by Ashley Henderson
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year filled with joy, festivities, and holiday traditions. For us, at Kenedi it is a busy time filled with ministry parties, Christmas sermons, community outreach, and a theatrical production. By God’s provision and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, our many projects were successful in spreading the Christmas message and the love of Jesus Christ. Below you can read a snippet about each event and enjoy some photos. Merry Christmas.
Church Plants-all of our church plants decorated their churches for Christmas and had a few parties with their ministries. Christmas carols were sung and some put together small nativity dramas. They went around the village and delivered gifts to families.
Children’s Ministry- This year, the children led the program and parents participated. Some read bible verses, some sang Christmas songs, and a group did a dance. There were games and a puppet show to tell the story of Jesus’s birth.
Shqiponja- Our Korçë-based preteen ministry has four zones around the city. For their Christmas program, each zone had a few performances: skits, singing, dances, and pantomimes.
Nje Brez I Ri- The Junior High ministry in Korçë invited the junior high groups from our village church plants and Pogradec for a night full of games, gifts, worship, dramas, and the Christmas story.
Youth Space- The High School group in Korçë invited the other groups from our village church plants and Pogradec for a night like Nje Brez I Ri’s. Some of the groups contributed with skits, music, and games.
Day Center- The day after Christmas, the day center had a Christmas party. The kids invited their parents to celebrate with them and the center staff.
Seniors- The seniors that gather at the Korçë church daily, had a party of their own at the church. Food and wine were served and traditional music was danced to.
Special Education-On Christmas Eve there was a huge party at the group home. Some members of the church joined them for dancing and gifts. The director had the place decorated and made their Christmas special.
Hospital Outreach-For almost twenty years, a group has visited the children’s hospital on Christmas to deliver presents to patients and their parents. This year the children’s ministry leaders and a few of the kids took on that responsibility and had a great time doing it.
Boys and Girls Home- Each house had its own celebrations with gingerbread decorating, presents, and other festivities. The boys home opened in January so this was the boys’ first Christmas in the safe house.
From the Kenedi Foundation Family to all of you, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!! God bless you.nnnnhhnnn