Hope and Joy in Central Asia
Sadly, many children today are faced with growing up not only in a hostile world but in family homes which should be a safe sanctuary but are often dysfunctional and broken down. Poverty, drug addiction, abuse and fractious relationships between parents, are the ‘norm’ for many children. The outlook is bleak and hopeless; a downward spiral of depressing times ahead – even life on the street – is all that many young people have as their life’s outlook.
Many SGA supporters will be aware of ‘Shoebox’ appeals which are organised here in the UK for Christmas time ministry in Eastern Europe. In Central Asia the same sort of project is organized locally. BM/SGA provide funds for the C. Asia ‘Joy of Christmas’ project, through which parcels of essential daily items and children’s toys are given out to needy families at Christmas. Opportunity is taken to relate the Christmas story, to share the real message of Christmas with many who may not know the Bible’s story of Christ’s birth.