Curry for Christmas!
On Sunday the Burmese and Lao congregation took several offerings for projects of concern. One of the offerings was for the Ler Por Hur orphanage for Burmese children in the Thai border area. This orphanage/school is led by a brother of one of our FWC parishioners. The congregation dug deep into their pockets and raised a combined Christmas gift of $238.
This reminded me of a conversation I had with one of our young adults who used to live in a different orphanage for Burmese children. This young man and his friend, both from this other orphanage, decided to prepare a Christmas gift to send back to the orphanage. They were sending some money so that the children would be able to have curry with their rice for Christmas. These two young men have very tenuous job situations but out of their abundance they gave.
This season I have also seen and heard various FWC parishioners searching out specific needs among the Burmese arrivals and making it their purpose to fulfill those needs this Christmas. Widows are being cared for, commuting bikers are getting bike lights, needy children are receiving warm coats and young married couples are receiving housewarming gifts.
I can assure you that when I get in the middle of this kind of giving, I find Christmas to be so much more meaningful and fulfilling. What a delight to enjoy the birth of our Saviour with gifts because He is the greatest gift of all!