Africa Ministry

christmas and giving

Last week was a week of celebrating Christmas with the kids that come to the feeding programs we run here in S. Africa. The kids in Mbonisweni were chomping at the bit for a peek at the cake safely tucked away inside (well, safe from little hands, not safe from the heat). I loved their curious faces!

where's the cake


jesus cake

As I stood there and listened to someone share about the greatest gift of all, and as I watched my kids hand out a goodie bag to the kids in Clau Clau, I was reminded that this is what it’s all about. I’ve had a hard time this holiday season. It’s silly, really, but I love this time of year…in the states. I love the weather, the Starbuck’s holiday drinks, the Christmas lights, I just love the festiveness. And I’ve missed it this year. I told you it’s silly, but I’m just being honest here.

clau clau christmas

handing out


As I stood there taking in the scene before me, I was reminded that Christmas is not about all those things, fun as they may be. It really is about giving, giving of ourselves as Jesus so freely did.

It’s about kissing those snotty nosed faces.

It’s about playing tag for minutes on end, just to keep hearing the precious giggles.

It’s about feeding cake to 200 kids.

It’s about giving of ourselves, even {especially} when it involves sacrifice.


so happy

I’m praying that the more I keep telling myself that, the deeper it will sink in…

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    December 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Absolutely loved reading this and seeing the pics. Miss being there. Give extra hugs to my loves.

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    December 11, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    The kids look absolutely delighted and yes, this is what Christmas is all about

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    Jennifer {Studio JRU}
    December 11, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    yes… the giving! a great reminder for us all, jen. love these photos and all those precious faces!

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    Elisa | blissfulE
    December 12, 2013 at 5:14 am

    Fun, vibrant pictures! Yay for such a great reminder of the importance of giving.

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    Bren Graham Thebeau
    December 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Ah Jen I don't even know what to say, you touch my heart with your truth, your story and your amazing photos. Bless you and yours this Christmas!

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