Spreading the Christmas cheer | TLC treats kids of Dare to Care
Several wards were enchanted as Christmas carols flowed through the Mustard Seed Communities' Dare to Care Children's Home in Spanish Town, St Catherine, on the weekend, while others listened keenly to Bible stories as persons were fully engaged during an annual Christmas treat hosted by the Transformed Life Church's Outreach Ministry.
Administrator at the home, Clovel Folkes, said it was a joy to watch the children actively involved in the various events, and noted that it has contributed greatly to uplifting their spirits during the festive season.
"The children enjoyed themselves very well and it is one treat that they look forward to every year. They participated in the event and the whole interaction was what stood out for me. It is an indication that it is not just about the gifts and the food. At the end of the day, they were edified," she said.
"It has the spiritual aspect of it which makes it very uplifting. We do appreciate the church's dedication to provide something that is holistic for the children, and we do look forward to years to come," she said.
Cordene Henry, ministry leader for the outreach arm at the church, said it was a fulfilling experience for both the members of the church and the children.
"I think it was an excellent day, actually. What was most impactful was how receptive the children were to the teaching of the gospel, and the fact that nine of them accepted the Lord as their saviour, that makes it even more fulfilling. When you go there and they remember you, that is also fulfilling; it makes you always want to go back. I would do it all over again," Henry told The Gleaner.
She encouraged persons not to lose focus of the true meaning of the season but to, instead, ensure that their love for others is displayed.
"Let's look at life differently, let's see things the way God looks at things and not through the physical eyes. The bills might not be fully paid or at all; you might not be able to buy a ham, but you can purchase a piece of chicken and curry it instead. Look at what you have and be grateful," she said.
"The season is not about us. If Christ wasn't born we wouldn't have Christmas, so we ought to be focused on that."