Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Greg's December 2013 Newsletter
Merry Christmas from
I hope this newsletter finds you well and that you are enjoying the holiday & Christmas seasons. As we near the end of 2013, I hope you take time to reflect on this past year so that, as you look back, you will be able to see God’s hand watching over you: guiding, protecting, strengthening, comforting, consoling, and providing for you. For me it is usually in hindsight that I see God’s hand and faithfulness in my life, and as much as I try to be aware of it in the present, it is so often only when I look back that I see it and wonder how I had missed it along the way. So as we come to the end of 2013, we might reflect back and see all sorts of ways 2013 could have been “better”: ‘if only this or that had never happened…’ or ‘if only I would have been able to avoid this or that situation…or handled this or that situation differently.’ There are a million ways 2013 probably could have been “better” but we often do not think about the millions of ways it could have been worse. If you have a job, income, a college degree, a family who loves and cares about you, friends who love and care about you, a roof over your head, clothes on your back, a refrigerator, food in the pantry, a car, a computer, a tv,…or any number of these things, like I do, then friends we are among the most fortunate, blessed, and wealthy people on the face of the earth. I don’t bring this up to make us all feel guilty, but rather to help us simply recognize and remember how much we have to be grateful for. God has blessed us in so many ways but we tend to overlook them, which makes us feel like God hasn’t done anything for us lately; but if we will just open our eyes to see…all that He has given us, the only proper response is to be grateful and thank Him. I pray this Christmas, as we say good-bye to 2013, that you are able to do just that.
FIRST: We found out our car is going to cost $2,400 to fix! One of our cars broke down about 9-10 weeks ago and it turns out it will cost $2,400 so if you are able to make a special one-time donation to help us pay for it, we would be extremely grateful! The directions on how to give can be found in the final paragraph below. The reason the car is so important for us is that almost all our ministry is dependent on cars, so it really hinders us in the way we connect or not with everyone we work with and reach out to. For example: since I have been without the car I have not been able to surf or skate much at all, which means I lose contact with the surfers and skaters we are always trying to reach. So again, if you are able to help us pay for this by giving a one-time gift to help us cover the cost, we could be extremely grateful. Here’s a picture from in front of the skatepark in Las Companías, when our car was loaded with skateboards and enjoying better days:
SECOND: We have 2 missions-teams coming this summer so please pray for their time here. One is from
, and comes every summer
to help with out sports outreaches; and the other is a team of skaters from Brazil . Please pray God would
use each of them powerfully among the people here this summer (Jan-Feb). California
FINALLY: As always there are 3 ways you may give financially to Fuego Urbano. For Automatic Monthly Online Donations you may sign up for amounts of $25, $50, $100, or $200 per month. Just go to the right side of my Blog (http://greghaugh.blogspot.com) where it says ‘Recurring Donation’ and adjust drop-down menu to the amount you’d like to give each month; then click ‘Subscribe’ and it will take you through the process. One-Time Online Donations are available as well: click the ‘Donate’ button on my Blog just below where it says ‘1-Time Donation’ and it will take you through the process. Or if you prefer Personal Checks you can make them out to ‘Fishers of Men Fellowship’ and mail them to: Fishers of Men Fellowship,
PO Box 9284, Newport Beach, CA 92658. And all donations are fully tax-deductible.
Thanks so much…we all wish you a Merry Christmas from
Greg Haugh & Jose, Gislaine, Gabriel, and Gean-Felipe Eyzaguirre