This is the time of the year when activities seem to never end: hearing Christmas carols, watching Christmas movies, shopping for presents, cooking and baking for Christmas to share, visiting families, friends and those who we have not seen seemingly for ages, and other events that exhaust our energy. In the madness of all these activities sometimes we still feel some kind of emptiness. It’s as if something is missing. What can this be? The actual meaning of Christmas- from the HEART. For me, the call is to reach out and be a sister to those who are in need: those who feel hopeless and distressed because they do not have someone to share the holiday or the dinner table, those who feel alone during this time of togetherness, those who feel they do not belong, those who feel hopeless because they cannot send their children to school, and those who feel UNLOVED.
This is the spirit of ANCOP – Answering the Cry of the Poor. The call for helping my brother and sister echoes when I hear that more children are in dire need of educational assistance so they can go to school or go back to school. This is further amplified when families do not have a decent home because they simply could not afford to have one. This deafening cry for help resonates when families feel lost when they face situations where they feel alone and need the faith and firm belief that God will always journey with them. Now is the time to respond.
So they say “big things come from small things” and “little leaps lead to bigger leaps.” In my experience, this was exemplified when CFC Windsor had a series of singing carols to different houses to raise funds for ANCOP. The funds are a part of the “small leaps” to help send children who cannot go to school because of lack of means and resources to sustain them through their educational lives. During the “carolling,” the carollers’ children joined us and sang Christmas songs with the soloist to sing “Mary Did You Know” or clapped as loud while singing “We wish you a Merry Christmas.” These children may not be aware that they are helping others. However, the joy in their faces while singing carols shine and lighten our spirit to move on to the next house to sing more carols in spite of some of the carollers nearly losing their voices. My heart jumps with joy knowing that these children, without their knowledge and in their own “little ways and small leaps,” are contributing to help send a child to school from the more than 4,000 children looking for educational assistance. These children are assisted by ANCOP in India, Kenya, Nigeria, the Philippines and other parts of the world.
“Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured out into your lap; because the amount you measure out is the amount you will be given back.” (Luke 6: 38) GIVE LOVE and make our world a better place for each and every one of us. Thank you for your generosity. Wishing you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS and A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.
Written by: Mariscele Napigkit
Photos by: Friends of CFC Windsor Carollers