As we all gathered around that small stuffy third floor room in the home of our first POI orphanage, gifts were pulled from our suitcases one by one. As each child received their presents, the rest of the children would clap and cheer with excitement.
The cheering continued as each and every sock, hair bow, and toy was revealed out of its gift bag. Because this was unlike any other Christmas they had experienced before.
As you may have heard us share before, the majority of our families within the POI communities survive on less than two dollars a day. Christmas presents are simply unattainable within these families.
While in Honduras a few weeks ago, Ruth (POI cofounder) asked some of our students what they were most excited about as Christmas was approaching.
Apples and grapes.
Not one of them said gifts or “things” but simply the opportunity to eat something special they could not normally afford. Along with their special treats of fruit, they were thrilled to be spending time with family and experiencing the joy of Christmas—simply being together.
This Christmas, we want to send a special thank you to those of you who have made these faces smile bigger and brighter with each passing year. You have given so much to ensure their hearts are happy and their bellies are full. But more importantly, you have enabled our students to learn and cherish the true meaning of Christmas.
As you spend time with loved ones this Christmas season, please know that we are entirely grateful for your generosity—without you, these fourteen children (and many more) would not be spending their Christmas break how every child deserves to spend their Christmas—with someone who truly loves them.
Who is blogging?
Hannah Hamilton is the daughter of David and Ruth Hamilton, founders of Point of Impact Ministry. She first traveled to Honduras at 6 years old and has been passionate about advocating for the impoverished ever since. To read more, click here.