Foreign Language Clubs Experience Culture and the Blessing of Giving

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Sacha Harden, Ann Windle's Head Start Specialist, pictured with Liberty students Tiffany Lu and Maddie Jones when they delivered gifts to the children at Ann Windle

Sacha Harden, Ann Windle’s Head Start Specialist, pictured with Liberty students Tiffany Lu and Maddie Jones when they delivered gifts to the children at Ann Windle

Liberty Christian’s Mandarin, German, and Spanish clubs celebrated Christmas in December by hosting an international Christmas luncheon at Liberty filled with authentic recipes from China, Germany, and Mexico.

Students also brought gift items that were donated to Denton’s Ann Windle School for Young Children and Our Daily Bread Community Soup Kitchen on Dec. 10.

The Spanish and German Club collected more than 200 beanies/stocking caps, mittens, and boxes of crayons for preschoolers at Ann Windle, along with oranges and apples that filled the stockings of every child at the school. The Mandarin Club collected 18 blankets for the people served at Our Daily Bread.

At the international luncheon, student Michael Becker prayed a blessing in Chinese over the food, which included Chinese dumplings, German grilled sausages, and cookies and candies from a Mexican supermarket, just to name a few.

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Sam Kim, Sydney Carter, Matthew Hulke , Jacob Link, and Sean Liu donate blankets at Our Daily Bread

Mandarin Club sponsor Doris Trinh said, “All of that celebration cannot compare to the rewarding experience of seeing the recipients’ faces when we delivered our donations.”

When one man from Our Daily Bread received his blanket, he excitedly shared, “Yes, I believe in Jesus. I read the Bible and know He watches over me.”

Ms. Trinh said, “What a blessing it was to hear that Jesus met this man’s spiritual and physical needs.

“For some of our Mandarin Club officers to see with their own eyes how their donations blessed others was a great reminder that Christmas is time for giving.”

The blankets included a Christmas note with Bible verses from Luke 2:9–11 in English and Spanish that said, “An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord.”

Student Sydney Carter, co-president of the Mandarin Club, added, “Delivering the blankets to Our Daily Bread was an amazing and unforgettable experience. The happiness on the recipients’ faces when we gave them something as simple as a blanket was humbling. It showed me how blessed we are here at Liberty.”

Ms. Trinh said the foreign language clubs involvement in giving back at Christmas reminded her of what her pastor, Peter Teo, shared one Christmas: “God is graciously inviting, majestically addressing, humbly appealing, and mercifully attending to our highest and deepest need to be with Him for eternal relationship and fellowship.”

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