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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Christmas in the Villages 2016

Can you believe the Christmas season is upon us?  It's one of our most favorite times of year!! 

We are busy making arrangements and getting all the details set for "Christmas in the Villages". This is our largest (and most fun) outreach of the entire year. Many of you have helped with this outreach in the past, and we appreciate that so much. We need your help again!  And we need you to pass the word onto others so that more people can help us this year!

We are expecting to giveaway Christmas presents to approximately 600 children this year!!

 In the past, each person was assigned a specific child to sponsor and buy presents for.  However, we are changing the way we do it this year to help meet the needs of more children. Instead of buying for a specific child, we are asking that you buy presents for either a boy or girl and a specific age group (infants and toddlers, preschool, elementary, youth). We are doing this for a couple of reasons.

1. More children can be reached this way.
2. No one gets left out. (In the past, if the child did not fill out a Christmas form then they didn't get any presents because we didn't have their information.)
3. The parents can come "shop" for presents that they know their children will like. We will have wrapping paper available so that they can even wrap the presents.  This way the presents are coming from the parents instead of us.
4. If the parents are unable to come to the Christmas party, the children can still pick out presents that they really like.

How can you get involved:

1. You can shop for boys or girls in one of the four age groups (infants/toddlers, preschool, elementary, youth). We are accepting toys and clothes (especially jackets). The items must be NEW! Our goal is for each child to be able to pick out 3 presents, something small and 2 significant gifts.  
2. The items should be shipped to us by December 9th. This means they need to arrive on or before this date so that we have plenty of time to sort through everything and make sure that we have enough.  Our address is: PO Box 2237, Sacaton, AZ 85147.  If you are using UPS or FedEx, please email us and we can give you our physical address.
3. If you do not want to shop for specific presents but would still like to be involved, please send money or gift cards and we will do the shopping.  Wal-Mart and Target gift cards would be the best.

As always, we appreciate your help and support so much! 

If you have any questions, please email us @ liveloveaz@gmail.com


P.S. The Christmas Party dates are December 16-20.  I will do my best to post pictures of the events. The easiest way for me to do that is through Facebook. Please follow Live Love Ministries on Facebook to keep up with the latest updates.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Spring 2016 Newsletter

We had an amazing Spring!  Check out our latest newsletter and see all that God has been doing!

Thank you all for your love, friendship, and support!!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

It's Time to Make it Official

It has been in the works for several months now, but has become officially official within the last few weeks.

Here is the big announcement:

Rick and Chrissy Downing will be joining the Live Love Ministries Team as MSC Missionaries through the North American Mission Board!!

We are extremely excited to have them aboard and cannot wait to see how God will use them here on the reservations!  We have prayed for years that God would send a couple to work alongside us and the Native believers that call this desert home.

Rick and Chrissy have been appointed by NAMB, are selling off their personal possessions , and will be making their way to the Reservation full time early this summer.

The Downings have been traveling back and forth to the Reservations for the last several months and have already begun to build relationships and make plans on how to better make the name of Jesus known among the Gila River Indian Community and the Tohono O'Odham Nation.

They will make their home in Sacaton in the heart of Gila River Indian Community and will work closely with First Pima Baptist Church. They will also begin the process of planting churches in some of the villages that currently have none.

Rick is currently serving as the Missions Pastor at First Baptist Church in Mayfield, KY. Their home church has been very gracious and supportive of their call to the mission field.

Pray for Rick and Chrissy as they begin this new chapter of their life!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Check out our latest Newsletter!

It is hard to believe that 2015 is over and we are over a month into 2016! We wanted to take a moment to share our latest newsletter with you. 

We pray that you are blessed as you see how God is moving among the Native People of Arizona. We are truly amazed at His faithfulness!


The Gibbs Family

Monday, November 2, 2015

Christmas Sponsorships

Wow!  It's hard to believe that it is almost time for Christmas!

We are, once again, going to provide Christmas for several families on the Tohono O'odham Reservation, the Gila River Reservation, and to new refugee families living in Phoenix!!  Last year was such a huge success, and we want to thank those that participated.  Out of all the things (activities, events, etc) that we have done since living here, this is are favorite thing to do hands down.  It is such a joy to see a child's face light up when they see that someone cared enough about them to get them specific presents that they need!

We are once again sponsoring children from 3 villages on the Tohono O'odham Reservation:  Chuichu, Cockleburr, and Kohatk, and we are adding an additional village this year-Tat Mamoli (aka Jackrabbit). There will also be several children that need sponsorships in  Sacaton!!  We are also adding several families this year from Phoenix!!! The families are originally from Congo (the country our daughter is from) and are new to the United States, as they have just moved here in 2015 as refugees.  We are expecting to be able to provide Christmas (with your help of course) to around 250 children.  For many of these children, the presents that they get through this ministry will be the only presents that they receive. 
Isn't she just precious?

Please do not miss out on this opportunity to be involved in a child's life this Christmas!!!!!

Here's what you need to do to get involved:

1. Contact us either by email (liveloveaz@gmail.com) or on facebook or by phone to let us know how many children you would like to provide Christmas for. Please pass this along to your church, small group, youth group, etc.  We have at least 250 kids that we need to provide for.

2. After we hear from you, we will email you a list of things you should know specific to the child. We have already passed out forms for the families to fill out.  You will know specific details such as age of the child, size of clothes and shoes, specific interests or toys that the child likes, and anything they are in need of.

3. Then you may either shop and buy the presents or send us the money that you would like to put forth for the presents.  We give this option because we know that everyone is different in how they like to do things.  We know that some people love to actually pick out the presents themselves (it feels more real this way and like they are apart of your family), but we also know that some people live across the country and prefer not to spend the money on shipping the presents to us.  Although the majority of people chose to actually buy the presents and send them last year, we still had about 20 that chose to just send the money and let us do the buying.  This is completely up to you and your family/church/Sunday school class/small group.  Either way you choose will be appreciated!!!

4. We don't really give a certain amount of money that you have to spend, but we ask that you at least get the child some clothes and at least one thing that is fun or that they are interested in.  I would say the majority of people spend around $50 per child.  If you want to do more, that is fine. We just ask that you don't go overboard.  Most children will have brothers and sisters and we don't want one child to have an Xbox and the other child to get a book.  Does that make sense?

Also, it seems silly to have to say this, but please make sure the presents that you send are NEW.  Our goal in providing the children Christmas presents is not just so they have something to open up on Christmas morning.  Our goal is to share Christ with them and their families. We make contact with many families during this Christmas ministry that we otherwise would not be able to.  If we give them hand-me-downs or used presents for Christmas, the message we send is that they are not worth our best.  We want them to feel like they are apart of our family.  We want them to know that they are valued and loved.  We want them to know that God sent his best- His Son Jesus to Earth to be born and live and ultimately die for us and them.  We want them to understand that the reason we love them and buy them presents for Christmas is because of the overflow of love we have for them because of the love God has for us.  We want them to know Jesus too!!!

5. The deadline for sending us money or presents is Monday, December 7.  This means that we need them at our house by this date. Please do not mail them on this date.   We need at least a week to sort through all the presents, purchase those that have sent the money, wrap the presents, etc. before we hand them out.   Our address is: PO Box 2237, Sacaton, AZ 85147.  If you would like to use UPS or FedEx please get in contact with us for our physical address.

6. Please fill free to send cards or letters to the child as well.  You don't have to do this, but I think the child and family would enjoy it.

7. Several people asked last year if they could also send something that could be for the whole family to enjoy.  Of course you can!  This is not something that you have to do, but feel free if you would like.

After all the presents are in and sorted and wrapped, we will have a special service in each of the villages/locations December 18-24. We are going to have a church service to share the true meaning of Chrismas, and then pass out the presents to each child.  I promise to take lots of pictures and try to capture what it was like to be there.
*****You may choose to send the presents to us wrapped or unwrapped this year. If you choose to wrap them, please include a list of items that the child will receive.  This will help us when we sort them into families to make sure each child in the family gets about the equal amount and quality.  Also, when labeling presents, please just write the child's name.  It is not necessary to write who the present is from.*****

 If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in contact with us. 
New Way To Sponsor this Year
Many people over the years have asked how they can help sponsor some of the adults in the family.  This year we have a way to sponsor 10 adults!
Eric has been asked and approved by Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (the seminary he graduated from) to start a Contextualized Leadership Development program on the reservation.  These classes will be training leaders in ministry.  Some of the classes include: Old Testament, New Testament, Evangelism and Missions, Church Planting, Church History, Preaching/Teaching, etc.  Once the students complete their classes, they will receive a Diploma in Christian Ministry and actually graduate! We are so very excited about this new program that will begin in January!
Although this a volunteer position for Eric, the seminary does charge tuition for the students.  Each student will need to pay $100 to start the semester and begin classes.  If you would be interested in helping an adult further their education in ministry, please let us know.  What a great Christmas present this would be for them!!

 We look forward to hearing from you and seeing God be glorified through you this Christmas!