12 Days of Christmas: Faith

How fitting that the first post in our 12 Days of Christmas series is about faith. It’s what the Baby Jesus represented: fulfillment of the Jews’ faith that a Messiah was coming.

I read about a Christian woman who was so heavily burdened that she questioned her faith. She commented to her Jewish high school students that it might be hypocritical to act as if you have faith when you don’t. Her students responded that God wants you to faithfully do what He tells you even if you don’t know why.

She set aside her burdens, pulled out her Christmas decorations, and spent all of December reading her Bible every day. By Christmas Eve, she discovered that acting as if she had faith helped her rediscover her faith. She called it a Christmas miracle.

Hebrews 11:1 describes faith this way:

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see” (NLT).

We at Food for the Hungry (FH) have the privilege of seeing people acting in faith every day. Nasrin in Bangladesh was a sponsored child who dreamed of getting an education to break the bonds of poverty in her life. When an accident left her father unable to work, it looked like Nasrin’s dream would die. But her mother acted in faith and enrolled Nasrin in the FH child sponsorship program. Today, Nasrin is a school teacher. Her lifelong dream has come true.

You can teach the children in your life about faith this Christmas through our 12 Days of Christmas eBook. Written from a child’s perspective, the first story in the book tells how children in Guatemala celebrate the miracle of Jesus’ birth and how excited children get when they receive something as simple as school supplies. They know the supplies can help keep them in school, which is vital to overcoming poverty.

We hope that this story will inspire your faith and help a child learn about Jesus’ love for those living in poverty.

About Karen Randau

A native of the southwestern U.S., Karen uses her blog posts to put into action her passion for helping people be all that God intended them to be. She is able to do this through her role in the Food for the Hungry communications department of the Global Service Center in Phoenix in two ways. First, she helps people understand the plight faced by impoverished people in developing nations. Second, she brings light to the successful ways Food for the Hungry is helping people.

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