A vision we had in our hearts for this Christmas was to go in four different places with gifts for poor children. It started small, but as we talked to people and gathered the shoe-boxes, we were amazed by the generosity of people and their open hearts. 

One of the places was Iasi and a village near Iasi where we gave shoe-boxes to small children from a very poor area. Being there was also an opportunity to spend time with the base leader in YWAM Iasi, as she is one of  the people we mentor in ministry. 

Another team from ELS Cluj when to visit the small YWAM team from Uzice, Serbia. It was such a blessing to spend time with Chris and Mirjam Klop and their children. We realize that Christmas really is and it should be a time to encourage others and poor your hearts in love.

One of the main focus area in our ministry is schools and kindergarten. We have found an amazing openness in Baciu, where we live. The teachers are really happy to receive teams from YWAM, so we took advantage and we also organize here an event before Christmas. We shared the story of Jesus and listen to carols from children.  

It was a complete blessing from God to be able to do all this, since we have been able to give, in total, 400 shoe-boxes in Baciu, Craiova, Republica Moldova, Serbia and Iasi.

By Florin Mihaly, ELS Ministries Cluj