The Best Gift of All

ORION, Bataan — Christmas, they say, is a time for kids. A time for gifts, food, toys, and all things that spell fun for children. Most importantly, it is a time for kids to spend time with their family and loved ones.

But for some kids, Christmas is a time of hoping—hoping for a loving family they can call their own.

Six-year old Johara knew exactly what she wanted for Christmas.  At such a young age, she has been longing for a family where she can be loved and appreciated.

“I cry every night, wishing I have a mom and dad. I envy those kids who have their families with them this Christmas,” she sadly shared.

More than getting a new dress or a new pair of shoes, Johara never stopped praying for a family where she and her younger brother could belong.

“I always pray to God to grant my wish. Still I am very much happy that my brother and I have a place to stay,” she said.

Johara is just one of the children who are being taken care of in King’s Garden Children’s Home in Orion, where Operation Blessing (OB) held its Holiday of Hope and Cheers last December 16.

OB travelled all the way to Bataan to bring smiles to wishful kids of the orphanage. Fifty children eagerly gathered for the program, which included a 30-minute film showing of Christian Broadcasting Network’s (CBN) The Storyteller Café, fun games, and song and dance numbers. OB also hosted games for the kids, giving chocolates as prizes.

To show their appreciation, the kids rendered a Christmas song and dance number with big grins on their faces.

Before the program ended, OB gave out hand puppets as an additional treat for the kids.

“This Christmas, I asked God for a new toy and He gave me one! Thanks to you!” nine-year old Bong joyfully told OB upon receiving the gift.

As for Johara, she learned something that day. “I came to know Jesus and His love for the children. Even if I still don’t have my own family to take care of me, God loves me for sure,” she said confidently.

King’s Garden Director Monica Jarvis expressed her deepest appreciation, seeing the kids blissful with the presents. “You really made the kids happy today. Thank you for visiting us,” she gratefully told OB.

“I also believe the kids got the best gift this Christmas, and that is the love which only God can give. Every child deserves a family, and that is why we are here for them. We teach them about God, a Father who would never ever leave them,” Jarvis said.

The program ended with the kids merrily gathering around the Christmas tree for a picture taking while holding the presents they got. Grateful smiles bid the OB team goodbye as they left the orphanage.

Each year, OB continues to share the true meaning of Christmas through its Holiday of Hope and Cheers program, attesting that, truly, no gift is greater than God’s love.

February 2012
Earth-Shattering Tragedies
Nothing Can Shake Us
Both Young and Old Hit by Sendong

January 2012
Cleaning Up After Sendong
Missions That Save Lives
A Magical Christmas
Healing After the Storm
Holiday of Happiness
Iligan: Hope and Heroism
Cagayan de Oro: Tales of Survival and Compassion

November 2011
The Hat Weavers of Jao
The Right Tools for Recovery
Keeping the Malong Alive

October 2011
Operation Blessing Uplifts Flooded Calumpit
When We Need You The Most
Rainbow After the Flood
Surprise for a Survivor
A Heart Full of Hope
Worse Than Ondoy
Small Things Go a Long Way
Aid Arrives in Nueva Ecija

September 2011
Dreams and Answered Prayers
Merry, Joyful Mary Joy
Sharing Hope Through a Toy
Caring for the Seniors

August 2011
Erick Can Smile Now
Saving Grace
God’s Mercy Amidst Life’s Tragedy

July 2011
Winmark Finally Wins
Life When the River Rises
New Life Beyond a Broken Bridge
A Timely Blessing
OB First to Bring Relief to Hardest Hit of Davao Flood Victims

June 2011
Mission Behind Bars
Weaver on Wheels
Helping Out Grandma Potter
Sewing Her Way Out of Poverty
Enrico is All Grown Up
A Mother’s Honorable Dream
Wheel Marks on the Sand

May 2011
Meet Determined Dexter
How Precious is an OB Well?
A Celebration of God’s Faithfulness: Love Your Neighbor
"It's Like a New Life!"
Feet of My Own
Dancing On One Leg

April 2011
Something To Make Her Smile
Grandma's New Boat
Moving Forward
Everything Will Be All Right

March 2011
Operation Blessing Leaves Legacy Among Payatas Kids
Freed From Agony
He Could Have Been Anybody’s Dad
Seed of Hope

February 2011
Operation Blessing Moves to New Home in Pasig
Relief That Restores Hope
A Chance to Show Compassion
A Simple Wish Granted

January 2011
Believing the Impossible
A Stool for a Cane
Keeping the Vow She Made
A Gift Better Than Gold

December 2010
Road to Recovery
God Bless Ye Merry Little Men
Abandoned But Not Forgotten
There’s Someone Who Loves Me
No, Not Abandoned!

November 2010
God Cares, Still!
Just One Touch
Touching an Orphan’s Heart
Faithful in Every Season

October 2010
One Unforgettable Visit
One Heart at a Time
Mixed Rice and Toothy Grins
Blessed Beyond Measure
A Day of Enchantment
Someone to Love As We Grow Old

September 2010
Operation Blessing Serves the Elderly in Cavite
A Handicapped Woman’s Beautiful Feet
New Life, New Hope
Operation Blessing Helps Out in Damayang Lagi Fire
Operation Blessing Brings Smiles Amidst Fire Tragedy
From Hopeless End to Endless Hope

August 2010
Sewing a Better Life
Jhan-Jhan’s Priceless Gift
Operation Blessing Responds To Caloocan Fire
Operation Blessing Kids Graduate with Honors and Hope
Thankful Mothers of Payatas
Repair Skills Restore Hope and Dignity
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