The Seven Days of Giving
Christmas is a time when we celebrate the birth of our Saviour, our King. It is a season to reflect on the blessings in our lives, and to bless others.
We hope your family will enjoy this seven-day devotional that touches on faith, generosity, and following the example of Jesus Christ.
Please consider supporting the JKCS Bursary Fund. Our Bursary Fund provides tuition relief to families who could not otherwise afford to send their children to JKCS. These families are blessing to our students, teachers, and our school community. Your support is truly appreciated!
- Day One: HOPE
- Day Two: FAITH
- Day Three: CHARITY
- Day Four: EDUCATION
- Day Five: LOVE
- Day Six: RIPPLE EFFECT
- Day Seven: GRATITUDE
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
-- Jeremiah 29:11 --
“Why was I born to a time of uncertainty, illness, economic hardship, and divisiveness?”
It’s easy to watch the news and become discouraged when we see stories of fear, anger, and despair. The COVID pandemic has brought many changes and restrictions into our lives. Many are experiencing job loss, while others are facing an uncertain financial future. There’s no doubt that we are going through hard times.
At times like this, it is important to remember that God is on His throne. He is not surprised by the events of today.
Be reminded of the Love of Christ today. Remember that no matter what is happening, our Lord is loving you and guiding you. He is our hope and our strength! Listen to Him and ask Him what He wants you to do next. You are a Kingdom Ambassador for the Lord. How will He ask you to serve as His hands and feet? The possibilities are endless!
Shovel a neighbour’s driveway.
Bring a meal to a senior or someone who is ill.
Pray for family and friends.
Send a card to someone who is lonely.
What are some ways that you and your family can bring the light of Christ to a dark world?
Always remember: You were born at this time for a reason!
But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
-- Isaiah 40:31 --
Can you help us give hope to Christian families at JKCS? We have raised more than $48,000 towards our $100,000 goal. Your support will mean the world to JKCS families who rely on bursary funds to send their children to our school. You can also help us by praying for the success of our fundraising campaign!
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The Story of Esther
“...Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
-- Esther 4:14 --
Esther finds herself completely uprooted from the life she knew. She was an orphaned Jewish woman who unexpectedly finds herself married to King Xerxes. She lives in solitude, unless summoned by the king. When her cousin Mordecai tells Esther of plans to destroy the Jewish people and asks her to plead with the king to spare the Jews, Esther is frightened. She knows that anyone who approaches the king without first being summoned could be put to death. When Esther voices her fears, Mordecai replies:
“Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
-- Esther 4:13-14 --
Esther resolves to advocate for her people. Her bold actions saved the Jewish people, and continue to inspire us today.
Esther’s story is one of faith, purpose, bravery, and victory. She fulfilled God’s plan for the Jewish people. A plan He had formed before Esther was born! God chose Esther to be in that position at that time.
God can use you for His plans, too. With God’s help, we can be like Esther and stand up in faith to overcome our fears.
What are you afraid of?
Take faith! Ask God to grant you courage to conquer your fears.
Will this be the story of our time? Will we fight for God’s Kingdom to prevail? Will we witness by caring for those in need? Trust and obey, as Esther did. And watch God silently weave all events for His glory . . . and for our good.
Could it be you? Could you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
Please consider making a year-end donation to our bursary fund. Your contribution to our Be a Blessing Campaign will make an impact that lasts for generations. Every dollar donated to our Bursary Fund helps Christian students grow in their faith at JKCS.
The Gospel of Matthew tells us that Jesus was asked which of the commandments was the greatest. Jesus replied:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
-- Matthew 22:37-40 --
To Jesus, love and charity are one and the same. Throughout the New Testament, we see that Jesus has a deep feeling of love for the Father and for others. His acts of charity and service flow from this love, not from a sense of duty. His love and charity were not limited by class, by status, or by the world’s standards of worthiness.
The hymn “Where Charity and Love Abound” was composed in the Middle Ages. The lyrics are just as relevant to us more than 1,000 years later:
Where charity and love prevail,
There Christ is ever found;
Brought here together by Christ’s love,
By love are we thus bound.
Charity and love bring unity. When we give, we are united in Christ’s love. Wow!
Have you been affected by an act of charity? How did it make you feel? How do you feel when you show your love for others through acts of charity? How does showing charity to others further God’s kingdom?
How can your family illustrate the love of Christ by engaging in charity this Christmas?
Over the years at JKCS, we have been blessed by many generous donors; families who felt a nudge from God to give $50, $100, $5,000, $10,000, or $20,000! Whatever the amount, know that your contributions to our Bursary Fund make a meaningful and powerful difference that will last a lifetime.
Please pray about how God wants you to support JKCS. Your prayers and financial support are so appreciated! We couldn’t do it without you.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. -- Psalm 119:105 --
Education is important to God. The Bible is filled with many references to learning, wisdom, knowledge, and teaching.
As Christians, our study of the Bible is an important, and a life-long pursuit. Reading the Bible brings us closer to God. Over the years, as we revisit passages, parables, and Bible stories, we learn something new.
For example, the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) is one with which we are all familiar. Our understanding of this story changes along with us as we grow older:
As children, our attention is captivated by the younger son, who insults his father, squanders his inheritance, winds up working for a pig farmer, realizes the error of his ways, and humbly returns home to beg his father’s forgiveness. We share in the prodigal son’s joy as his father welcomes him with open arms and a celebratory feast.
As we get older, we feel sympathy for the dutiful brother, who is bitter that his wild and disobedient brother receives a feast upon his return home.
Parents are struck by the joy and love of the waiting father, who runs out to forgive his youngest son, and then gently and lovingly chides his eldest son for not sharing in the joy of his brother’s redemption.
The Bible speaks to us in different ways as we grow and as our life changes. That is the beauty of God’s Word. He is always speaking to us and meeting us where we are!
Read the parable of the Prodigal Son, or another Bible story, and ask each member of the family to share their thoughts. How do each of you differ in your understanding of the Bible story? What did you learn from reading this passage as a family?
At JKCS, we ignite wonder for God, neighbour, and creation. Students receive an outstanding education at JKCS, and God is at the core of everything we do.
Your donation to our Be A Blessing Campaign will enable our Bursary Program to provide financial assistance to families who would otherwise not be able to afford a Christian education for their children.
Thank you for being a blessing to the families at JKCS!
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
-- John 13:34 --
Jesus loved people. He loved the rich and the poor. He loved virtuous people and He loved sinners. He loved the disciples and His friends...and He also loved people who hated Him.
Jesus demonstrated His love for others in many ways. He shared meals with people who were despised, like tax collectors. He healed the sick and fed the hungry. He taught people about His Father’s kingdom. Jesus gave His life for us, and He forgave the people who crucified Him. Jesus’ entire life was a powerful demonstration of love!
What are some of the ways your family can show God’s love to your family, friends, neighbours or church family? How can you show love to people who are strangers?
Has someone shown you the love of Christ? What did they do to make you feel loved?
Take time as a family to plan ways to show others love over the Christmas holidays. How can you reflect the love of Jesus by loving others?
The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for all of us. However, some JKCS families are facing significant hardships. Some members of our school community have lost jobs or businesses. The need for the JKCS Bursary Program is greater than ever. Donating to the Bursary Fund is one way you can show your love for students and families right here at JKCS.
Can you help? Your year-end donation will help provide a strong Christian education for students at JKCS. Your prayers for our Bursary Program and the families it serves are also greatly appreciated!
Thank you and God bless!
When a pebble is tossed into water, it creates many ripples that move across the surface of the water. Like the pebble, our actions can create powerful ripple effects. As Christians, we strive to create ripple effects for God’s kingdom that last for generations.
The Bible is filled with wondrous stories of ordinary people whose faith and actions cast a powerful ripple effect!
Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus and more may the Lord do to me if anything but death part me from you. -- Ruth 1:16-17 --
When Ruth speaks these words to Naomi, she has no idea that she will meet and marry Boaz. She cannot foresee that she will become the great-grandmother to King David. Her decision to return to Bethlehem with Naomi will result in a line of descendants that includes Jesus!
Has your life been touched by the ripples created by a faithful follower of Jesus? What impact does your life have on others? How can you and your family create ripple effects on behalf of God’s Kingdom? Has a friend, colleague, or family member told you about a time that your actions created ripples in their lives? How did that feel?
Remember, you were born for such a time as this. Continue to make waves for God’s kingdom!
We are so close to reaching our fundraising goal of $100,000! Can you help?
At JKCS, we are training up the next generation of Kingdom Ambassadors. Our goal is to equip and empower our students to make a difference in the world. God has endowed our students with unique gifts, talents, and passions that can be used in His service to bring others to faith in Jesus Christ.
Your donation is an investment in the lives of our students. The ripple effects of your contribution will be felt for years to come.
Throughout their time at JKCS, our students learn that they are on this earth to fulfill a unique purpose from God. Just as a stone falling into a pond creates ripples across the water, our students learn that God gives them the power to create powerful ripple effects that will touch many lives. Your donation will play an important role in their Christian journey to create ripple effects for God’s Kingdom.
And may the Lord reward you for your kindness ..." -- Ruth 1:8 --
Our hearts are full.
We asked for your prayers and for donations to our Bursary Fund and you came through! To date, we have received $73,148 towards our Bursary Program.
God bless everyone who prayed, who made a donation, and who helped us spread the word about our Be A Blessing campaign! We could not have done this without you!
We give God the glory in this fundraising. He is the driving force behind every dollar raised. We know you listened to His voice when you made the choice to donate.
Every dollar raised will bless a Bursary family at JKCS. Thank you for Being A Blessing to these families.
"You are proving by this act of love what you are. They will give thanks to God for your gift to them and to others. This proves you obey the Good News of Christ. They will pray for you with great love because God has given you His loving-favour."
--2 Corinthians 9: 13-14--