Most of December is spent spreading the Good News of Jesus’ birth, focusing on why He came here and how He saved us. We use special events and lots of wrapping paper to grab an audience to preach to.
Typically, a Christmas event consists of a special meal or snack, a gift of need and a toy for kids, an opening prayer from a local pastor, a film for the kids about Christmas, followed by our discussion or sermon about Christmas and salvation.
These events take place in each of our regular mission sites (La Cuchilla, La Isla, Pamamus, and Cocales). We try to spread the Word to other areas, too.
In 2018, as part of our effort to help the neighborhoods as much as possible, we hired local women to prepare traditional Christmas tamales, ponche, and bread at each site. Hundreds of new sweatshirts, soccer shirts, umbrellas, and baseball caps were handed out, along with over 1,000 new toys and untold numbers of candy canes.
Best of all, over 1,000 children and plenty of adults heard about how much Jesus loves them and came to save not only the world... but each of them, too.