On Christmas Eve, students in Kenya gathered together to celebrate Christmas. The party started with praise and worship led by one of the students. Bishop Kaaleng, founding pastor of Children of the Kingdom, and Mzee Musa, parent of one of the children and former security guard for Share International, shared messages of hope encouraging the students to continue to follow Christ and to live lives honoring Him. Silale Arot, Bernard Lokol and Linda Akitela, students in Children of the Kingdom, exhorted their peers to work hard and try to improve their performance in 2019. The children gave thanks for the gift of love and kindness provided by their sponsors and had a wonderful time celebrating Christ's birth together.
Master of both the light and the darkness,
send your Holy Spirit upon our Christmas season.
We who are anxious over many things give thanks for your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.
We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.
To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!”
—adapted from Henri J.M. Nouwen
Let Christ be born in the innermost
quiet spaces of your heart.
Let Christ be born in the streets and in the ghettos,
in the famines and the plagues and in the wars.
Let Christ be born not faraway in distant ages,
but in every heart and every place where love and faith are found.
Let Christ be born and find in us His Bethlehem.
"We think of Advent as a time of us waiting for the birth of Christ, yet in some ways it is just as much a time of Christ waiting for us – waiting for us to notice him and to take time to acknowledge him and waiting for us to allow his light to shine through us."
Thank you for making room in your hearts for the children in our program! May you continue to allow God's light to shine through you this Christmas season.
Merry Christmas from Children of the Kingdom!