Each year every one of our registered children in Guatemala and Albania, whether sponsored or not, get a Christmas present from our ministry.
This year there was an additional surprise for the children in Abania! This was the first year of our new partnership with TEAM HOPE IRELAND (www.teamhope.ie) a Christian ‘Christmas Shoebox’ Charity. Team Hope Ireland sends in excess of 250,000 Shoe Boxes all over the world, every Christmas.
This year, as a new partner, Team Hope supplied us with 1300 Shoe Boxes for our children: 800-900 for the registered children who regularly attend our Rodokal, Homezh, Katjel and Kotodesh Feeding Programmes, with the balance to bless children in the new Mokra villages where we’ve been working for the past year/year and a half sharing the Gospel. Our strategy in these new villages has been simple. In one hand we took a food parcel to bless and help needy families, while we had a bible in the other hand to share the Gospel with them. Many groups have come to their villages before, but generally wanting to help only if they got something in return. We, on the other hand, gave without looking for anything in return. This has validated our Gospel message and we have seen many come to faith in Christ in recent days: 16 just before Christmas in Dunice, 8 in October in Trebinje, 4 in September in Trebinje and Kalivac and 18 in Proptisht in August. The Christmas Shoe Boxes is just another way to give, help and bless, whilst at the same time validating our Gospel Message.
In addition every child received a copy of a small CEF booklet called ‘Takoje Mbretin’ (Meet the King) – the story of Jesus from birth to His ascension. Please pray that the children will read these little Gospel leaflets and that as the seed of the Gospel is planted in their hearts, in due course the Lord would reap a harvest.
In Guatemala the team was very busy during the first two weeks of December blessing all the children in our programs there with a Christmas presentation, meal and gift – no easy task catering for over 8,000 children! This year we were glad to have the help of a visiting group from Northridge Church, Florida, joining in the festivities for some of the time. It was a pleasure to have you guys with us for our fast & furious Christmas Programs!