Our party for the poor
which started on December 24, at 9:30 AM and ended at 20:00 hours
and it went very well. It started with 9 cooks, mainly women who
began by cooking rice, special popcorn, cakes, heavy meat soup and
many others delicious foods. This took us five hours.
There were over 1100
children who benefited from this party but because the journalist
couldn't wait for the late arrival of children from far away. The
party started with Christmas traditional music from our church, then
we praised the Lord using a rented PA system. All the kids were
very, very happy seeing for the first time Ice cream as a prelude to
eating our most stable food, the rice. There were 37 children
between the ages of 6-15 who accepted Jesus as their Lord and
Saviour. Since then, they had been attending our regular Sunday
We gave them Christmas
gifts which included a complete new suit of clothes that was sewn by
volunteer tailors and curiously many of the kids, almost all of them
would not wear their new clothes until Christmas Day itself.
The sad thing was that
on New Year's day, most of the kids came again to our home begging
for food thinking that we could do it all again but this was not
possible. They returned to their slums and other so-called homes
downhearted, but we did manage to offer them something for the day.
We extend our
appreciation to you for your patient and understanding in our first
experience with this party for the poor.
The party for hundreds
of adults, the disabled, the widows, orphans and AIDS victims is
planned for January for an area of Monrovia where all these people
are gathered in misery.
John Duco, Monrovia,
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