Letter from the Pastors
Dear church family,
This has been such a difficult year for everyone, in every place!
For children in the villages around Kyiv, Ukraine, life is hard – parents have lost jobs, school is in and out of session, and they are often isolated from the rest of the world due to COVID-19 restrictions. They live in an unstable time that they can’t fully understand. And besides all that, the war with Russia in the east continues, bringing even more uncertainty.
Let’s do something, together, to help give these children JOY at Christmas!
Along with Mindy Henson (the missionary in Ukraine that our church supports), we want to invite you to join us in reaching out to these children during this especially challenging time.
Our desire is to collect gift bags for needy children that live in the villages near Kyiv. Each gift bag would include the dozen or so small items listed at the end of this letter.
These items can be placed in a gallon size Ziploc bag (or similar bag) and then Mindy and her team will put them in colorful Christmas gift bags once they all arrive in Ukraine. These gifts will be delivered at the end of December to the children.
The deadline for these bags will be Monday, November 2. The main collection point will be at Higher Ground Community Church, for the next two Sundays. However, if you are not able to come to the church at this time, please call Kellie Haithcoat at 573.268.3536, and she will arrange for a time to collect the bag(s) from you.
Sooo – you have two Saturdays 🙂 to collect these items! Would you consider donating a gift bag for this effort? Perhaps you could join with friends, or work together as a family, to bless children across the ocean.
Thank you for your love and prayers for Ukraine!
Copy-and-paste version for those of you that keep online shopping lists:
- Brush or Comb
- Uno or Skipbo Card Game
- Jump Rope or Yo Yo Toy
- Box of Hot Cocoa Mix
- Coloring Book
- 24 Pack of Crayons
- White or Black Crew Socks
- Pair of Winter Kids Gloves
- Winter Kids Hat
- Gallon-sized Ziploc bag (or similar)
- Optional: a gift bag
- If possible – $5 to help offset shipping costs
Due by Monday, November 2, 2020.