Ok, I have to be honest: I'm back dating this one a wee bit. We were busy this time of year with annual reports and such! So that's the confession out of the way, now for the giant THANK YOU!!!! to all our wonderful Michigan donors who gave through Mary to support our soccer team.
Soccer has been an amazing way to connect with our Kids First kids, and was in fact one of the very first activities we started with our kids way back in 2008. With our generous coach Lameck volunteering his time on a regular basis, our soccer programme is now reaching out to even more boys. This not only keeps kids off the streets, but can teach them discipline, and interpersonal skills, as they learn to work together as a team for a common goal.
However, our kids have always played and practiced in bare feet and threadbare clothing on their rocky, dusty "field". And not surprisingly, soccer balls don't last long on that field! With this generous donation we have been able to purchase new balls, and equipment, as well as a team uniform! Can you imagine the boost this will give to our boys' self esteem, now that they are able to represent their team with pride in their new gear? Words can not express our gratitude.
This Christmas our Kids First family has been hugely blessed to receive an amazing gift of Bibles! 200 Bibles!! Lugandan and English translations, for adults and children! This gift has come from Mary and the generous women in her Bible study group, who felt it on their hearts to raise money in order to give our women and children access to the very Word of God. Many people in Western countries don't realise the significance of such gifts, when Bibles are so easily found, and so easily disregarded. For our women and children this gift is life-giving and life-changing, and as one of our grandmothers in the group said "this is the best gift I have even been given".
Too often the Bible is disregarded by believers and non-believers alike. We fail to really get into it, explore and investigate it, and let it's words sink into us, teach us, and change us. Whether or not you would class yourself as a Christian, I would challenge you to reading a chapter or two today - afterall, without Christ there would not be Christmas. And shouldn't we all be aware of the background to the traditions around us? Who knows - you may find the same joy that is written all over the faces of our women and children in the photographs below.
God bless you all, Michigan ladies! God bless our women and children as they start to read these words perhaps for the very first time. And God bless all of you - our readers, supports, and sponsors - this Christmas!
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Here at Kids First we all have something to say, so this blog will be updated by members of our team as our work progresses to keep all of you in the loop!