When I first started leading teams of volunteers to put winter boots on kids in Eastern European orphanages fifteen years ago, we encountered the most dismal and hopeless circumstances. Even though we traveled just before Christmas, it was as if the Grinch of oppression had stolen away all the joy of the season. Forget about Christmas decorations; where we went electricity, coal, and food were in short supply. But volunteers always brought lots of happiness and light with their presence and gifts to the children. Gradually, Christmas decorations began to appear, even in the orphanages – sparse but nevertheless an attempt to recognize the season.Now when we travel to Eastern Europe fifteen years later, it is sparkling with Christmas décor. It always reminds me of the light CERI brings into the lives of those hit hard with the struggles of life. Where once there was little hope and much despair, Christ offers a solution! I know you want to be part of what we do, and I encourage you to make a generous gift in the spirit of all that Christmas means to help a child or family. You cannot know the difference your gift will have on lives, but we can give in faith believing the Lord will multiply many times over its impact. Thank you for your faithfulness.Wishing you a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Would you believe December is around the corner? It may seem far away, but December will be here before you know it. Each December CERI travels to Eastern Europe with teams of mission volunteers to fit orphaned children, youth, and adults with disabilities with brand new warm, winter boots.Kids 'n Boots is a signature project of CERI's, reaching thousands of children and youth every year. This year will be no different. Mission teams are almost complete as volunteer applications keep pouring in. Now, we just need to reach our goal so we can purchase new boots. $25 buys and delivers one pair of warm, winter boots to a child in need.We will again purchase boots from the Zorile Shoe Factory in Moldova, stimulating one of Europe's poorest economies. As teams return to Moldova again this year, we are humbled by your gifts to support this project. Thank you for your faithfulness to CERI and the children we serve!How many children will you clothe with winter warmth this Christmas season?
Summer is officially upon us! For many of us, that means plans for a summer of fun with friends and family, ocean and waves, picnics and BBQs, hikes at dawn, and ballgames at the park. For CERI, summer means mission trips traveling the globe to help children in need.This summer CERI will be in Moldova for the sponsor trip, a special opportunity for child sponsors to spend quality time with the children and youth they support through child sponsorships. Also in Moldova, teams from across the U.S. will travel in and out of the country all summer long conducting fun summer camps for children and youth.Teams will also serve in Mexico and Paraguay through medical missions, while teams return to South Africa and Sri Lanka to plant sustainable trench gardens and encourage the continued development and growth of CERI’s microenterprise program.Mission season comes to an end with our December Kids ‘n Boots mission to Moldova where teams of volunteers personally fit children in need with brand new warm, winter boots. In order to be ready for Kids ‘n Boots this December, CERI must kick off fundraising with ‘Christmas in July.’ Will you help us jumpstart our goal?Your gifts continue to impact children and youth in need around the globe! Thank you for trusting CERI to be a vessel of your generosity to the world. On behalf of the those we serve every single day…Gracias ~ Multumesc ~ Ngiyabonga
Each year before Christmas, Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI) travels to Eastern Europe with teams of U.S. Volunteers who outfit children who are orphaned and deprived with brand new warm, winter boots, socks, hats, and scarves. This year will be no different. In December, teams will depart for Moldova to distribute boots among the poorest villages throughout the country.
Raising money to buy boots is a year-long endeavor, and your generosity makes all the difference in the world. Would you believe that gifts for Kids 'n Boots are already coming in? It's the dedication of donors like you who make the work CERI does day-after-day, year-after-year possible. Thank you again for your year-round support of CERI's worthwhile Kids 'n Boots project!
Wow, what a trip... THANK YOU for your gifts to Kids 'n Boots! Because of your generosity, the 2013 Kids 'n Boots Mission was a huge success. Over 3,000 boots were successfully delivered to children and youth in Romania AND Ukraine. In spite of some unexpected twists and turns, here's what happened:
Teams in Romania faced the challenge of getting boots through customs. But as with every mission, the Lord always provides. We received word from CERI Senior Missions Advisor Dr. Dearing Garner on Monday, December 9, that boots were released from customs just three minutes before customs offices closed! What's more, because our project was humanitarian aid, our shipment made it through customs without being taxed!
While teams in Romania were making up for lost time after the delay at customs, Ukraine teams were working vigorously to distribute boots around L'viv. This was not without its own challenges, however. The political situation in Ukraine has been rather precarious in recent weeks due to former Soviet pressures. As a result, citizens were expressing their ire through public demonstrations. Fortunately, CERI teams were safe and distributed boots in areas away from local protests.
Please join us in rejoicing this Christmas season over another successful Kids 'n Boots mission! We invite you to continue your support of this worthy mission by making an end-of-year donation to our Kids 'n Boots 2014 mission to Moldova. Thank you again!
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