First 2105 Christmas meal for refugee children from Iraq and Syria has already been held in Lebanon
Children were full of smiles during the pay that was presented on the Gospel story
A puppet show as used to explain the purpose of the coming of theJesus Christ
Christmas for Refugee director William Murray helps to pass out meals to one of the smaller groups the children formed by age and gender.
Adults were served fish and rice on plats from large platter. Children received hambeurger and fries in single serving trays. The contents of the children’s gift bag and work books is shown with blankets.
A banner proclaiming Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” at a Christmas for Refugees event in Iraq
Time for the meal at an event in Jordan
Nancy Murray, William Murray and Bob Armstrong with large bags of food staples to be distributed to the families of the children attending
Nancy Murray helps to distribute meals to the nearly 150 children at this event
William Murray distributes meals at an event in Jordan
Some children took turns going onto the platform to help lead the singing
After a performance by clowns and a puppet show a short play of the birth of Jesus was portrayed. There was also a coloring contest as well as a hot meal and gifts.
Sharing among the children at a Christmas 2015 event in Jordan
Bags of personal items were given to each child as a gift at events in Jordan
Children sing along at an event in Lebanon
Nancy Murray displays sample meal that is being distributed to children in background in Lebanon
Children singing at an event in Lebanon 2015
Iraqi children pray before meal is served
Kurdish TV channel captures Christmas for Refugees event for news broadcast
Clowns running a puppet show that proclaims the Gosple
A balloon contest at an event in Iraq
A lot of goodies for one little Iraqi boy as he leaves to go back to camp
Children hold up coloring books for contest at one event.
Children coloring at an event in Iraq
Snack served at half way point of program
Dancing and singing Christmas songs
Christmas for Refugees
Christmas events for Iraqi and Syrian Christian refugee children began in Jordan in 2013 and expanded to Lebanon in 2014 and Iraq in 2015. In 2017 the Christmas program was introduced at a Christian orphanage in Nigeria. In 2018 the program expanded to Syria and the West Bank. The Christmas programs last several hours and include Gospel themed puppet shows, games, and Christmas carols. Gospel themed coloring books and work books are distributed to the children who also receive a meal. Each child takes home a gift to the family of food staples, hygiene product packages and/or blankets depending upon region.