Last Thursday

19 Dec

They didn’t know the story.

The kids who live at the local children’s home don’t have families. They sleep every night in the facility and are tucked in by their parent: the state.

They’re our kids just a mile down the road. On Thursdays we visit their dorms to sing, dance, play and tell stories. After the riveting singing of “Jesus Loves Me” I begin to tell the story of Christmas with an invitation for their help. One problem. As I throw out the familiar characters and events I realize this story is new to them.

What’s Jesus’ mommy’s name? They answer “Noma” which confirms to me they’re indeed hearing for the first time.

So this changes everything. I remember the story with fresh eyes and begin to tell it like it’s real. I know it until I teach it to an orphaned audience just now being introduced to Jesus. Then it finally makes sense why He’s born poor, why as a baby, why to serve.

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At the end we give them His name Immanuel, God’s with you. Right here, at this facility, when you go to sleep, when you wake up, when the staff changes shifts. Immanuel, God’s with us forever.


4 Responses to “Last Thursday”

  1. Lizzie December 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    Wow, Amber. This brought tears to my eyes. Thank God for people like you!

  2. Cheryl Wyatt December 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Awesome! Those little ones need to know about how much they are loved and you are the one God chose to tell them! How wonderful! Love you Amber!

  3. Joyce Lascoe February 12, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    Awesome Amber. But I’m also reminded that every believer is called to work in the kingdom in some way. Jesus said go into all the world and make disciples of every nation. If our “nation” is the united states, then it is imperitave that we do our part for the kingdom. There will be no fulfillment otherwise. It gives the Father joy when we do the “work” He called us to do. As long as we do what God equips us for, even if it isn’t such a front line as you Amber, God will still reward us. It’s not enough to applaud you for your intense ministry, we must do our part as well. Love you girl.

    • amberhelms February 14, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

      I love this. And you’re right, how often do we forget “the nations” includes America? America IS a nation. We don’t have to look far to reach the nations….they’re our neighbor’s and friends, America. We each have our unique sphere we’re called to stand in, with gentleness and truth as a testimony of Christ. Love you!!! I miss your teaching….. 🙂

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