Just imagine . .
You are a widow because your husband has died of AIDS, you are now
HIV as well and the village and the family have rejected you. You
are an orphan because both Mum and Dad have died of AIDS and because
you are the oldest you have to care for the smaller children, alone.
You saw your family massacred in a rebel attack, your home was
burned and you live in a camp with no facilities at all. You are a
child living on the street eating from the bins, chased away by
Then one day this week a man taps you on the shoulder,
smiles, gives you a slip of hand written paper from an exercise book. He
says, “Come to this place on this day, Come, I’ll collect you.”
When you get there people sit you down, sing to you,
speak to you, wait on you as if you were in the restaurant the rich go to,
and serve you with as much as you can eat and drink. They explain to you
what happened on Christmas Day a long time ago and how this Jesus lived,
died and rose again and will give you hope today. You are sent home with
medicine, or a school book, or a mosquito net, or seeds or a tool to make
You live in famine stricken and AIDS-ridden Malawi, in the refugee camps of north Uganda
or in a colony of 325 socially unacceptable lepers in India and you have just been to our Christmas
Party, the only party you have ever been to.
Three years ago the Lord spoke to us from Luke 14 saying,
"When you put on a
luncheon or a dinner, don't invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and
rich neighbours. For they will repay you by inviting you back. [This
is what people do and what we used to do but not any more]
Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. Then at the
resurrection of the godly, God will reward you for inviting those who could
not repay you. Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the city and invite
the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. Go out into the country
lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that my
house will be full."
So maybe you can to do the same as us this Christmas.
Bless the poor, those crippled by life, AIDS or whatever, the lame who are
limping because of the hardships of life or accident, and the blind,
literally and spiritually. You find them in the streets, the alleys and in
the bush - not in the churches. People who have become hopeless and
helpless, people who have no-one to care about them, except Christ. You can
serve them as if you were serving Christ himself [Matthew 25.35] and give
them a day that they will never forget as long as they live which may not be
much longer. We promise you - you will feel the smile of God instead of the
smile of the shops who normally take your Christmas money.
This is how to have a Happy Christmas.
Contact Us about holding a Christmas Party with the Poor
Christmas people in DCI literally fed
the 5000 by
taking food, drinks, gifts, music, drama, clowns and a big smile to
some of the poorest men, women and children in the world. Click here to the photo album
or click on the country names to see some very beautiful faces from Congo,
Cuba, Haiti, Indonesia, Liberia,
Nepal, Papua, Peru Villages, Peru Children and
Easy to print page here and page two here
George Purkweri, Lira, Uganda
says we held your own DCI Christmas party here instead of in the UK. We
welcomed 930 blind, lame, AIDS victims, orphans, widows and
destitute people. Everyone had nice food, drinks and gifts and knows
there is a God and Saviour who loves them.
Gbogatse, in Guinea held a free Christmas
Party in Conakry for beggars, disabled people, children, the elderly
and AIDS victims.
Mara, Pousso Alegre, Brazil
says, The new church planting class all helped with
our Christmas party for 130 local poor kids.
Moses Aringo is organising food, gifts and a fantastic Christmas Party with the Poor for 400 people in Lilongwe, Malawi helped by people from different churches.
cooked a huge amount of food for 800 disabled or poor people and
invited street people, addicts and beggars to a Christmas Party with
the Poor in Camaguey, Cuba.
Prem Thapa in Nepal is going
to Naram village where there are no Christians at all to
invite 500 poor people to a party with food, drink and gifts to hear that Christmas is all about the coming of Jesus.
Roland Canazas is organising a Christmas Party with the Poor in three
villages along the Peruvian Amazon, and another not far from Huancayo,
all with food, celebration and gifts to take home.
Juan Campos Ballesteros
says thanks to readers for buying medicines for poor children and
Christmas baskets of food for poor families in Picapiedras, Peru.
WHO IS THE LIFE AND SOUL OF YOUR PARTY ?
Our twelve Christmas
Parties for the Poor from the Amazon to Indonesia have the fires almost ready to
be lit under the giant cooking pots. This is no feeding
program that lines men and women up for a handful of rice. These
parties have ingredients like soul, compassion, love, hope and
the presence of Jesus who is pleased to celebrate with the
homeless, the widows, the orphans, the addicted, the AIDS victims, the
lame, blind and crippled and the women who sell themselves to feed
their children. They will all go home with their stomachs full
with their hearts overflowing because God has seen their sufferings,
heard their cries and has come down to do something for them through
His people. The life and the soul of the party ? That must be
Our friends and organisers in Camaguey - Cuba, Ranledis
and María were very excited hours after the event and told
how poor people wept openly at the party.
Many children came to a first celebration and then in a second event
the guests of honour were the widows, the elderly, orphans, the town
alcoholics and AIDS victims who no-one wants around, in fact everyone
they could find who had nothing to celebrate, 590 people altogether.
The believers served them with a welcoming smile, hugged them, wept
with them and in the end everyone had a day that they will never
To spend his Christmas
with the poor our partner in Banten,
invited drunkards, prostitutes, people practicing
occultism for money and many weak, sick people and jobless
adults. He expected maybe 250 people but on the day 244 adults
and 203 children turned up and renjoyed a party that was full of joy,
dance, drama, singing
and then tears as people saw how meaningless their lives had become
without God and asked for His forgiveness. As Yoppi
those that met Jesus there was no greater
That's what Pastor Sarwar, our partner in Lahore
- Pakistan said after holding a Christmas Party
with the Poor.
them the Christmas story and then three different singers led in
worship which had everyone clapping and dancing. Everyone ate till they
could eat no more and later all 300 widows, orphans, elderly
people and poor children received gifts of warm winter
They said that nobody had ever given them gifts before but this
Christmas every one went home with beautiful clothes. Two hundred and
thirty five men and women also decided to follow Jesus forever and
received God's own beautiful gift of salvation.
This is the first ever Christmas Party with the Poor near
in the Peruvian Amazon when hundreds of people who struggle to survive
each day could not believe that the welcome, the food, the service with
a smile and the music, drama and the prayer for them was for real, but
it was. Our colleague Rolando Camazas then went on
to San Lorenzo, normally 48 hours
away on the river to open a second free School
Our first Christmas
Parties with the Poor began in Lira
in the war years and made the national press right away. This year the
guest of honour and after lunch speaker was a severely disabled man who
lives on a home-made trolley, and whose faith in God moved the whole
gathering. You can meet him by clicking here, but you might be
shocked. Since these celebrations first started and changed the image
of the church, over 30 new churches for the poor have opened under the
leadership of our friend George
There are a lot of things that believers cannot do in
Belarus, which is Europe's last
dictatorship and often the source of bad
about churches, believers and pastors. Amazingly our partners there who we
cannot name for their own safety, received official permission to explain and
celebrate Christmas in four children's homes. They received a tremendous welcome
from hundreds of very excited young people.
a remote part of West Africa where Christians are a tiny minority and
where it is not popular to be a believer, lives Pastor Matilda with her
eight children, five of whom belonged to her assistant who was murdered
a while ago. Matilda could not do a Christmas
Party with the Poor
but last Sunday she quietly welcomed 60 people. After lots of talking
seven ladies who live very hidden lives decided to risk following
Jesus, and everyone enjoyed good food and took home gifts of oil and
Not far from Mount Everest our partner in
Pastor Prem spent his Christmas taking a
party to celebrate God's gift of Jesus
to 300 poor people in Nawalparasi. All the 100 street children who came
received a gift of warm clothes and later the celebration continued
down the road in Chitwan with something very special for widows and
later on, prisoners. Prem said afterwards that they could feel the
glory of God as they made Christmas special for the poor of Nepal.
The Worldwide Christmas Party
for the Poor 2007 . .
The Party happened this year in the
Click on the country names to read the organizers report. Click here
to see the photos:
Page 1 and
Page 2 Over
3000 disabled people, AIDS victims, street kids, homeless people,
beggars, widows and orphans enjoyed a day they will never forget,
eating, drinking and being served by smiling believers, and after an
explanation of the reason for Christmas they went home with a gift
to commemorate God's greatest and best gift of all, to them and to
everyone, Jesus - Saviour, Healer, Provider and Giver of Hope.
The Uganda Party for the Poor
We welcomed people with all kinds of disabilities, the cripples,
the lame, the blind, the deaf, AIDS, mad people and others,
774 in all. People came carry-ing sick and lame on bicycles,
in vehicles and others carried their sick people in their
arms from the hospital. There was food, drinks and gifts
of clothes, and scholastic materials for children. Even
the cripples were dancing on their hands to praise our God
who made all this possible for them. We heard the message
of Christmas and 80 people decided to follow Jesus. After
the party all the streets were full of people singing praise
to God. So many poor people without a shepherd were carried,
pushed or put in trucks to get them back. Not many pastors
have a heart for the poor and see them as a liability, in
fact one church is sending away the people who were sleeping
in their grounds and they have nowhere to go to. Maybe we
can open a centre for the poor in Lira?
George Purkweri, Pastor for the
Poor, Lira, Uganda
In Indonesia we’re still doing our Christmas party . .
We are still visiting 90 more poor families with free Christmas
gifts of rice, sugar, vegetable oil, sauce, fish, salt,
milk, and the Gospel. The Party here was so wonderful with
400 people, young and old and 140 children all together
to celebrate Christ’s birth with songs, dance, prayer, food,
drinks, Gospel booklets, gifts, CDs and clothes. About 50
people received Jesus as their Saviour and Lord. Some people
received healing from diseases and demons and some renewed
their commitment to Christ. We blessed pastors with gifts
and we prayed for the harvest. We did puppet shows, Gospel
stories and a garden party. The meal was bat meat, beef,
roasted duck, fish and coconut. They all ate and were filled,
with baskets full of the fragments that remained. In one
other gathering 18 young people committed their lives to
serve the Lord. This Christmas party was the most extravagant
I’d ever seen.
Yoppi Margianto, Indonesia
Wonderful Malawi Christmas Party
for the Poor
Despite the rain the people came, we had music, dance and
different perfomances. I gave gifts of clothes, books and
seeds. All the 400 people were in a tent next to our house.
May God bless you and everone who gave, we were able to
see some faces happy this time who otherwise have no reason
to be happy at all. Hope the photos will be with you soon.
Pastor Moses, Luinga, Mzuzu, Malawi.
From Chaing Mai, Thailand
Click on the links to see lots of
photos and read the story
message of Christmas to 200 Karen unreached people
Party for the Poor for 100 severely mentally ill patients
with 200 Shan refugees from rape and murder in Burma
Party for 300 poor Shan tribes people
Christmas in a village of spirit worshippers
Party in a hospital for the poor and abandoned
These people are from multiple people
groups and many don't know the Lord Jesus.
They have every kind of disease and have suffered
every kind of road accident or other form of accident
that you can only begin to imagine. Many have also
been tortured, especially the refugees from Burma.
This Christmas brought them tears of joy and hope.
From Gareth Lavell, our friend
Christmas in Papua, a party to remember . . .
We brought 153 tribal people and 30 children in rented
government buses to a luxurious government building, not
under a tree as expected because we wanted to give the best
to the people. Neither did they dance half naked because
those who had no shirt were given one. 50 people were born
again, and 103 renewed a commitment to Christ and showed
their joy dancing after a worship time. We send our many
thanks to you all.
Adri and Sunni
Great of you to have done the parties
for the poor.
It takes a big heart to do it. If you see on the Christmas
tree a little light flickering, if you hear a little chime
from the evening bell, I am sure that it is the Lord telling
you: "Thank you". With all my love and prayers.
Philippe Saadé, Elboeuf, France.
§ What a lovely thought, however the privilege and
honour remain ours to thank Jesus according to Matthew 24
the only practical way we can, by blessing the poor, just
a small reflection of what Jesus himself always did and
asks us to do not once a year but every day.
Les and Pilar
Greetings from Malawi . . .
I have found out that I might need double
what I had requested, the number of people will be even bigger because there
is famine in this place. The poor people i was talking with would not
believe that they will eat free. I happen to visit a family of seven
children all orphans, both parents dead because of AIDS and they had totally
nothing to eat even as I was with them. I pointed them to Jesus Christ who
is able in all things, three of them gave there lives to Christ there and
then, I invited all to them party.
Pastor Musa, Mzuzu
I have widows, orphans, the AIDS victims and the literal and spiritual
My poorest are almost being left to die in their poverty either in
the camps because of helpless condition or due to AIDS, lameness, blindness,
and other disabilities. I have children who are living alone on the streets,
eating from the dustbins. I plan to minister to these poorest people the
love and the care of God through giving them a day to remember African style
with good food, drinks, music, films or drama and an explanation of
Christmas Day, and prayer for the sick and hopeless, sending them home
blessed and carrying a useful gift.
George Purkweri, Lira, Uganda
Our Christmas party with the poor
We have had a very successful Christmas celebration with 230 people and the
MP for Mzuzu who was so excited at the love of Christ and so challenged that
he had to accept Christ when he saw words and deeds rhyme. At least ten gave
their lives to Christ after the drama, music and praise. We pitched a tent
by my home and gave gifts to the poor, We ate together and you could see the
happiness on people's faces for what God can do.
Moses Atte, Mzuzu District, missionary from
Today 29th December 2005 we had a special program for lepers.
We were able to feed and clothe 370 lepers at the
lepers colony. As last year also God enabled us to share the love of God and
the gospel of Jesus with these unwanted people. Many old ones have died but
new ones are added. The dead ones had heard about Jesus and loved Jesus and
died in peace. We thank God for the open door in this colony to share about
Christ. Pastor Johnson will continue the work and will keep on feeding them
when ever he goes there to meet them at least once in a month.
Christmas in Uganda beyond our expectation . .
God graced the celebration of the birth of His son Jesus as we
celebrated this years Christmas with 300 poor or lame, blind people, and
lepers, people with deformity and swollen bodies, the mentally ill,
paralyzed, deaf, epileptic people and AIDS widows, orphans. Friends offered
five vehicles to transport these poor people from the refugee camps to my
home where we had a party. We served Coca Cola and cooked a whole bull to
show God’s true love for the lowly people. These people went back praising
God and the whole town was surprised to see the poor rejoicing and praising
God in different vehicles. One journalist said ‘this is a true religion’. It
was a surprise to the civic leaders and a lesson to the rich who have all,
but are mean with their riches, and a great challenge to the religious
leaders in Lira. One church leader saw and learned and went himself to five
camps to bless 150 orphans with books, pens, soap and one plate each. Thanks
for this great blessing to Uganda.
George Purkweri, Lira, Uganda.
God moved in a great way with the 200 street kids . .
all the photos
They enjoyed a big roast and an Argentine potato salad. They ate a lot,
almost all of them without stopping. Normally they eat in street
soup kitchens and the kind of food they had was a miracle for
them. The happiness on their faces was indescribable and in
spite of the fierce heat that day we did all we planned for them.
At the end of the music, drama and the story of Jesus we made an
prayer of gratefulness to God for the celebration. Later we
distributed some very nice clothes that was a finishing touch for
these children, because their parents if they have any, can never
buy anything for them, not even the minimum necessities.
Mariela Ruiz, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
To our surprise 350 Hindu village people
Yeshu, Jai Yeshu (Praise Jesus) was the sweet chanting which the
poor, the lame and blind people recited with joy. Pastor gave a
short Christmas message and many confessed that it was for the first
time they heard the gospel. At the altar call everyone
invited Jesus into their hearts. To our surprise we were thrilled
to see them in church the following Sunday! It was with great joy
our church people served food to them. One of them said "I
never got so much of love in my whole life". We also gave
blankets to the needy. You have turned many tears of sorrow into joy. You
have such a great impact in the lives of poor people.
John Joseph, Central India.
In Burkina Faso it was awesome
we had this DCI sponsored beautiful meal with some of the most special
people in Burkina Faso. There were widows, blind, deaf, disabled and
sick people. How they clapped and rejoiced in the Lord. The
angels must have been celebrating with us. "
Marie Therese Lannuzel, Croydon, UK.
Our Christmas with the helpless touched everyone because it is the
first time that such a celebration took place over here. Some pastors
and AoG Council members came for the lesson and were touched. There
were blind and deaf people, lame people, orphans and very needy
Pasteur William Ouedraogo, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Uganda in December 2003
"Marvellous, excellent, historical"
said the chairman of the disabled in Lira and the local Member of
Parliament said, "This was the most real Christmas party which I
have ever been to."
We had over
450 men, women and children who are beggars, blind, lame,
paralysed, orphaned, with AIDS, and we had as guests of honour
the blind lepers who brought the presence of our Lord Jesus
who was born for such a people, the hopeless and downcast people
in the community. All the radio stations and the papers made us
the main news The name of the Lord has been lifted in Lira more
than before. It was much more better than holding even the biggest
crusade. My wife was still feeding other refugees the next morning
with the leftovers from the party even though everyone ate all
Pastor George Purkweri, Lira.
Not 200, but 350
turned up in Peru . . .
It has been wonderful, and you will
never believe that not 200 as planned but 350 poor children,
teenagers, adults and elderly people turned up. The people from
church were up very early getting the food ready and they did it
in the street with tremendous love and enthusiasm, the cooking
pans were huge. From 10 am till 3 pm we had the Word of God
through songs, drama and puppets it was just beautiful. We could
see Jesus working a miracle amongst us because the loaves and
fishes were genuinely multiplied as we had not provided for so
Even when everyone had finished we still had
plenty left over to take out on Christmas Eve to 50 poor
Quechuas in Yanamilla. It was a very special experience to be
actually in a stable with a real manger with all these people from
5pm till 11 at night. We could feel the cold of the night, and the
rain coming down and turning the ground to mud. We all slept on
the floor as these people do and we felt their poverty. The
people didn't stop singing and praising the Lord and listening to
the Word of God, they were full of joy and happiness. This has
been the most extraordinary Christmas that we have ever
seen in our lives, thank you for sharing your love and your hearts
with the poorest people in this world.
Raquel Yupanqui and Max Candia,
Contact Us about holding a Christmas Party with the Poor
The total cost for everything
was only just over £1 ($2) for each person, as nearly 1,600 of the poorest
people in the world enjoyed a day they will never forget for £1,250, a
gift that was raised by a literal handful of our DCI friends.
If we can do this what could you do for the
poor next Christmas if you were to start planning now ?
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