Christmas in India

The Christmas season is here, and that means that we all have a bit more on our minds and on our plates than usual.  We think a lot about where to go for Christmas, who’s bringing what casserole to the family party, and what gifts to buy for friends and family.

We’ve thought about those things, and we’ve also thought a lot about the Set Free Children and what they think about Christmas.

We know that they celebrate the birth of our savior.  We know that they are surrounded by love. And we know that they are beyond thankful for their rescue.  But we also know that their Christmas is much different than ours, and that their Christmas lists are nothing like children’s lists in our culture.

Right now, we have over 6,000 rescued children in our care.  Some of them are in the process of being reunited with their families and others will stay with us until they graduate into Indian society.   All of them want one thing this Christmas.

Rice.

It sounds so simple doesn’t it?  The only thing these kids want for Christmas is their next meal, and that’s pretty easy right?

We’re doing our best to keep food on their plates, but that’s not as simple as it sounds.  We’ve never supported the care of this many children before, and we didn’t have much time to prepare for them.

It costs upwards of $350,000 to feed all of these kids for just one month and that’s not even getting into medical care, basic necessities, and the cost of reuniting children with their families.

We have a great challenge ahead of us, and to be honest, it’s pretty intimidating.  When difficult times come our way, it’s a lot easier to be scared and doubtful than sure of God’s sovereignty. But hasn’t God showed us time and time again that he is greater than any challenge that could step in our way (Daniel 6; Daniel 3; Genesis 8)?

It’s easy to praise God and thank Him when his promise has come and everything is going the way that we want.  It gets harder to praise him when the promise hasn’t come yet.

Whatever you’re going through right now, whether it’s good or bad, God has called you to rejoice in all circumstances.  That doesn’t mean you have to be happy that bad things are happening.  It means that you can praise your way into the promise.  We can rejoice in scary or difficult times because we know His promises are coming.

Claim victory over your situation today.  Praise Him for what he has done and will do, and we think you’ll eventually start looking at your situations a little bit differently.

We’re running short on rice to feed the children right now.  That’s a big deal in our books, but instead of being defeated by it, why not praise God in advance for the food that he will deliver?

Instead of being crippled by the fear of the challenge in front of us, we’re choosing to rejoice – because He always desires for his children to prosper, and He has great plans for these rescued children that cannot be ruined by the enemy.

Want to help feed the kids this Christmas?  Go to setfreealliance.org/Christmas/ and your gift will be matched up to a total of $50,000 by a generous donor!

1 Comment

  • Marcy Moorhead
    Posted December 9, 2016 2:51 pm 0Likes

    I can’t tel you how proud I am of you. This blog gave me chills the entire time I was reading. You are a gift and I’m so grateful for your love for our family and the Set Free children.

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