Here in Haiti church is not very kid-friendly. The services are long and kids tend to be a bit wiggly. Occasionally a church will offer a service for kids during the main service, but from my understanding, this is not typical. Here at the base the lovely Shelly Nettles has come up with a solution that has been very successful, our own kids church! Last week Jay and I volunteered to help out because it was a very special week... the annual Christmas party!
The fun began a few days earlier when we helped decorate cookies and wrap some very special gifts. Shelly had been praying for years for the gifts we were wrapping that night, Creole (Not French!) children's bibles! Finally something to put into a child's hands that would allow him to explore God's word in a way they could understand, whether they could read or not!
Sunday finally came and we invited 200 children into the sanctuary here on base. They were so excited, they had been trying to figure out exactly which Sunday would be the Christmas party (Shelly always keeps it a secret), and many of them were sure they were walking into something exciting.
We sang some fun songs and read the christmas story out of the book they were about to receive. After we handed out cookies and chocolate milk, it was time for the big moment. They were so excited to receive a shiny package, and their eyes lit up when the paper was ripped away to reveal their very own bible!
Pictures cannot do this moment justice, so I will let our friend Kristian Snow use his talents to show you....
Isn't it great?
Even Isaac got his own bible! (We let him open it this morning)
We might have to teach him creole before he will understand it (We might need to learn a bit more too) but I know he will grow up loving it!
We still have 300 more bibles to give away, but we hope to give even more away. Sound like something you would like to help with? You can send any contributions to:
PO Box 236
Akron, PA 17501
Including shipping and customs casts, each bible should cost around $18-$20 and each donation will go to covering these costs.
Before we leave you this week, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!