Monday, December 7, 2009

joy to the world

It was our privilege yesterday to participate in a neighborhood Christmas outreach program. Over 300 children had registered ahead of time. Other children came as well, and a few parents attended too. A couple of local churches shared the responsibilities of bringing the children in, leading them in carols, presenting the Gospel, distributing a snack, and then handing out gifts specifically packaged for each child who was registered.

The event started at 3, but there were kids at the gate by 9:30 a.m.

Mark helped set up the sound system

Some of the children were so excited they hadn't eaten lunch.

"Joy to the World, the Lord is Come"
in Visayan

...let earth receive her King...

Elise with Ana

Sharing the Gospel

...let every heart prepare Him room...

Amy poses with a couple of new friends


...and serving milk and homemade cake for 500

Treasured gifts distributed by number

New sandals were an item in each gift bag.

And Heaven and Nature sing.

But Jesus said, "Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
Matthew 19:15


Anonymous said...

Thank you for being there! We love you!

Lori said...

I'm jealous . . . in a good way. :-) What a wonderful blessing to them and to you. May God richly bless you as you have been a blessing to others.

us5 said...

I wish you could have joined us, Lori!

Micah said...

I really like seeing these pictures. I miss you all so much.