Hope flowering in shanty town... and prison
A young girl in a shanty town receives a Christmas gift, thanks to generous supporters. Photo: Jill Ball/CMS
This Christmas, 130 children in the deprived area of Laura Flores, Ecuador, received bags of bags full of donated sweets and biscuits, thanks to generous supporters.
A further 36 people took home bags of clothes and toys.
Mission partner Jill Ball, who has worked in this area for years, is grateful to God for transformation she sees take place in this community built on a rubbish dump:
"A new church is being planted and with it a social programme with literacy and skills training to help people overcome addictions and poverty.
"It is hard to know where the church part ends and the charity starts; it's all one work, what they call 'holistic ministry' – a posh way of saying we minister to body and soul."
Jesus' birth celebrated behind bars in Nepal
Celebrating the freedom Jesus’ birth brings - even in a Nepali prison. Photo: NMCN
While we are rounding up news of Christmas ministries that keep developing throughout the year, dozens of prisoners in Palpa, Nepal, got a nutritious meal and a chance to hear the gospel this Christmas, thanks to Timothy mission partners Bishnu Gyanwall and Dev Kumar Khadka.
Dev Kumar spoke about the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus with the prisoners and they all prayed together.
This Christmas meal has become an annual event for the past few years, since Bishnu began his fruitful prison ministry.
Many prisoners have been baptised and several church fellowships started behind bars.
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Published: 08:39 05 June 2012 | 1157 viewsLast updated: 18 May 2012 See other stories in these categories: News: Mission partners, MISSION UPDATE, Latin America, Asia, News: Timothy partners