Our church had many Christmas Surprises for families living near our church. You may know them as Samaritan's Purse Christmas boxes. Each year our church members prepare boxes to give to families in need in our community. We add our boxes to boxes supplied by Samaritan's Purse and distribute them. A year ago, however, we choose to do something different. We invited the families for a Christmas celebration. Here we we had a small holiday meal for their parents while the children enjoyed their own program.
This year we had tons of food, lots of helpers, and more than 150 parents and children attended.
It has always moved me how the people in my church give so generously. They made up around 73 packages -- we have about 80 regular attenders each Sunday. They also made so many salads and yummy cakes, came up to 3 hours earlier to set up and of course, clean up afterward. But this year what touched me the most came up at a quick evaluation meeting.
|We had 5 full tables like this,|
"Why are we doing this? What are we going to do next? Are we going to follow up with these people?"