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