Newsletter this month
Here in Canada, January is generally the coldest and snowiest month of the year. Where I live, near London, Ontario, winter started early this year. It seems like every year, the arrival of cold weather and snow seems to catch us all off guard. I’ve always wondered why that was, especially for those of us who have lived our whole lives with the inevitable change of seasons. We should be well accustomed to winter. But for most of us the cold still seems to seep into our bones and make us want huddle away inside.
However you feel about winter with its accompanying cold and snow, most people living in Canada don’t really have to worry about surviving through the chilly weather. I am so grateful that when the weather gets colder outside, I can trust our furnace to come on and heat our home. By the grace of God, I have a warm place to sleep, warm clothing and blankets.
But what if I had no automatic gas furnace? What if my clothing and blankets were threadbare? What if I all I had in my home was a makeshift wood fired cookstove and I had to scavenge for wood to stay warm? Or, what if I just didn’t have enough money to pay for both food and heat. What if there was no relief from the cold even inside my home? How sad would it be if I couldn’t keep my children warm and safe?
So many people in Ukraine simpy don’t have the luxury of reliable heat in winter. The climate in Ukraine is very similar to ours. They get below freezing temperatures in the winter too. In my experience, people in Ukraine either live in apartments with central gas heating that they cannot afford or they don’t have furnaces at all and use a wood cook stove for heat.
Seeing how people live in Ukraine, especially in the winter, always breaks my heart. Quite honestly, I can’t sit in my own nice warm home all winter while images of families huddled away in tiny, broken-down, cold homes are seared into my memory. I have to DO something about it. So this winter, we will be providing high quality wool blankets to help keep people warm. For only $42 each, you can provide a blanket for somone in need.
I believe that you and I, friend, are God’s agents of change in this world. We have the opportunity to share the love of God to the world around us. So this month, as you cuddle down in your blankets, put on your sweater, or turn up your thermostat, please just pause for a moment and think of those that don’t have that luxury. You can be the difference between bitter cold and warmth for someone this winter.
Together in Christ’s Service,