Dearest Friends,

Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break and can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention and love.

“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” – John 15:12-13

The grace and humble love expressed by Jesus Christ on his last hours on earth still overwhelms us two thousand years later: His mercy, courage and forgiveness while carrying his cross to the death is something that should never be forgotten. Following his example is the only way to true peace in our world.

This Easter, we’d like to give you a small gift in remembrance of that. These little hearts are hand-crafted by the well-known L’Arche (Ma’an Lil-Hayat) community – people with intellectual disabilities who nevertheless find joy and purpose with creation of these beautiful felted products.

Designed to be ornaments for a Christmas tree, these cute felt hearts can also be hung year round as a reminder of Christ’s love. They are also a special way to keep the people in Bethlehem in your heart and prayers. For every $20 spent in the Star Bazaar (excl. cost of shipping, books and discounted items) between now and April 30, 2020 we will add one heart to your order as a special gift from us as a way to show you our gratitude for your support and prayers. And if you end up with a lot “extra hearts,” please feel free to share the love with others. Love inten- tionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is in you which is the love of Christ. That’s what it is all about.

May “mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you” (Jude 1:2) this year and always, in Christ our Lord.

Happy Easter!