Something that surprised us concerning the children in the Philippines was the “party fee requirement.” When there is a party at school (for Christmas or any other reason), each child has to pay a “party fee” in order to attend the party. If a child is unable to pay that fee, they cannot attend the party. The collected fees are used to pay for party food, decorations, gifts, etc. That is hard for us to imagine, but it is common in other countries.
The children that Fullness in Christ Ministries’ sponsor are from very poor homes where there is not even enough money for food, much less a “party fee.” As part of the Christmas blessing for the sponsored children, those fees are paid and the children get to attend the Christmas party at their schools. We’ve had children tell us they never went to a party before and they say “thank you, thank you, thank you for paying the fee so I could attend.”
We also say “Thank You” to you for your generosity in giving to bless the children all year and especially at Christmas. Sometimes the simple things many of us take for granted are a huge blessing to others.
Our Christmas plans: Pay those “party fees” of course! We also desire to provide a gift for every sponsored child (all 821 of them) plus their siblings. We also provide something special to eat, either at a Christmas meal at the church or for them to take home. It is a big vision, but we have a great big God.
Some donors have said they are sending the same amount for the children in the Philippines that they are spending on their own families. Others say their adult children don’t need much so they are giving more to the children in the Philippines. Some are giving in memory or in honor of loved ones. Some have given to honor Jesus at this special time of year. Whatever God speaks to you, will be a blessing.
Christmas is coming soon! We need to receive the donations for Christmas before Thanksgiving so we can send the money the first week of December to the pastors who care for the children.
If you are interested in investing in the life of a very poor child, let me know or check out the Fullness in Christ Ministries website at http://fullnessinchristministries.org.