ON THE FIRST SATURDAY of each month, we celebrate the birthdays of children born during that month. Throughout this joyful evening, which is full of singing, dancing and drama, the birthday children feel extra special. They are blessed with prayers, birthday songs and a small gift. What makes this evening even more special is that for many of them, this is the first time they’ve ever been recognised, honoured and celebrated. There are children in the ministry who do not know how old they are because they do not know when they were born. Often, there are no birth certificates and birthdays are not celebrated. We, and all the children with us, love the first Saturday of the month. It is amazing to see the happy faces standing out proudly in front of the whole ministry. The children matter; they are unique. They are loved not because of what they do, but because of who they are.
Jan-William and Marlinda Tamminga
Ministry Leaders who are involved in overseeing 120 children at the New Hope Ministries hostel in West Kalimantan.