made with love!
Project – Joy of Christmas in 2019/2020
Thanks to you, 50,619 children received a Christmas present! But most importantly, they all heard about the Greatest Gift in history. God sent His Son to this world because He loves us.
110 people personally went to 9 countries in order to give out gifts. In this article we want to share the special moments and memories that we experienced during the Christmas time.
Enjoy this retrospective and share it with friends, families, churches, home groups and other people around!
December and January
We visited a 30 year old man tied to a bed. He cannot move due to severe pain. He lost his parents very early, the rest of the family moved abroad, there was only one brother left who took care of him.
When I recall this moment, tears appear in my eyes. It pains me to see this young man, his little hut, room, bed and tiny stove.
Exhausted and sick, he lies there and every moment may be the last for him.
A thirty year old guy from a very poor family. He had to start working early in order to get at least some money for a living.
He began to feel pain a long time ago, but forbade himself to think about it: “I can’t be sick – my money will never be enough to see a doctor.” But when the pain became unbearable, he had to go to the hospital. Cancer is rather sad news, but the diagnosis was much worse. The final stage of cancer. His whole body is affected by metastases. Do you know what touched me even more? How could he tolerate this pain without a pain reliever? The guy did not have money for painkillers. Moldova does not have a regulated healthcare system, like in Germany. Everyone must pay for the visit to the doctor and medication.
I work in medicine and I know that cancer patients at this stage receive a lot of painkillers and almost always morphine, to alleviate pain as much as possible. Health insurance companies cover these costs. It makes me think. How often do we go to the doctor just with a running nose? How often do we complain when we have to wait longer than we would like? How often do we take medication?
Shouldn’t we be more thankful for that ?!
This young man is ready to die. He desires it very much. But something still holds him here. Perhaps it is God who stands with open arms and waits for the guy to run to Him. I want us to kneel together and pray for this young man. Let us pray that he will find God, that God will free him from all pain and meet him, embrace him and say: “I love you, my child, come home.” I am grateful for the local church, which regularly visits him, takes care of him and prays for him.
We were driving through a beautiful winter forest. It feels like the edge of the world – only occasionally there are tiny villages. This area could be called fabulous, but after the Chernobyl explosion there remained only poverty and hopelessness. There is no work, most adults find solace in the use of alcohol and drugs, and children become victims of adult decisions.
We were there and met an amazing old woman Masha. Together with their daughter and husband, they are missionaries in and around Mlachevka.
Personally, I was inspired by the love and devotion of Baba Masha and her family to these children. One immediately feels how well the children feel in this center of hope, and how much hope they bring to this hopeless place.
I went on this trip with my husband Luigi. We had a great time with the team. It was nice to serve God and complement each other.
I did not know in advance how diverse this time would be. We could give gifts to children and their parents and share the gospel with them (each in their own way), we visited many different communities and saw how God is building a church in Belarus. Church ministers and regular members have many other worries, unlike in Germany, where everyone has everything.
The most impressive event for me was a visit to a young family. Mom and baby are at home, and the husband works day and night to somehow make ends meet. He has started to have heart problems and doesn’t know how long he can continue to work. In the house that they rent (and I don’t know yet where they will live later), only baby toilet potty reminds us that a child lives here. We equip children’s rooms, buy toys, special dishes and Thermomix for baby food … It was very touching to see how other people live and I want to keep this impression in order to live more consciously and share my wealth. The young woman has already accepted Christ, but her husband is not yet. Please pray for this family and their situation.
Thanks so much for your prayers. God has preserved us in all travels and has greatly blessed us this week! Praise him for this!
There are so many stories about how God acts today! Before we told the Good News to more than 100 children in the church in Vyshny Volochyok, we visited some of the children in their homes. They live in broken families and dilapidated houses without running water and with moldy walls.
Many children do not know their fathers. Often they do not have enough food. But God acts and helps them through the local church. We can support believers in their ministry, help families in need, and thus become a living testimony of God’s love. Here is the story of a mother of eight children from different men. When she was pregnant with her youngest child, doctors diagnosed the child with a serious illness and recommended an abortion. In desperation, the mother called Svetlana, a local believer who cares for children, through our children’s sponsorship project. Over the years, Svetlana has built a trusting relationship with this woman, she constantly helps her and prays for her.
Isn’t that surprising that this woman knew whom to call when no one could help her? She told Svetlana about her need and Svetlana asked the prayer group in the church to pray about it. Six months later, a healthy girl was born. While we were in their apartment, the children prepared to go to church for the Christmas holiday. They all received their Christmas presents and a children’s Bible. Their mom was there too.
Whenever she needs, she knows where to go and whom to call – because Svetlana from the local church is her friend who is ready to share the love of Christ.
I was really moved by a visit to one widow. When we entered the house, we immediately realized that people who live here are not rich. When we entered the house, the two granddaughters of that widow whom we came to visit – Sulfia and Sarida, greeted us joyfully and friendly.
We gave them gifts, their mother received whole bag of groceries, and grandmother a special gift, a table set.
All of them immediately, right in front of us, unpacked the gifts. We rejoiced watching their joy. The widow’s husband died of tuberculosis about two years ago. It was a difficult time for the family. Mother spent several months in the infectious diseases hospital and the girls lived with their grandmother.
Grandma could not provide for them, so Christians from local church and Bible Mission provided the family with food and clothing. A widow suffers from several serious illnesses that are not treatable. We were a little scared when the widow’s brother entered the house – by his appearance it was clear that he was a Muslim. But I had decided to share the gospel with the children.
It was a special moment. All week I taught the gospel to many children. But only these girls and mother with daughter were here. Somehow it was very different from what I did before.
In the end, one of the women told Sae (a Bible Mission volunteer who takes care of this family): “I understood everything, it is so simple and clear!” I was so happy to know that God reached her heart. Saya told me that this widow is very open to the gospel and ready to accept Jesus as her Savior.
When we returned to Germany, one of the participants in the trip decided to become a sponsor of two girls. Saya told me that she had been praying for a sponsor for a long time, not only for one, but for two sisters together. And so it happened.
I would like to invite you to a small town near the capital. There is a small church here. We expected 60 children to come, but 85 came. The room was crowded with children with curious eyes, who were incredibly happy to receive gifts.
On this day, we visited three widows, brought them groceries and told them about the love and care of God. We sang and spoke with them, comforted and cheered. But one elderly woman did the opposite, she cheered us, joked with us instead. Despite all the suffering, she did not lose her joy. We gave her a pillow and a blanket, which she was very happy about. In her apartment there is no central water or heating. This woman has become a great encouragement for us!