Christmas and Hanukkah – Being a Light during the holiday season

Hanukkah brings thoughts of the beautiful candelabras daily lit with the glowing faces of children looking on. It is, in fact, the celebration of the legendary miraculous provision of oil for the eternal light in the temple and a reminder of those who courageously remain faithful to God in the face of persecution. God is faithful and delivers His people not only from oppressive rulers but also from the oppression of sin and death.

Every year for this festive event, we make fun toy bundles for the children in Israel. As we hand them out, we also share the story of The Christ child who miraculously came as the Messiah. These children hear for the first time that Jesus was a Jewish baby born to Jewish parents, surprising news to them and their parents! Historically they are not told that Yeshua was a Jew. With each child, we share the truth of the word of God and Yeshua, who ultimately came to earth to be our savior.

Whether it is Hanukkah or Christmas, this time of year always brings joy as the children’s faces light up at the gifts they receive, and it also brings clarity as we share this eternal truth that will change their lives forever.

In preparation for Hanukkah and Christmas, our teams are working hard on our special holiday relief projects for children and families in need, most of whom have fled a raging war in Ukraine. We might never know the extent of this terrible war’s impact on them, but we know that God’s love is greater than anything they had to face at such a young age.

Our goal is to bring a little joy, a little happiness, and a lot of smiles to their young faces. If a small care package filled with holiday treats can accomplish that, isn’t it worth the investment?

Consider being that light this Hanukkah season by sowing as little as $50 to help bless one child with a special Hanukkah care package. Our desire is to bless 400 kids during this holiday season.

Hanukkah is a Feast of Miracles and Light. We are called to be His light in this world and to shine brightly where light is needed most. By doing so, during this holiday season, we are reflecting God’s loving character.

Thank you for partnering with us to be the light in these children’s lives! Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:16