Ukraine (MNN) — During Christmas and Easter, Immanuel’s Child, a ministry of Slavic Gospel Association, provides a way for local churches to reach out to children. While it’s still early, the ministry is already hearing reports of how grateful kids and families were for Christmas hope after a very difficult year.
Each child received a Bible, Christmas gift, and paper star with the name of a family committed to praying for them all year long. Erik Mock of Slavic Gospel Association says these gifts meant a lot to the recipients.
“Reports are flowing in about people that have had a horrible year under the pandemic. They’re so excited that these churches are reaching out to them. They said these gifts are boxes of hope to them.”
Hope All Year Long
Immanuel’s Child is a resource for local churches, working to help them reach out to kids in their respective communities.
“The Immanuel’s Child program is not a program in itself. It’s equipping the church with resources to do what they always do. It’s a discipleship program where they’re not only reaching out to kids during the Christmas season, but they’ll also reach out to them again during Easter outreach. It also funds the provision of Sunday school materials to disciple the kids throughout the year, so the impact what we’re going to see is an impact that will occur over time,” Mock explains.
Overall, the program found huge success in 2020.
“We were able to send far more to them than we have any other year,” Mock says. “Praise be to God for the many [people] in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada who participated in this program.”
Even though Immanuel’s Child has a Christmas focus, you can help support this program all year long. Visit their website for more information.
Please continue to pray that God will work in the hearts of the children and their families who were impacted by the ministry at Christmas.
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