Having just celebrated the Christmas season, we understand the gift of Jesus is the “real reason for the season.” Over the years, however, we add traditions to the holiday that hold special meaning for us. Often are the family gatherings, the hearty meals, the special church services, and the wonderful gifts that help us commemorate the Christmas season and Jesus’ birth. We celebrate the Christ Child in grand fashion, and we feel so blessed to be able to do so.
Many around the world do not have the comforts we take for granted during the holidays … many do not gather with family, cannot enjoy hearty meals, and will not have gifts under the tree. It is quite difficult to enjoy the warmth and blessing of Christmas without remembering those who are not able to participate in the special functions we hold as common.
At the end of 2016, Lee University was able to help the children and staff at the Church of God Phebe Grey Orphanage in Liberia, Africa, to enjoy a little comfort at Christmas. Missionaries Max and Debbie Thompson, directors of Phebe Grey, utilized money from gifts given by Lee University students, faculty, and staff to purchase gifts for everyone at the facility. They received new clothes, a delicious meal, and lots of warm wishes from Cleveland, Tennessee, in hopes they could experience the goodness of a great, loving God during the holiday season.
What can you or your church do to help spread the love of Christ next Christmas or throughout the new year?
NOTE: Jimmy Harper is Campus Pastor for Lee University and expedites the emphasis on Missions and the projects Lee U sponsors.