You are making a difference...
Since the first Christmas Miracle Offering in 2004, God has worked through the sacrificial giving of Ginghamsburg Church and partner schools, churches and businesses to change the world. Let’s take a glimpse at how God has deployed your $8.3 million investment …
IN DARFUR, SUDAN
- 15,974 households fed via a sustainable agriculture program
- 298 schools built or rehabbed plus 15 offices
- 245 teachers trained
- Nearly 35,000 cumulative students enrolled in schools over the course of the
- 829 graduates from 3 Life Skills Centers
- 2090 students served through 12 kindergartens
- Provided 214+ schools, representing 70,929 cumulative students, with schoolroom furniture, text books and/or sports material
- 1570 special needs and orphaned children provided additional support
- 15 boreholes rehabbed
- 19 water yards implemented
- 1438 latrines in internally displaced person camps
- 5 institutional latrines for schools
Enjoy just this one video snapshot in time from a few years ago to revisit some of the differences that miracle offering investments have made possible in the Sudan.
IN AWEIL, SOUTH SUDAN
- Constructed 2 primary health care units (PHCU) to serve 15,000 people each
- Purchased two three-wheel cycle ambulances
- Constructed 4 institutional latrines for the PHCU
- Implemented 1 borehole for a PHCU
- Trained 81 community health workers and traditional birth attendants
- Provided training for 9 medical staff for the primary health care unit
- Trained 10 county health officials on health department management skills
- Implemented 5 boreholes to provide water for schools and surround communities
- Constructed a block of 4 classrooms that is hosting 325 students
- Constructed 13 hand-washing facilities for PHCUs and schools
- Hygiene training for 5900 people
- Implemented 541 household latrines
- Implemented 9 boreholes to serve households
- Implemented 3 community boreholes
- Identified and trained 15 village-based "community led total sanitation" (CLTS) facilitators
- 3537 households received hygiene kits
- 600 girls received comfort/sanitary kits
IN YEI, SOUTH SUDAN - IMAGINE NO MALARIA
- Purchased and deployed 30,000 treated and life-saving mosquito nets in Yei County
- Providing additional nets and medication at clinics to the most vulnerable - expectant mothers and young children, plus expanded malaria intervention into expanded malaria-prone areas in Africa
IN DAYTON, OHIO
- 2 New Creation Counseling Center branches opened and sustained
- GED Program at Fort McKinley expanded
- Jobs for Life implemented and graduates employed
- The Point Food Pantry equipped to provide more fresh foods for clients
- Hot Sunday morning breakfast provided to Fort McKinley Campus neighbors
- Emergency food supplies purchased for times of lean within the community
- Joshua Recovery Ministries provided with financial resources to transform men’s lives
- Clubhouse opened a new site in Trotwood and for three summers provided nutritious lunches to Clubhouse kids in the most vulnerable neighborhoods
…and much more.
Wars, conflict and persecution around the world have forced more people to flee and seek refuge elsewhere in recent years than has previously existed at any other time in recorded migration history. The U.N. has reported that nearly 60 million people worldwide have been forcibly displaced. One in every 122 human beings is now either a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum on Planet Earth. Our chief storyteller Dan Bracken traveled to Beirut, Lebanon in Fall 2015 to bring back this story.
The 2015 Christmas Miracle Offering provided funding in three areas to serve refugees in crisis:
- Provided badly needed housing via rent subsidies to 152 displaced refugee families (617 people) in exile in Damascus, Syria
- Supplied 437 Syrian and Iraqi refugee families with food kits (one-month kit) and 570 families with 581 hygiene kits in Mount Lebanon
- In partnership with other funders, supplied 1570 food kits for 7850 Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians in Jordan
God isn’t finished yet. Give generously this year to serve our our neighbors in Miami and Montgomery counties through our non-profit partners of New Path, New Creation Counseling, Joshua Recovery and Clubhouse while also planting a new faith community to reach children, women and men for Christ; to continue our fight to stamp out the killer disease of malaria; and to continue our 11-year partnership with those families who lost homes to natural disasters in Louisiana, like this past August's "no name" flood. Learn more about the need in Louisiana via this video update.
Give online to the 2016 Christmas Miracle Offering today, or bring your offering to worship on December 17/18 or Christmas Eve worship on any Ginghamsburg Campus. We cannot know how God will work through us this Advent, but we do know that the funds will be deployed as noted in the chart below. What will God do in and through you this Advent season?
- The United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) is the not-for-profit humanitarian agency of The United Methodist Church. Since 1940, UMCOR's mission—providing relief in disaster areas, aiding refugees and confronting the challenge of world hunger and poverty—has helped to heal the hurts of humanity in nearly 100 countries. Visit UMCOR on the web at umcor.org.
- New Path Ministries is the non-profit community outreach arm of Ginghamsburg Church. Learn more at newpathoutreach.org.
- New Creation Counseling Center is the non-profit counseling center for Ginghamsburg Church. Learn more at newcreationcounselingcenter.org.
- Clubhouse is Ginghamsburg's teen-led after-school tutoring and mentoring non-profit serving kids in "at risk" communities. Learn more at clubhousedbg.wordpress.com.
- Joshua Recovery Ministries provides a housing program and Christian counseling to men with addictions. Learn more at joshualife.org.