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Christmas lunch on Jesus

More than 11,000 homes across the country have received a children’s nativity booklet and other Bible material in a nationwide church-based scheme that sees hampers delivered to families in need. 

Christmas Lunch on Jesus began delivering Christmas food hampers to homes in Brent Cross, London in 2007.

This year it delivered to some 11,300 homes nationwide from Aberdeen to Luton, Lancashire to Kent. Each one received some kind of Scripture-based gift from Bible Society, as well as either a Scripture calendar for 2022, a prayer journal or a Bible Society Prayers in the Pandemic booklet.

The scheme’s organiser, Ngozi Molokwu said, ‘Covid has made a huge difference in terms of the numbers of people in need. It is so important to reach all of those people, families who have been impacted through job loss or illness.’

The delivery of food hampers happened between 18–21 December this year. Ngozi said that the response is always ‘very good’. 

Individuals are referred by agencies such as food banks, churches and homeless shelters, so may not be expecting a food hamper to arrive on their doorstep. 

‘People are often overwhelmed,’ said Ngozi. ‘Some break down and cry. Children jump up and down for joy. They are all thankful. 

‘It is fulfilling and rewarding,’ she said. ‘When we see the doorstep response, it brings it home that we are impacting lives.’

Author: Mark Woods, 22 December 2021

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