The Gift of Light at Christmas

December 21, 2017

A tree stands in the lobby at Galilee. It’s our Christmas Mission Tree and we decorate it every year with ornaments representing worthy causes like Backpack Buddies, Kingsway Prison and Family Outreach, and the Child Rescue Center and Mercy Hospital in Sierra Leone. Then we plug in the tree so that it shows everyone what we are celebrating: the light of Jesus Christ coming into the world.

This year, the light of that tree reaches a little further thanks to your generous donations and the work of our partners at Helping Children Worldwide. 

Lights like these will shine at the CRC Christmas party.

Because you took an ornament off our tree (as did others at sixteen Northern Virginia churches that support the work of the CRC), the Child Rescue Centre is planning the best Christmas party ever to coincide with school holidays in Bo, Sierra Leone. Every child enrolled in a CRC program is invited whether they have a sponsor or not.  

Sierra Leone is a Muslim-majority country where poverty is deeply entrenched and worse than any want that we know in our nation. A festive meal with family and friends is something very rare and special, and that’s what the kids will enjoy at the CRC Christmas party. They’ll watch a nativity play, sing songs together, eat heartily, and get a bag of goodies including a Luci solar-powered lantern. That’s a great gift that will help provide light in homes without electricity.

It matters that the United Methodist Church is on the ground in Sierra Leone, showing kids the light of Jesus. At Christmas Eve services at Galilee this year, you’ll see that ornaments remain on the Christmas Mission tree in our lobby. Please take one and help support the Child Rescue Center and Mercy Hospital. You can sponsor a child for one year or donate to the hospital. And thank you for your offerings of love and support throughout the year.

We pray that in this season, the light of Our Lord shines brightly in your life.



We sent our pastor to Sierra Leone last spring. This summer, you could join a mission team, too. Click here to learn about an exciting July 2018 mission opportunity.