The children of Surfside Presbyterian Church using their Change to Change lives in Zihuatanejo.

Already their plan of collecting change on a regular basis and using it to support the needs of  “Manos de Dios” Children’s Home has had a tremendous impact.  They have purchased a large refrigerator for the home and helped provide shelter for at least 20 needy and abused children that have been in the home so that they might learn of the truth of God’s love in a real, tangible, constant way.  God is multiplying their joy in giving His joy to little lives that

here-to-fore had known no joy.

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January 6th is Three Kings Day. It is a date celebrated throughout Latin America, Spain, and in Hispanic communities of the United States. This is the Epiphany of the church calendar, the 12th day after Christmas, when the Magi arrived bearing gifts for baby Jesus. Traditionally, children receive gifts on this day, brought by the three kings, Melchor, Gaspar and Baltazar. In Latin America, January 6th, and not necessarily Christmas, is the day that children receive their gifts.

 

In Mexico, children would traditionally leave out their shoes with a bit of hay in them to feed the animals of the Magi (they are often shown with a camel.) When the children wake up in the morning, their gifts will have appeared in the place of the hay. Nowadays, like Santa Clause, the Kings tend to place their gifts under the Christmas tree instead of in a shoe.

 

The most iconic tradition associated with Three Kings Day is the customary eating of a Rosca de Reyes (King’s Ring), a sweet bread shaped like a wreath, with candied fruit on top, and a figurine of a baby Jesus baked inside. The person who finds the figurine is expected to host a party on Día de la Candelaria (Candlemas), celebrated on February 2nd.

 

Three Kings Day

Here the Children are cutting there "Rosca de Reyes" and recieving gifts from "Hotel Sunscape" a five star Hotel in Ixtapa that now is frequentely involved in the growth and nuturing of the Children. It is trully a blessing to see how this Ministry is bringing together the locals, business and churches to work together for a better life for these kids. It has also opened up several doors so we may continue to spread the word of  Jesus Christ.

Thanks to all the cheerful givers!

This is Haylie offering her pink sparkly shoes to one of the children at "Manos de Dios".

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Thanks to Kim and Bryan Tieszen who brought donations clothes,shoes, appliances that they put together for the home.

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"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations" Matthew 28:19

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