Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Christmas packages for sailors and refugee children

As we do every year, Traveling Light wants to support several Christmas packages campaigns, namely those of harbor evangelist Alexander Eberson and that of 222 Ministries.

Alexander writes in his latest newsletter:

"Christmas is the time for me to show the sailors in word and deed that God loves them too. I want to give a Christmas gift to every sailor I visit. Will you help me with this?

What's in it? A turtleneck scarf or hat, a pair of socks, a bottle of shower gel, a notepad with pen, a roll of Mentos fruit, a Mars, a Christmas card, and a Christmas tract. Each package costs about 6.00 euro. Will you also help me with this this year?"

And then 222 Ministries, they are organizing Operation Christmas Joy (OCJ) again this year. 222 Ministries is convinced that they must invest in children, that they must give them good education and good influences as they develop. As the next generation, they are the carriers of change for the future.

An important way in which they serve children is through OCJ. 222 now has many Afghan children in need as a result of the recent crisis. OCJ's goal for 2021 is to deliver packages to at least 1,000 children, 500 each of Iranian and Afghan descent.

OCJ needs to expand to reach refugees not only in Turkey, but also in Pakistan, Greece and the Balkan countries. Until now, the focus has been on Christian refugees, but 222 wants to take advantage of the opportunities for the families to share with other Farsi-speaking friends and neighbors. This proves to be a fruitful way to expand the Church's mission.

The packages contain clothes and shoes, especially for winter, multivitamins. baby milk, toys, and educational materials. Whenever possible, 222 children will gather for celebrations, but in smaller numbers. Celebrations are really important because most children had to stay isolated due to the Covid crisis.

If you would like to sponsor a package, you can

  • send a donation to St. Traveling Light, Papendrecht IBAN: NL91RABO0118582275 BIC: RABONL2U, or 
  • ­čĺ│ Give by card 

Don't forget to mention whether it is for SAILORS or for 222.