The ministry here in Mexico annually hosts a Samaritan’s Purse Christmas event. In case you don’t know… Samaritan’s Purse rallies caring souls to fill shoe boxes with toys and goodies so they can be distributed to needy children around the world. This year the church decided to step it up a notch and we hosted two events, one in the small mountain village of San Marcos and another in a poor subdivision outside the city dump.
The entire church was represented at the event. The kids, teenagers and many of the adults wore costumes, performed skits, sang songs and choreographed dances. My three year old Caleb even danced with the crowd. There was a ventriloquist, a puppet show and most importantly a mountain of presents and candy to give away. Many poor children in areas like these never receive Christmas gifts. What a delight it was to see their faces light up as they were handed the tenderly wrapped boxes full of surprises!
The salvation message was presented to everyone at each event and along with all of the other gifts the children were given a small book called “The Best Gift” which explained God’s love and purpose for them.
Prior to the Samaritan’s Purse events El Faro de Esperanza sponsored a medical outreach in San Marcos. A follow-up medical/dental outreach was held after the Christmas event.