I have been reflecting on the familiar words of Luke 2:7, “… and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for him in the inn.”
This Advent season, this story is somehow different for me. In October, I was blessed with spending time in Bella Vista, Honduras, where I once again was able to spend time with Carlos and Marina, the Agros beneficiaries who spoke at Tierras de Vida in 2012. As I approached their humble home, Marina held their baby son, Carlitos, in her arms. He was wrapped in a simple cloth diaper and a white t-shirt. Marina handed him to me. This was a happy baby, loved and cared for by two adoring parents who have hope that life will be different. A couple who just four years ago lived in the slums of San Pedro Sula and feared for the lives of their children. A couple who had lost hope when a scam took every dollar they had saved to build a house.
The message of Christmas is one of hope. Hope that the world can be different. Hope that comes in a tiny baby born into the humblest of conditions—a stable surrounded by animals.
May this message of hope fill your Christmas celebration. Please join with us at Agros as this Christmas, we dare to hope for…
• Central America free of poverty
• Children with food to eat and quality education
• Parents with a sustainable means of earning a living above the poverty line
• The promises that come in the birth of the Messiah
Thank you for your ongoing support of the dreams of Agros and all those who partner with us in our work.