If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.Proverbs: 21:13

Now the work of Christmas begins…

Destitute, seventh-grader Howard Thurman sat down and wept.

Grandson of an enslaved woman in segregated Florida, he spent his last cent on train fare to reach high school in Jacksonville, only to be dismayed to learn baggage was extra.

Then, a black man in overalls, passing by without a word, paid to ship Thurman’s trunk.

Thurman dedicated his autobiography “to the stranger in the railroad station in Daytona Beach who restored my broken dream 65 years ago.”

Thurman’s example and his book, Jesus and the Disinherited, charted the non-violent path for the US civil rights movement.

A dear friend sent us Thurman’s poem, The Work of Christmas (1), which helps chart our path ahead into 2016:

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:

To find the lost,

Your support helped our dreamer team find and distribute warm clothing to scattered refugees.

Two friends hugging
Equally important as warm clothes is the warm touch of relationship

To heal the broken,

Your investment helps fund medical assistance to a displaced autistic child.

To feed the hungry,

Your gift provides daily bread for a family enduring under shellfire and siege.

To release the prisoner,

Your aid sustains volunteer outreach offering gifts and sincere relationship to prisoners.

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Riding toward a prison compound to visit the prisoners.

To rebuild the nations,

Your contributions supports a volunteer network serving the mentally challenged with tangible aid across their war torn country.

To bring peace among others,

Your solidarity with youth volunteers enables them to bridge sectarian divisions together to rebuild bombed-out homes.

To make music in the heart.

Your help with transport and snacks refreshes joy at group celebrations of mentally challenged refugees.

dancing
Joy overflows in dance.

Join us in stopping to do the kind deed that restores the broken dreams of destitute children – just like that boy Howard Thurman weeping alone in a train station.

Please consider making a financial contribution by December 31st.

 

Celebrating Christmas all year long,
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Vice President of Program Development
Dreams InDeed

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