(From Thursday, December 13)
Can you believe there are less than two weeks until Christmas?
If you’re anything like me, you especially enjoy observing children at
this time of year. There is something about the way children experience
Christmas, the music and decorations, the traditions, and especially
when you know a child understands the true meaning of the holiday, that
makes the season richer and more wonderful.
As Charles Dickens wrote in his classic novel, A Christmas Carol, “It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.”
It is this time when our Lord was a child that we think most about
reaching those children who may not have experienced the unfathomable
love that Jesus became a baby so He could show us. Children in Africa
are among poorest in the world, with the most limited access to
education, food, clean water, and health care. Out of every 10 children
in the world living with AIDS, nine live in Africa. This is an area of
the world that desperately needs the hope and love of Jesus.
Solid Rock supports two missionary families who work specifically with children and children’s workers in Africa.
Chris and Heidi Ness, along with their children, will begin a new
missionary term in Ethiopia in July of next year. This is a nation that
has been greatly affected by famines, wars and oppressive regimes in
It has begun to recover in recent years, and Christianity flourishes
where the seed is planted, but Sunday School teachers and Children’s
Ministers have little or no resources to work with. The Nesses have a
strong passion to not only train Sunday School teachers and Children’s
Ministers, but to provide them with resources in their native language.
Visit NessEthiopia.com to learn more about the Nesses and their work.
Doug and Tasha Myers are another missionary family working in Africa.
Currently on furlough, they will return to Swaziland in October of next
year. Swaziland is struggling with the highest HIV rate in the world,
which has resulted in the largest percentage of orphans per population
of any country in the world.
Doug and Tasha have a passion for underprivileged children and have been
training children's workers in churches throughout the nation. Their
mission is to empower the local church in Swaziland to be the hands of
Christ extended to their communities. Go to SwaziLife.com to find out more about their mission work.
One of the most effective ways to help a child in need and break the
cycle of poverty is child sponsorship. Compassion International is an
organization that has been at the forefront of child sponsorship since
1952. Compassion exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that
releases children from spiritual, economic, social and
physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled
When you choose to sponsor a child, you ensure that that child will have
ongoing Christian training, educational opportunities, access to health
care, development of self-confidence and social skills, and education
in key life skills and vocational programs. You can also specify the
age, gender, and region of the world, such as Africa, even to the
specific country, as well as other factors that affect your sponsored
You may think, “But with so many children in the world who are in need,
what difference will my sponsoring one child make?” It may not seem like
it means much to help one child in the world, but to that one child, it
means the world.
to learn more about sponsorship and their other programs, as well as
other ways that you can help children in need all over the world. You
can also visit the Guest Services table in the foyer on Sunday to pick
up a child sponsorship brochure.
Child sponsorship would make a great Christmas gift for anyone,
especially your own children. As we celebrate the birth of one Child,
you can be a part of giving the greatest Christmas gifts any child could
ever receive—the gift of the Gospel for the sponsored child, and the
gift of giving for your own.
May the Word of Christ dwell in you richly and may your life have the greatest possible impact on Eternity, and Merry Christmas!
Solid Rock Community Church