Celebrating the Day of People’s Unity

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November 4 is a national holiday in Russia. We celebrate the Day of People’s Unity. It’s a new patriotic holiday when people celebrate the unity among different nationalities and show their care for others. In many towns and cities festive events take place. As much as possible people do something good and kind to the needy.

Russian Churches of Evangelical Faith celebrate this holiday by organizing festive events for orphans and widows, charity activities that help them to share the Good News with people around them.

On Saturday, November 5 Nehemiah Church in Omsk organized a special event for children. It was a real festival. Social ministry of the church along with a Christian puppet theater “Karkusha” and children's ministers were responsible for this event.

Two MC’s for the program were clowns – Victoria and Irena. They played roles of uncle Mokus and Funtik the Piglet. The program included different games and activities, as well as competitions and a drawing contest.

Some children came with their parents and grandparents. Among children there was a special group of kids from one of the city’s orphanages, and also kids from disadvantaged families. They all actively participated in the activities and games and received prizes.

The highlight of the festival was a puppet show. This show was about happiness. All children and adults watched the play with a great interest. The plot of the play was built around a little girl who as looking for an answer to the question: "What is true happiness and where to find it?". Searching for happiness she meets different people, and everyone has found their happiness in different things – beauty, power, studies, wealth. But none of these people is really happy: one is lacking money, the other – knowledge, the third – power, etc. In the end, the main character meets a girl who introduces her to Jesus, because only Jesus gives true happiness. The answer is very simple – there is no happiness without God!

At the end of the play children received copies of the "Book of Hope" that would tell them more about Jesus who could make them truly happy in life. Also, all children had a chance to take pictures with each other and with the characters of the play. It was so rewarding to see children's smiles and hear their laughter.

Christina Zhemoldinova

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