Simeon - - was righteous and devout looking forward to the consolation of Israel and the Holy Spirit rested on him – Luke 2:25. [More ...]
As you prepare for Christmas, please will you share your blessings with orphaned and poor children, who would otherwise go hungry?
Even though the official Year of Faith will end soon, as our thoughts turn to Christmas, we are reminded that faith lies at the root of our spiritual lives.
On that first Christmas, Mary and Joseph made the journey to Bethlehem in faith ... shepherds in the surrounding hills heard and accepted in faith the angels' message that the Saviour was born ... and in the distant east, three Kings put their faith in the star that led them to Jesus.
On one our missions, co-incidentally named Bethlehem, Ernestine Mkhize also makes a regular act of faith: a holiday soup kitchen that she runs for the poorest children.
Poverty, sickness and hunger are a way of life where she lives. For the children – many of whom are orphans – the meal they get at school is the only food they can look forward to all day.
And when school closes for the holidays, the children will go hungry ... even on Christmas Day.
Ernestine has already begun collecting whatever funds and ingredients she can, to run her holiday soup kitchen at Bethlehem mission. She knows that she is all that stands between these children and starvation.
Your special Christmas gift – made online now – will keep the soup kitchen going all through the holidays, providing a life-saving meal to over 100 children, as well as some frail elderly gogos (grandmothers), every day.