Friday, February 5, 2016

Christmas Across America

This past fall, I (Tammy) began to think about how fun it would be to host some type of Christmas outreach just for all the young children who recently moved into our neighborhood.  I discovered a great resource developed by Child Evangelism Fellowship called Christmas Across America.  The kit is designed with everything needed to host a fun Christmas party with the goal of introducing kids to Jesus Christ.

When I brought up the idea to the pre-teen and teen girls in my weekly Bible club, they were very excited about it, and even began brainstorming ideas of how we could pull this off.  I was excited that they took ownership of the idea, and was thrilled that they would have this opportunity to participate.

When the day came, we had nine children come to the party ages 4 to 10, with three more that trickled in the last minute!  Thanks to the warm climate here in Florida, we were able to host the outreach right here in our front yard.  My team of 7 helpers from our Bible club helped with many of the activities.

One mom came with her 5 year old daughter.  She told me that she was very happy that someone in the neighborhood would have an event like this.  She mentioned that she  hadn’t been to church since she was 16.  I was so glad that she stayed for the entire party so she could also hear the gospel message.  I was that happy God opened the door to get to know her a little bit, and I’m praying for some next steps to show her Christ’s love.

The highlight of the day happened at the end of the party after I taught the Bible lesson.  A 9 year old boy made the decision to invite Christ into his life!  His family does not attend church, so will you join us in praying that they will respond to our invitation to come with us?  Please pray that God provides an opportunity to follow up with him, and to have more conversations about his new faith!