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Unto Us a Child is Born

Dear Friends,

We each have a unique story. Your story and your family story is no different! The original Christmas story offers an invitation to remind us and our kids of the hope and joy of Jesus’ birthday, Christmas.

As you prepare for the holiday season, I want to invite you to reflect on what Christ might be saying to you on HIS Birthday.

Be intentional with your kids in giving thanks for the blessings God has given you and your family. One such opportunity is to give them the children's book: FROM ORPHAN TO MISSIONARY, by Giselle Imperio about the life and ministry of Norma Nashed. Not only this will help them be thankful for their blessings, but the revenue from the book will feed hungry children/orphans around the world.

You can obtain the book at any Adventist Book Center, or you can write to me with any donation to feed hungry children this Christmas, and I will send it to you immediately. We will give 50% discount for the order of 10 books or more. This will make the best Christmas gifts to your children, their friends, and your grandchildren.

Merry Christmas,


Cell: (240) 393 7712


Restore a Child is filled with joy and Gratitude this Christmas Season for more reasons than one. We are now registered officially as a non-profit in Canada... Restore a Child Canadian Chapter.

Here is the Christmas message from Dr. Sharon Aka, the Chair of the Restore a Child Canadian Chapter.

Dear Friends,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! What a wonderful time of the year! I can’t help but reflect on God’s abundant blessings in spite of the turbulent state of our world today.

I am excited to announce that in late November, the Government of Canada approved our Restore A Child Canadian Chapter (RAC-CC) application to be a registered non-profit organization! We are thrilled at the opportunity to advance the cause of RAC in Canada! Watch for more exciting RAC-CC news as we get started in the new year.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the RAC-CC board. We represent a wide variety of professions and Provinces. We wish you Christ’s greatest peace as you celebrate His birth.

Sharon Aka


Board Chair: Sharon Aka, PhD, MSN, RN

Sharon is an Associate Professor of Leadership in the School of Leadership at Andrews University. She also maintains a Consultant role with the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Sharon is a board member of the RAC-US Chapter, and a Co-Chair for the Camp Frenda (Adventist youth camp & conference center in Ontario) Alumni Association. currently represents RAC-CC from Maryland (home is Ontario, Canada).


Board Secretary:

Lara Melachenko, MS

Lara is the President and CEO of Elevate2Excellence, providing education and leadership consulting to multiple organizations. She has experience as a curriculum expert, supervenient of education, K-12 principle, and science teacher. She currently represents RAC-CC from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


Board Treasurer:

Ron Satelmayer

Ron is the President of Rainbow LeisureScapes, providing backyard fun for the entire family. Ron and his wife Julie represent RAC-CC from Burlington, Ontario, Canada.


Gerry Karst

Gerry Karst is a retired Vice President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and has served the church in numerous roles over several decades. His dedication to ministry and service. His in-depth knowledge of non-profit impact within the global church, makes him a valuable member of RAC-CC. Gerry represents RAC-CC from Ooltewah, Tennessee, USA.


Julie Satelmayer (Karst)

Julie is Vice President of Rainbow LeisureScapes, working alongside her husband. She represents RAC-CC from Burlington, Ontario, Canada.


Allan Handysides, MB, ChB

Dr. Handysides is a retired physician with a rich history in mission and service within the Seventh-day Adventist denomination. Prior to retiring, he most recently served as the Director of the Health Ministries Department at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Dr. Handysides represents RAC-CC from West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.


Kandus Thorp

Kandus and her husband Brad co-founded the Seventh-day Adventist church’s global Hope Channel International television network. Kandus is an accomplished speaker, producer, musician, and is well-known for her creative excellence. Kandus represents RAC-CC from British Columbia (BC), Canada and supports her husband in his role of President of the BC Conference.


Barry Bussey

Barry is the President and CEO of First Freedoms Foundation (Canada). He has been involved with charity and religious freedom issues for over 29 years. He has argued religious freedom cases at all levels of court in Canada from tribunals to the Supreme Court of Canada. He has studied theology, law, political science, and peace & conflict studies. He currently supports RAC-CC from Ontario.




To hear the inspiring story of this shepherd boy, click on the video of Jakon to receive a wonderful blessing this Christmas.


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