Ciyanjano Christmas Outreach!
This year the AZ team was super excited to throw Ciyanjano's first Christmas Party outreach! Christmas parties are a wonderful ministry of ACTION International; kids get to hear about Jesus and have a lot of fun at the same time. It is also a great opportunity for us to work with ACTION pastors who are trying to build up their children's ministries.
We invited two groups of kids plus parents and church leaders (from Makeni area and from Kanyama compound) to Ciyanjano for a full day of fun. The first group arrived a little after 8am, had a snack and played on our newly expanded playground and a rented jumping castle. Then we marched them into our classroom spaces and put them to work decorating their own T-shirts with puffy paint and magic markers. The T-shirts have "GOD LOVES ME" printed on the fronts to remind kids about the first Christmas - they were so excited to decorate their own shirts!!!
Then ACTION Pastors' College graduate, Patson Sakala, and Ciyanjano's foreman, Jailos Sakala led the kids in song and prayer. Pastor Sakala gave a message about Christmas taught from John 3:16. Kids were able to hear about God's amazing love for them and how he sent the first Christmas gift ever- his own son! After the message kids ate hotdogs and played some more.We now have a lot of ideas for next year's Christmas outreaches: first a Christmas in July party and then more in December. Thank you to everyone who contributed to these outreaches!!!!