More Christmas Fruit for God’s Glory
As promised in last month’s InSight, we have some more wonderful reports to share from this January’s Christmas outreaches in the CIS.
Pastor Nikolai Devyatkin faced some initial opposition trying to hold an Immanuel’s Child outreach. Local officials and anti-evangelical propaganda had been circulated, and one hall refused to rent to the church. But God intervened, and they were able to use a privately owned local House of Culture. On the day of the program, the hall was packed, with needy children from local neighborhoods plus many children from an orphanage and a home for children from dysfunctional families. Pastor Nikolai said that they had to bring in extra chairs, with some adults giving their seats to the children …
Our puppet program explained the true meaning of Christmas, and then we performed the Christian play, “The Old Shoemaker.” Then the gifts (provided through SGA partners) were distributed, including the Stars, two Christian books, candy, toothpaste and toothbrushes, and an orange. We even were able to send gifts to children at the orphanage who were sick and unable to come. We are thankful to all who helped us proclaim the Gospel to the children and adults. Everyone was grateful to God for this service!