This year over 3000 people lined up to get Christmas gifts for their kids! Each venue is different, but there's never enough room inside to hold everyone, so they set up tents outside for people to wait in line until they are let inside the building. We were the musical entertainment for everyone waiting under the tent. While we sang, we ministered while others prayed for those in line. It was beautiful.
Here are some snapshots from our trip.
|Jared was "Reginald" for a brief time that weekend. All of the volunteers wore name tags, so we could get inside the building.|
|Look at all the donations!|
Of course it took a while to get in the building... The first person was in line at midnight; the tent was already full when we arrived at 7 am and didn't empty out until the late afternoon.
It was also Mama and Daddy's 29th anniversary weekend! They are such a great example of love and marriage! I love Mama and Daddy!
Over 3000 people came through the line and heard about Jesus. Over 3000 people received gifts to take home for their children to have Christmas gifts to open on Christmas day. And there was enough to go around! Sadly, the last 400 people didn't receive much, but last year they ran out of items and many people went home empty-handed after standing in line for 10 + hours.
It really is a humbling experience to be a part of something so beautiful. I'm so thankful for my own blessings and for the ability to be a blessing to others.
If you're interested in participating in next year's event or you'd just like more information, check out www.praiseministriesintl.com.
Here's a video recap of the weekend from Praise Ministries International.