Christmas could not come at a better time in the calendar year. As the days get darker and colder, we Christians are called to shine more brightly. We light candles. We decorate homes and trees with lights. We give generously. We desperately cling to the hope that has come and will come again in Jesus.
This hope was critically needed by the children of the Kissi Town Christian Orphanage in Sierra Leone. These children’s parents were either killed by the Ebola outbreak or the 12-year civil war. They were living on the street, and all hope seemed lost. A Christian organization took them in and gave them a home, but they still struggled for water. The closest well was a long walk from the school and shared by a community of over 800 people. The long lines for water made it difficult for the children to balance gathering enough water for their home and attending school.
At times, the Water of Life team visits schools, hospitals, and orphanages to share the good news of Jesus Christ through The Jesus Film and devotions. The team was preparing the show The Jesus Film to the children living in this orphanage, when the matron of the home asked some of the children to go and fetch water to be used to prepare the next morning’s breakfast. This meant that some of the children were unable to watch the film. The matron apologized for asking these children to go but explained that if they failed to get the water now, they would be late for school in the morning. The Water of Life team knew they could fix this problem and felt compelled to act. On Sunday, the Kissi Town Christian Orphanage received their own water well.
The thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices. – “O Holy Night”
This line in “O Holy Night” really summarizes what this season leading up to Christmas is all about. We live in a weary world. We live among wars, famine, water-borne illnesses, and much more. But God chose to come dwell with us, in our brokenness. This thrill of hope is what we cling to – the knowledge that God loves us enough to send his only son to live among us and this same love will one day return. This love is why we are called to shine into the darkness and brokenness. Can you shine by giving hope this Christmas?