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December 2013 Merry Christmas!

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ICC Alumni Graduate Nursing Program
Two sisters, both of whom grew up at our ICC Guatemala children’s village, Los Pinos, have recently graduated from the first level of nursing school.

These two young ladies are a shining example of the reason we place such a high value on education here at ICC. It is because education is THE best weapon against poverty and the single best way that we can ensure that our kids have the future they deserve.

It is through, and because of, your generous support that we can provide a high-quality education to all our kids at each children’s village. Thank you for being part of their lives!

Please join us in congratulating and celebrating Sylvia and Ana on their graduation.

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The Eyes Of Christmas
A special message is being presented for your personal assessment. Doug Congleton, ICC’s executive director, is making an appeal that you will want to read.

Doug talks about his personal experiences while visiting our children’s villages and how he has seen first-hand how your contributions and sponsorships are creating a real future for the children of ICC.

Please read Doug’s message and consider what you can do for “His Kids” as this year comes to a close.

Read Doug’s Message! >

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Your Window Of Opportunity Fast Closing!
Did you know that better than thirty percent of our annual funds are donated between December first and the end of the year on December thirty-first?!

We bring this fact to your attention so that you may understand how vital is your support during this final month of the year. We are asking that you our supporters—whether you’re new or a supporter of many years—prayerfully consider your year-end giving plans as concerns the children of ICC.

Without you and your continuing advocacy we cannot keep on providing the loving, Christian homes upon which our children rely. And as you now understand the month of December is critical to the support of ICC and “His Kids.”

Please prayerfully consider what you are able to, and can do, to secure the future of our children.

Please make a donation today! >

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Last Chance for Christmas Ornaments!
Did you know that ICC has been caring for orphaned children for 35 years?! To commemorate this auspicious anniversary, we’ve created a special edition of our ICC Christmas ornaments for 2013.

Each year we offer to you a unique way to help support our Children’s Christmas Fund. This fund helps us provide a special Christmas dinner for the children. We raise the funds for this annual event through the sale of limited-edition Christmas ornaments.

This year in order to honor our 35 years in ministry, we’ve added a distinctive logo to each of the ornaments. By purchasing one of these ornaments you will be ensuring that our children have an exceptional Christmas!

Remember, these ornaments are produced in limited quantities and once they’re all sold, no more will be available. Get yours before Christmas!

Get your limited-edition ornament! >

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Final Call For Vital Supplies!
We need your help to send a shipping container full of much-needed supplies to our Patmos Children’s Village in the DR Congo. We’re planning to deliver this container as soon as we are able providing all goes as planned and not without your help.

Here's how you can make a huge difference for “His Kids!” Make a donation of materials or funds so we can send these vital supplies to our children. Read the article at the first link for more details or use the second link to download our needs list directly. Thanks for all you do for “His Kids!”

Learn the details of how you can help! >

Download the needs list here >

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ICC’s Online Store Has Gift Items!
ICC has added new items to our online gift catalog! You can now purchase quality hats and mugs branded with the ICC logo from our online store.

These hats and mugs are noteworthy additions to our catalog. Remember, all proceeds from the sale of these items are used to fund the budgets of our children’s programs.

We’ve been working diligently to find items that our ICC family would appreciate for their personal use, or to give as meaningful gifts. What better way to support “His Kids” than to get a great gift for yourself or a loved one or friend?

Plus, and most important, the children of ICC will benefit from any and all of your purchases. Please make your order from our online catalog today!

Peruse our catalog and support our kids!

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What’s In The Next Qué Pasa?
In the December 2013 Qué Pasa Joel Reyes has written an article discussing the future of those children who have been adversely effected by Typhoon Haiyan. Following is an excerpt:

“The Philippines is a very poor nation made up of a little over seven thousand small islands, situated in what geologists call the Ring of Fire. It is also home to over thirty active volcanoes. Earthquakes and powerful storms are common in this part of the world and the Filipino people have learned to cope with it, yet no one could have prepared them for what befell them on November Eighth.”

You can read Joel’s letter and much more in the December 2013 Qué Pasa. Look for it in your mailbox!

How would you like to get a digital copy of the December 2013 Qué Pasa? One that you can read on your computer, tablet or smart phone? Click on the following link and you’ll be able read the Qué Pasa in PDF form. Enjoy!

Download the December 2013 Qué Pasa >

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Sponsors Tell Us Your Stories
We have a recurring feature which is now running in both the Informateur and the Qué Pasa. We are telling stories from our sponsors about how, through ICC, their lives have been personally affected by making one or more of “His Kids” part of their family.

We truly would love to hear your story! Please tell us about your experience as a sponsor. Send an email or letter to Doug Congleton, ICC’s executive director, relating your personal journey while sponsoring an ICC child.

Please send your story to Doug >

ICC Logo None of this work would be possible without those who have committed their efforts to saving and changing the lives of “His Kids.” The children of ICC want to thank you from the bottom of their hearts for making a difference in their lives.

Occasionally when we call for funds for a specific need we receive more in donations than we requested. In those instances when we have received more money than we solicited, those funds will be placed in “Alcyon’s Angel Fund.”

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Watch ICC Videos On Our Website
You may now view a number of ICC's videos on our website. So please take a few minutes and watch one, or several, of our videos!

Enjoy our videos on our website >

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ICC Engages In Social Media
ICC has both a Facebook page and a blog. We would really appreciate your ‘Liking’ our Facebook page and becoming a regular reader of our blog. You may also subscribe to our blog through an RSS feed. The following links will take you to the appropriate online destinations.

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