What do you want for Christmas?

“If you could have anything in the world, what would you want?” That’s the question Larry Wu asked all of the CRF children at the Lakeside Orphanage near Kisumu, Kenya. It’s a pretty thought provoking question, isn’t it? It’s a lot like, “What do you want for Christmas?” If someone asks me what I want for Christmas, my mind can explore all kinds of options. And most of them are possible. This year I want that new Kindle reader that’s waterproof. And I kind of want a high tech camera too. Will I get them? Probably. I have the means. I have the desire. I tend to get what I really want. It’s possible. Not so much for AIDS orphans at Lakeside.

After Christmas morning, a little girl was asked, “Did you get everything you wanted for Christmas?” She replied, “Why? It’s not my birthday.” She was right. It wasn’t her birthday. And it’s not my birthday or your birthday either. Christmas is the day to remember Jesus being born into our world. Sure—we don’t know the exact day. But we are celebrating His birthday, not ours. And I for sure was born in July.

So how did the Lakeside children answer Larry? “We would like to have meat once a week!” If they could have had anything in the entire world, they didn’t want a Kindle or a camera—they wanted food. When I heard their answer, I felt a bit selfish. And I also felt very rich. I have a lot of food. And there is an abundance of meat in Amarillo, Texas.

I’ll probably get what I want for Christmas. Maybe you will too. But wouldn’t it be nice to make an orphaned child’s dreams come true too? Larry did on that day. He started providing funds so that they were able to eat meat once a week. But there are still a lot of kids out there with similar wishes. Could you help their wishes come true by giving to our feeding program or sponsoring a child this Christmas season?

— Milton Jones, CRF President

Comments

comments