Christ is in our midst!
Because of The Lord's guidance and blessings and all of your prayers, support,and generous donations Panaghia’s Pantry Christmas brought smiles and joy to 52 children in a small village who would have gone without a visit from Papa Noel (Santa).
The village we visited had never had a visit from Papa Noel and his elves before. We had gone door to door asking the names and ages, 1-12, of the children, and whether they were a boy or girl. Even the parents had no idea Papa Noel was going to make a visit until he and his elves arrived on December 23rd.
The surprise and excitement was contagious. Some children came running, embracing Papa Noel, others who were a bit uncertain at first when realizing what was happening were happy!
Also there were gifts for 12 grandchildren and the youngest son of our dear volunteer team member Maritza who passed away on November 15 after a short battle with cancer, she was 54 years old. She is dearly missed by her family, by the Panaghia’s Pantry team and so many more. These gifts brought them some joy during this difficult time, thank you!
Each child from 3-12 received a string backpack that was made to order and in it was a new outfit, school supplies, a small toy and of course a bag of treats. 1-2 year olds received an outfit, a small toy, and a package of baby wipes.
Also, Panaghia’s Pantry visited 7 families in Manglaralto and they received much needed food for a Christmas meal, each family received a bag of food containing dry goods, fresh vegetables, some oil and ½ of a chicken. They were so very grateful and said they pray that the blessings of all the people who make this help possible be multiplied!
We look forward to the New Year 2024 and the continued blessing of these beautiful ministries that help so many.
Much love from all of our volunteer team Ecuador!
May God continue to bless each and everyone of you with health, happiness and love.
Love in Christ,