Thirty years ago, Dr. Hazel Hill saw an opportunity to reach out to impoverished children in a unique and simple way, by bringing them together for a Christmas feast. What began as a small, but successful outreach in the Nation of Kenya, has grown to include thousands of children each year in over 20 Countries around the world.
In impoverished nations all over the world, Christmas day is not a day of celebration, but a day of uncertainty, it is not a day of family, but a day of loneliness, it is not a day of feasting, but a day of hunger. The daily struggle for food, for shelter, for love, and for family is all too real for so many.
The Global Christmas Feeding Program was created because there are children all over the world that at Christmas find themselves without family or a home. The purpose is simple, to ease the burden that so many carry every day, if only for one day, and to show, in the most practical way, the love of Christ in action.
Last year alone saw thousands of children fed a Christmas meal, thousands of children loved, and most importantly, thousands of children heard the Gospel, the real reason for Christmas, that Jesus Christ came, just for them.
This year, you can help us reach even more needy and deserving children, with your support, this event will continue to grow, and continue to reach those who need it most. How can you help? Simple, as an individual or a family, you can work this program into your monthly priorities, setting aside any amount in the next 3 months.
As a group, be it a youth group, cell group, or even at the office, consider a fundraiser, there are hundreds of online resources to help you with ideas and planning. Some examples are things like a Coffee Morning at your local church, Bake Sales, Bottle Drives, even doing Fall Yard work! Investing your own time and energy into a project such as this can be a valuable experience. Just imagine, on December the 26th, you will have the opportunity to see pictures and videos of thankful children from around the world and say, “I had a hand in that”, literally!
As a church, consider committing an amount to this program, many of our churches worldwide have made this an ongoing practice, and we are so thankful for their participation from year to year. And with that continued support, we look forward to another successful Global Christmas Feeding Program!
No matter how you choose to participate, please have your gift sent to your local victory church or our VCI head office by December 15, 2015.