How is it that kids are already starting back to school?! Blink once and the leaves are changing. Blink twice and it’s time to pull out the Christmas tree lights.

We know you face a packed schedule between now and then. So we want to give you a heads up about something we’re doing for Christmas that we think will make your job easier!

This year, Orange is partnering with a fantastic organization called 410 Bridge for our Christmas giving project. 410 Bridge works through a relational model, forming close connections with individual communities in developing nations like Kenya and Haiti. Their work empowers local leaders to truly own the change in their communities. Take a look at their site for examples of the incredible work they’re facilitating.

One of the keys to change in any community is the kids! In Kenya, a child’s ability to continue their education past age or 12 or 13 (and have a greater chance of developing their God-given talents) is determined by their test scores. In communities where 410 Bridge works, like Endana and Kiu, school kids often have to share a single text book with up to five other kids. And when they come home in the evening, they face survival chores—like working the field and hauling water.

By the time they do have a chance to study, it’s dark. With no electricity, they must either skip study time or rely on kerosene lamps that often cause terrible injuries and fires.

This is where you and the kids and families in your ministry come in! Through Project:Shine, the kids in your ministry can raise funds that will provide a complete set of textbooks and a solar-powered light to individual school kids in one of 410 Bridge’s Kenyan communities. With the ability to study and learn more effectively, these kids have a far greater chance of being allowed to stay in school and develop their gifts, becoming doctors, leaders, teachers, and artists.

Quite simply, a little bit of light from kids in your ministry can help a child in Kenya change their community… and change the world!
As always with our Christmas giving partnerships, Project:Shine will be fully integrated into the curriculum with optional elements to insert into Large Group, Small Group, and FX, along with a special Parent Cue.

Look for the official Leader Kit and other Project:Shine materials to upload under a special tab on the curriculum matrix October 1, along with our December curriculum.

We’re ready to Shine. How about you?!