Last week our church partnered with Life Christian Mission with a goal to pack 1 million meals to be sent to hungry children in Haiti. There were over 6,000 volunteers. Amazingly, 1, 085,000 meals were packed!!! 3,000 children in Haiti will be able to eat for an entire year. Way to go!! Brian and I packed meals the previous 2 years, but were unable to help this year - we're still adjusting to life with Hudson. It's such a fun, fast paced event. Some facts about Haiti: Haiti has the highest incidence of HIV/AIDS outside of Africa, it is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, approximately 220,000 people died from the earthquake in 2010 and left 1.6 million people homeless, and 90% of children suffer from waterborne illnesses and parasites (info from wikipedia).
picture from one of the nights of meal packing
Also, in November, Southland held its annual Jesus Prom. It's a prom for mentally and physically handicapped individuals. "When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” Luke 14: 13-15 This years theme was Winter Wonderland. Everything was decorated beautifully (I saw some of the pictures). Brian and I love this event, but were unable to help this year because Hudson was only 2 days old. Over 1,000 people attended the prom. (Thank you, Jesus!) 500 dresses and 600 tuxedos were donated and 1500 people volunteered to make the prom happen. I can't wait to help again next year, I really missed it this year. Seeing the faces of the everyone attending the prom is priceless - better than my high school proms, which were a lot of fun.
Here are a few pictures that I took from the prom last year
corsages for all the girls
hair and make-up stations