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This is a question I would imagine many people asked over 2000 years ago. First with Mary as the angel told her of her pregnancy. She probably thought why me? Why for several reasons, like I am not worthy, or maybe I don’t deserve the shame of what people will think. Joseph thinking, why did this have to happen to me? Mary and Joseph’s parents thinking, why do we have to go through the shame of Mary’s pregnancy before she and Joseph did the right thing. Maybe even the angel Gabriel might have thought, how can this be that the Lord would do such an amazing thing or that I am blessed to deliver the message. How about the wise men making such a long trip wondering how this miracle will occur. The shepherds standing in awe at the Savior of the world. How can this be that a 12 year old boy is sitting in the Temple questioning religious leaders? How can this be that this man is casting out demons, healing the sick, the blind, and the lame? How can this be… This man never sins! How can this be… The religious leaders had him killed and all he was guilty of was love. How can this be… I just saw Jesus alive again! How can this be… he took away my sins! Wait there is more… so much more… How can this be, in the name of Jesus a couple devoted to him started a bus ministry called Christian Outreach Center along with another amazing couple to help feed children food and God’s Word. Fast forward to just one month ago as I asked, Lord how are we going to be able to give these children a good Christmas? We know Christmas is not about the gifts but the love and kindness behind it. So here it goes… How can it be that a group of ladies from a church would make stockings without being asked, for the entire church to team up to fill 100 of them with Christmas gifts for the 100 children attending Christian Outreach Center? How can it be that with one little question (does anyone have any extra Christmas ornaments for the kids to buy for their parents using C.O.C. bucks?) we would end up with an office full. How could it be that three ladies would volunteer to wrap the gifts. How can this be that three doctor’s offices would donate food, presents, and several gift cards for these 100 children they don’t know. How can this be that friends of the ministry with such a love for the Lord would sacrificially give to make sure these children know God’s love. How can this be even my aunt and uncle several states away help support C.O.C. because they love the Lord. How can this be… four people donated enough money for new tires and an A/C repair for our buses. I didn’t even ask! How can it be that a friend would ask a fire department for gifts and they call me with a van full. God’s love doesn’t stop… over 30 people came and wrapped all the gifts for the kids and set up the room for dinner and gift giving. We are so thankful for everyone. How can it be… two ladies cooked and picked five turkeys for the dinner and Miss Mary made an amazing Christmas dinner for the kids. Special thanks to all our kitchen volunteers. How can this be… one month before our Christmas party we had hardly anything for the kids but God’s people showered us with gifts, love, and kindness. How can it be a local Company has a Christmas party and donated enough toys to fill a 25 passenger bus!  Each year for our Christmas lesson we show a video of the story of Christ’s birth. This year, we also played a short video on kindness. It showed how kindness is contagious. It keeps going. One act starts a chain. So when we think of the Virgin birth, it set off an amazing chain reaction that will continue until the Lord returns. Love and kindness. One last story, one of our 10 year old boys wanted to help Ms. Susan serve ice cream. Ms. Susan brings ice cream for the kids every Saturday because she loves Jesus and his children. On the day we had our C.O.C. store for kids to buy their family Christmas gifts (using C.O.C. bucks) This boy bought a gift for Ms. Susan! I thought to myself, some of these children really understand God’s love and kindness. This boy continued the kindness and love God started with the birth of our Saviour. How blessed we are to have a God that loves us so. Now it is our job to spread the message of love and kindness to a fallen world, Amen.  Magic Show: Sunday, January 28th; BBQ Dinner Included. Doors open at 4:30 contact Steve for ticket info. Prayers: Darlene and Linda health concerns, Ken and Sheila (new missionaries – Leaving in February), Fred, Hank, Phyllis, Mary, Catherine, Jake, Ron F., BJ, Elaine, Jeanine, Joe M., Pam R., Heather, Donna H., Susan’s sister, Mike, Kevin , Shauna, and Andy. Have a Blessed New Year, Steve & Shari Iovino 
One of our girls showing off her new bike from Christmas donations
Party in the Pits before Monster Jam
Allen Nye Gospel Magic Show and Bible Lesson
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