Lighting up the Faces of Children in Haifa this Christmas Season
Our Haifa branch of Home of Jesus the King Church has become more successful in reaching the poor and unsaved than we could’ve dreamed of. We are achieving a much wider reach than anticipated and multitudes of people are coming to us for humanitarian aid and to hear the Gospel message.
In faith we are doubling our budget for next year’s humanitarian projects in Haifa, as we see that the need there is great. Many new families in Haifa have been approaching us, especially in light of our Christmas Project that we’re currently conducting in Haifa.
God is doing amazing things during this difficult time in Israel with Covid-19 restrictions and unemployment. Many children among poor Arab families aren’t expecting gifts for Christmas because there simply isn’t money for it. My brother, Elias, who is overseeing our projects in Haifa shared an impacting testimony. He was busy indoors at our distribution point and heard a family speaking outside while walking down the street.
The children were asking the parents if they would be receiving Christmas gifts this year, and the parents told them half-heartedly that they will try their best to make it happen. Elias rushed outside and ushered the family inside. He blessed each of the children with our prepared Christmas Gifts, as well as the parents with food boxes. The parents were in tears, and the children were overjoyed. Talk about a divine appointment!
So many of the children, along with their parents, whom we are blessing with our Christmas gifts are telling us that this is the best Christmas season ever! Some kids even told us that they will also come to visit us with their parents during Easter to receive more gifts from Jesus! The faith of a child is such a special thing to behold!
Our partners are enabling us to make this happen. Because you are standing with us through your prayers and donations, we are able to bless Jews, Muslims, and traditional Christians with beautiful Christmas gifts and food boxes to celebrate that Jesus is the Reason for the Season. We share the Gospel with everybody that we come into contact with, because Christmas is about Jesus, and Jesus is Salvation, and Salvation is for the whole world according to John 3:16. Jesus came for the whole world to be saved, and so we also reach out to all these people with the love of Christ.
On the 24th of December we will be having our big Christmas outreach and parade in Nazareth, where we will be distributing another 400 Christmas gift hampers to the needy of Nazareth. More than 60,000 visitors are expected in Nazareth over Christmas, and so the Gospel will be preached to many of these visitors.
In addition we will also be handing out our evangelistic calendars. We have already distributed more than 1200 calendars all over Nazareth to hospitals, old age homes, schools, and businesses. The impact of the project was doubled, as we initially aimed at distributing only 600 calendars. Praise God for always producing a bountiful harvest when our faith is put into action!
Please stand with us during this Christmas season in reaching more people in Israel with the Gospel message and with Christmas gifts, proclaiming that Jesus is the Reason for the Season!