Last Christmas, our church school, Escuela “La Esperanza” (“School of Hope”), decided to help those in need during the Christmas season. We collected non-perishable food items. When everything was gathered, the boys packed the food hampers, and the girls baked Christmas treats. Next, we all wrote a personalized Christmas card for every senior living in the senior homes in our community.
A few days before Christmas, we divided into small groups and went to visit the senior homes and other families in need. In total, we visited over 100 families plus the senior homes in our surrounding communities.
During this project we encountered hundreds of people in desperate need of money and food. We also saw many homes affected by illness and homes that were in great need of repair. We experienced happy tears and grateful hearts, which made us realize how appreciated the gifts were and how grateful we should be for what we have.
The greatest impact it had on us it that we discovered our mission field is right next to us. We don’t need to travel the world to help others. When we returned to school after passing out the food hampers, we prayed for the people we visited and thanked God for what we have. We hope to make this a new tradition in the future as it is a great help to the people in need around us and a blessing to us. We will continue to pray for each other and help one another wherever we can. As we continue doing good deeds to others, God is with us and blesses us, “for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7b).
Grade 9 Class, Escuela “La Esperanza,” Mexico