In the rush of summer and Christmas I had a few blogs that never got written! Here is a quick look back at one of our special Christmas projects.
|Giselle, Rachel and I on the day of the Christmas party|
In partnership with another Baptist church in the area, Giselle, Rachel and I went out in early November to do a survey of a very poor neighborhood in the city. As part of the survey we invited the families to special Christmas party where their children would recieve Christmas gifts.
|Neighborhood that we surveyed in November|
We took the names of more than 50 children back to our churches and they were adopted for Christmas. We especially challenged our own church kids with the truth that it is better to give than to recieve. They excitedly selected children to adopt, sometime pairing-up inorder to help another child. It was a blessing to see several of our low-income families selecting children and working to buy gifts for others.
The day of the party, we filled hundreds of hot-dog buns and got everything ready!
The church filled up with well over 100 people. The children and their parents came and heard the true meaning of Christmas...GOD becoming human in order to die for our sins and restore us to a relationship with HIM!
When we gave out the presents, our kids were able to GIVE the gifts they had sacrificed to buy to children they had never met.
When we reflect on ALL that we have received in Christ Jesus...
Gifts we have done NOTHING to deserve...
How can we not give to others?
Please continue to pray for all the families that heard the Gospel. They all live very close to our sister church and we are hoping for more opportunities in 2014 to share the Good News with them.