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Dec 18, 2012

The Gift of Love Here on Earth

Clients at our 2012 Outreach
Clients at our 2012 Outreach

Our girls are participating in a Christmas outreach this year. Why? Because to be loved is wonderful, but learning how to love others is extraordinary; it is both healing and transformative-- the very stuff that can change one's life trajectory forever.

For those of you who do not know me, my name is Bickey Lloyd and I work for Compassion First. I just returned from Indonesia. My recent visit was supposed to be short, mainly to gather information for our "Holy Night" Christmas campaign that we are coordinating for impoverished cemetery sex-workers (see more info below). Somehow my ten day stay turned into four weeks and I was set to the task of coordinating Christmas activities for the clients of Ruth's House.

I LOVE Christmas! Christmas is all about family, friends, eating, laughing and most importantly about the fulfillment of an incredible gift--the gift of love here on earth.

For some, like the clients in Ruth's House, Christmas is not as special. Some of the girls have very broken families, and broken little spirits.

When I looked at the girls and spent time with them, I could not help but see my younger self. They are teenagers, struggling with the loss of their childhood and dealing very courageously with their trauma inflicted wounds.

I was just like them when I was younger-- but something, someone, changed the trajectory of my life forever. What changed my life was not something necessarily spoken, it was not hammered into my skull, I was not told that I needed to be disciplined, that I had a rebellious spirit, and that I should change my attitude for the betterment of my soul.  What changed my life was experiencing, seeing, and most importantly, participating in the gift of love.

Two days ago, the girls and staff of Ruth's House brought handmade crafts, gifts and activities for the children of Sayap Kasih--a small orphanage housing disabled children. Altogether, they sang and played their little hearts out to all our favorite Christmas songs. You can view a short slideshow of our first Ruth's House Christmas Outreach 2012 here!  

Already, the CF Staff is seeing incredible changes. The girls have all asked if they can go back to Sayap Kasih on a regular basis, and one of our clients actually asked if she could adopt a child she had especially connected with. She now knows what love is-- and that is what Christmas is all about--the gift of love here on earth.

Your contributions keep this transformational work going. Please consider a Year-End contribution and may you and your families have a wonderful Holiday Season!

 

Bickey Lloyd

Client Making a Handmade Craft for the children.
Client Making a Handmade Craft for the children.
Clients at our 2012 Outreach
Clients at our 2012 Outreach
Clients at our 2012 Outreach
Clients at our 2012 Outreach
Compassion First Staff & Clients at Outreach
Compassion First Staff & Clients at Outreach
Client Making a Handmade Craft for the Children.
Client Making a Handmade Craft for the Children.

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Compassion First

Beaverton, OR, United States
http://compassionfirst.org

Project Leader

Mary Waldrip

Assistant to Bickey Lloyd
Beaverton, OR Indonesia

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