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Merry Christmas from InnerCHANGE! In this issue hear a bit about the transformation we've seen on the ground this year and find out about upcoming summer opportunities. 
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“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  
And an angel of the Lord appeared to them,
and the glory of the Lord shone around them,
and they were filled with great fear.
 
And the angel said to them,
“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy
that will be for all the people!”
  
Luke 2:8-10

Can’t you see the angel smiling? 
This was God saying, “Merry Christmas!” to these sleepy, unsuspecting shepherds.  How wonderful is it that the first ever Christmas greeting was given to a group so humble and meek as this?  We in InnerCHANGE have the joy and privilege of keeping that tradition alive as we live and work in forgotten and marginalized places around the world.
We hope you enjoy our own Christmas greeting in this little video.  So from our family to yours, Merry Christmas!
Working for Transformation

Though there are many common threads as we labor for kingdom transformation with our neighbors on the margins, the particular needs in our communities around the world are so diverse. For this reason, our members are engaged in many different kinds of initiatives in order that we may see His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Here are some of the ways we have invested this year:
  • Partnered with a property management company that provides dignified, safe housing for those in need
  • Conducted grief workshops for 3rd grade kids whose teacher was murdered in the barrio
  • Created interfaith youth events, bringing Christian and Muslim teens together to build friendships and understanding
  • Initiated a pastors' network in the slum
  • Started several Discovery Bible Studies with those who don’t believe in Jesus
  • Developed a toddlers' church at the local orphanage
  • Created a graffiti art space for the local community
  • Tutored a group of East African elders
  • Coached key leaders who hold Bible studies in villages; visiting them regularly to mentor and disciple new believers throughout the countryside
  • Started a fair trade business serving artisans in developing countries
  • Held weekly pancakes in the park with the homeless
  • Continued the development of a therapy center for disabled children
  • Engaged in juvenile hall ministry serving incarcerated youth
  • Started an English school as a business to train nationals while raising funds for local missionaries
  • Developed a prayer initiative, praying for and blessing community members
  • Helped with a mothers' group for young, single moms to learn activities with their children and support one another 
  • Developed street football ministry to interact with local young people
  • Created a whole person health program (including spiritual health) implemented in a local medical practice
  • Continued development of a small business helping to support people with AIDS
Praise God with us for all that He is doing in our communities!
summerXchange Is On Its Way!  

We know it seems kind of crazy to be thinking about summer at Christmastime. It's sort of like when stores start putting out Christmas decorations in September. We're not quite ready for that yet. But, indeed, many of our teams are already in the midst of planning to host summer interns and applications to join are now available!

Are you looking for a way to serve among the poor this summer? Or do you know someone else who may be? summerXchange is a 40-day journey in the life of an InnerCHANGE team.

Check out these great opportunities for Summer 2015:
Wel hope you'll consider joining us for a season or encouraging someone you know to do so! To keep updated, follow us on Twitter @summerxchange.
 
Thanks for reading! Again, may you experience the beauty of the incarnation afresh this year. As always, we welcome your comments.
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