IT STILL TAKES MY BREATH AWAY.  Behind the exquisite art of this hand-painted ornament from India is a rescue story.  And if you have purchased a copy of Table Life, you are a part of this rescue story! This ornament hangs in our home, but it really belongs in yours, too.  This golden orb etched with ink is a thank-you. Read on.

This year Table Life gave $18.000.00 to the ministry of AS OUR OWN.  Hence, the “thank-you” ornament.  AS OUR OWN touches the whole person by rescuing little girls born in brothels and then raises them as their own daughters. Check out their website; your heart will rejoice. And THANK YOU for buying Table Life. All profits generated from  sales goes to this rescue ministry.  Thanks be to God!

This Christmas Roger and I received another gift:  a small hand-carved bowl with loaves and fishes, made by a Christian living in Bethlehem.  Remember the gospel story?  Jesus is with the Galilean crowd. He knows they are hungry. Compassion moves Jesus to ask his disciples if they have any food to share. They respond with cynical facts, “”We only have five loaves here, and two fish.” (Matthew 14:18).  Jesus said, “Bring them here to me.” 


Move over, unbelief!  Trust Jesus!  Jesus does much with little!

You know the story. A Jesus-miracle rescues the growling hunger pangs of thousands.  And Jesus invites the disciples to participate in the miracle. They got to serve the crowd the miracle that Jesus provided.

I view the $18.000.00 gift to AOO as evidence that many of you have participated in a miracle of God changing the lives of vulnerable children…. as well as being encouraged to practice the Christian grace of hospitality.

I’m still dreaming and envisioning what God might do.  Can I BOLDLY make a “little ask?” Buy another copy of Table Life and give it as a gift to someone. Gift-giving doesn’t stop after December 25.  Pray that a hospitality revolution will grow. And rejoice that God will take your “little” to bless girls in need of a rescue.  And let’s not forgot their story is our story:

“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”  Colossians 1:13





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