Sun Ministries' missionaries and volunteers embraced the Christmas season with an attitude of service. We participated in Alderman Freeman Bosley, Sr.'s Hyde Park Christmas Party on December 17, helping them obtain turkeys, set up and tear down the party, and being available throughout the night where ever needed. In addition, we handed out some handmade and donated scarves, hats, and gloves to the kids. The party is held for some of the poorest in the Third Ward, and many toys and bikes were given away.
A week later, we assisted the Alderman in bagging up groceries for Christmas dinners for needy families. We feel (and find to be true) that part of pastoring a community and uniting people is being available to serve wherever needed, as well as coming alongside those already serving. This way we get to know the community top to bottom, inside and out.
We have also been greatly blessed by successful sales of our latest product, the Coffee Bag Christmas Stocking. Hopefully you were lucky enough to receive one Christmas morning.
We end the year with much anticipation for the next, looking forward to many new projects. We will start expermenting with new products in January; we will continue to pursue our plans for urban gardening, and further develop ways we can empower people in the community.