Team Koza rocks again!
Who would think to spend Christmas in an orphanage would be so much fun!
Koza church is in Okinawa, Japan, where many US military are based. Every year, they send several teams to work, to play with kids, to help in Malabon and to serve the children of Gentle Hands. They are always a blessing.
This year’s Christmas team was unique and blessed us in many ways.
Shoeboxes from Ireland
How surprised we were to receive a personalized shoebox for EACH child from Helping Hands Ministry and their church in Ireland.
The faces of the children say it all! The little toys, the coloring books, the bags of candy, and the special toiletries were a gift that was just right for each child.
Christmas in Malabon
Malabon has been our community ministry for 4 years now. Each year at Christmas we try to give a small gift to the regular children of our Saturday outreach.
Who would have thought God would use Shoemart (like a Philippine Walmart) to bless 500 chidlren in Malabon. After a donation of toys and stuffed animals, we put together string bags that had toys, a stuffed bear, a new pair of flip flops and an apple. Not only were we surprised at the amazing gifts we were able to give, but the children of Malabon were too!
We were so proud of them as they lined up quietly and were thankful for what they received!
Good thing we had Team Koza to entertain while the kids waited in line!
No Christmas is complete without a Christmas party at GH. For weeks the staff practice their dances and the ballerina’s work on their performance. It is a celebration of the season, of God’s provision and of the love we share with our GH family.
This year a friend donated the money for us to provide the feast and another supported paid for all the chicken for us to fry! God showed us again that even our celebrations are important to him.
Christmas Eve Service
Our GH family gets together to sing Christmas carols, to hear the Christmas story, and to serve birthday cake for Jesus. This year was muffins! We lit candles and talked about each child going into their own corner of the world through adoption and how we can always share the hope of Jesus to our new family.
We are thankful as we enter 2014. We know that God will continue to provide for our needs both financially and physically. We believe that He will raise up families for our children and that our paperwork will have favor with the different boards and governments that approve our children for adoption.
Thank you for your part in this ministry. Thank you for donating financially and for sending boxes of supplies. Thank you for praying for us, for our staff, and for our children. Thank you for sharing our stories. Thank you.
For love of the poor,
Charity Graff for all of us.