Loaves & Fishes refugee ministry was blessed with several Christmas programs this year. Our Christmas celebration began with taking several carloads of children to the puppet show at Second Baptist West Campus and then treating them to Happy Meals at McDonalds. It was so much fun. Lots of great volunteers helped to transport the children. The manager at McDonalds was quite impressed and wanted to know what church we were from. One child commented upon returning to the apartments that it was the best day of her life.
Trinity Mar Thoma church came and blessed the children on Saturday, December 20, by bringing gifts, making a craft, and sharing the Christmas story with the children. They also blessed us with some delicious catered Indian food. The children were glad to see some of their friends that came with the church group.
On Sunday, the 21st, we were blessed with free tickets to a musical Christmas production at Second Baptist Church Main Campus and even had bus transportation. Since most the children were busy with another activity, we were able to invite some older children and adults. Everyone really enjoyed the beautiful production. At the end of the production the cross was displayed and we were told that it was the best Christmas gift of all. After returning to St. Cloud Apartments, the attendees were treated to pizza from Dominoes.
A group of volunteers from Kingsland Baptist church came out on Monday, the 22nd and brought lots of toys and played with the children. Then, all children were gathered together and the Christmas story was shared with them. But, the difference was that many children were present at the outdoor event were not present at the indoor event on the 20th. After the Greatest Story was told, the children and adults were treated to lunch, then more play time. At the end of the time together, almost 100 Happy Birthday Jesus gift bags were given out to the children. Everyone had smiles on their faces and enjoyed themselves.
It was thrilling to see the smiles on the residents’ faces, and a blessing to bring joy to them as well as share the true meaning of Christmas in a variety of ways. People from all walks of life and different age groups were involved. Perhaps some of the volunteers experienced being involved in “missions” for the first time ever.
Thank you for your prayers, and all you have done to make this the best Christmas ever for the residents at St. Cloud.
Volunteer Missionary to the City
Serving refugees and the under-resourced at the St. Cloud apartments in Southwest Houston
To volunteer with Margie, contact her by email.