This nonprofit Christian camp, located on the PA/New York border, is a place where our student::life students have ministered to developmentally challenged campers. It has been a powerful place of connection and ministry. These funds will be used to restore bathrooms that need repair.
Young Life works with junior and senior high school students by being a friend, a listening ear, and sharing the hope of the gospel with broken teens. One of the highlights of the Young Life year is camp, which, for many students, is a point where they see their need for a relationship with Jesus. Many students from inner-city York can’t afford to go to camp. This gift will provide camp scholarships for some of these students, as well as ministry support funds for the work in York.