It was Christmas in April! Churches in Armenia received Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes in April after a long delay due to Covid. Chris and Cristi Haylett serve with Iglesia Nueva Esperanza (New Hope Church) alongside Pastor Jorge and his wife Kristina. Their church received 80 boxes and hosted three events where they presented the gospel to children and their parents. What a joy for the children! Many children responded to the message and indicated a desire for a relationship with Jesus. They loved the gift boxes and many seemed to receive “just what they wanted.” From art supplies for a girl who loves to draw to a boy receiving a few dollars that he used to help feed his family, the kids were overwhelmed with the gifts. The church serves an impoverished community, so it was exciting to see God bless and provide spiritually and physically through the shoeboxes. The Sunday after the evangelistic events, two new families came to church. Praise God for bringing them. The church is now following up with a 12-week discipleship curriculum from Samaritan’s Purse called La Gran Aventura (The Great Adventure).
Pray for the children and their parents who came to the Operation Christmas Child evangelistic events. Pray that God will use the seed that was planted through the message of the gospel to bring them to salvation. We also ask you to keep in prayer the children and youth who are going through the 12 week discipleship course now through the end of July. Pray that they will have hearts and minds ready to learn and understand all that God will teach them through this study, that they will grasp how much God loves them and how precious they are to Him, that they will grow in their faith and relationship with God, and most importantly that their hearts, minds, and lives will be transformed by and for Christ. Please pray for Chris, Cristi, Pastor Jorge, and his wife Kristina as we teach this curriculum to the youth and for two ladies in our church, Diana and Marcela as they teach the children.