Thursday, November 23, 2006

I'd like you know...

As this is the time of year that many folks like to share with those less fortunate, I'd like to make you aware of an opportunity to share both Christmas love and the gospel with some needy Polish children.

Let me say at the outset that this is not my project. Some of our colleagues in the northern part of Poland collect money for Christmas gifts which they give to children. Some live in children's homes (like an orphanage, though not all are orphans), some are in juvenile detention, and some are simply the children of very poor families. Their family does a Christmas presentation or short program, then distributes gifts and candy bags. The younger children receive toys, while the teens may be given clothing (hats, gloves, underwear, nylons or socks), toiletries, or jewelry.

They spend many, many hours on this project, buying the gifts, sorting, and packing them. They allow $15 per child--$10 for a gift and $5 for candy. That may seem like a lot of candy, but they have found that the candy is such a rare treat for these kids that it is the best part of the event.

Last year, they were able to distribute gifts to 350 children, and so far this year they have collected enough money for about 215 gifts. Take a look at some of the Christmas parties from last year! If you are interested in sponsoring a child (or more than one), you can send your gift via Paypal at the email address: (There is another way to send money through the mail--leave a comment linked to your email address if you want that information.)

As I said before, this is not my project, but it is a great one. Whether the Lord leads you to donate financially or not, won't you pray that the seeds of the gospel will be sown in the hearts of some very lonely Polish children this Christmas?


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