Back in December, four very big boxes made it all the way to our front deck. The boxes were full of gifts for the children in the village where we live, from people, (literally) on opposite corners of the globe. Danny’s sister and friends in California had started a “Jungle Bells” fundraiser to send; water bottles, socks, coloring pencils, money for Bibles and other things to the kids here. Meanwhile, months earlier, a group of kids in Guam who were attending a Vacation Bible School at their church, did the same thing. Friends and family in N.Ireland joined in too and we were amazed to see these boxes arrive, to our front porch, within a week of each other. None of them knew what the other was sending and yet, we had no duplicates of anything! In fact, it was even better because the gifts were compatible. For example, one box had lots of pencils in it and when we opened the other box; it had dozens of sharpeners. It was so easy for us to put all the gifts together and of course many hands on this end, made light work. It was a beautiful picture to me, of the body of Christ working together, from all around the world, to remind these kids in a little village in the jungle; that they are cared for, prayed over and that God has a message He wants them to hear.
Sunday afternoon, all the kids arrived (way earlier than they have ever been before) and we had a wonderful afternoon of games, sharing food and of course giving out the gifts. It was perfect timing to fit in with our new Sunday School schedule. This coming Sunday, we are starting in Genesis again and teaching through the Old Testament, building foundations for the wonderful news of the Promised Deliverer. It was a great opportunity to get all the kids in from around the village and be able to invite them to come back and hear God’s Word being taught every week.
I just want to say a very big, “Thank you” to all of you who were part of this and to let you see the faces of some very precious little kids, (and their happy Mamas), as we distributed your gifts to them. I know it has been a blessing to them and I pass on many, many thanks to you, from all of them. Maraming salamat po!
Nobody was late this week!
Then it was time for the games! 🙂
Judah was so pleased to be a tiger for the day! 🙂
Then it was time for “merienda” (snack time). We had hotdogs and marshmallows on a stick (big favorite here) and some bico. Bico is a sweet, sticky rice dessert made with coconut milk and it is absolutely delicious!
Finally, it was time to hand out the gifts!