100 Christmas Dollies
Locally crafted dollies and a child-sized message about the birth of Christ are coupled with a Christmas feast and more.
Christmas begins in January when a local pastor-tailor purchases the needed materials from retailers and makes dolly boys and girls until all 100 are ready for the big Christmas event. On Christmas day we enjoy a merry celebration at the church along with a child-sized message about the birth of Christ. Not only do the children receive the 100 dollies you sponsor along with a hearty Christmas meal, but the carefully selected church body also receives a financial gift designated for furthering ongoing church building construction.
“Accompany us as we carry the offering, which we administer in order to honor the Lord himself and to show our eagerness to help” (2 Corinthians 8:19).
Dollies with Smiles
Dollies with Smiles
Every year Surprised by Hope enjoys giving gifts at Christmas. After all, isn’t that what God did at Christmas too? He “gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not parish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Our 100 Christmas Dollies program is filled with precious stories of gift giving.
Locally Made Dollies
Christmas begins in January when a local pastor-tailor purchases the needed materials from retailers whose income decreases after Christmas and just before school fees are due. Throughout the year, the pastor-tailor makes dolly boys and girls until all 100 are ready for the big Christmas event, which provides a steady income for him and his family. We love keeping people busy with their work.
Kingdom Business Application
Who receives all those dollies? Our founder keeps watch for those churches who hosted Kingdom Business seminars that resulted in some church construction activity. In talking with church leaders, she discerns whether members have applied what they learned and offered their increase in support of church construction. From these candidates, former 100 Christmas Dolly recipient church leaders recommend the next church gift recipient.
Christmas Message and Dolly Gift
On Christmas day we have a grand celebration at the recipient church with lots of singing and merry making. We share a child-sized message about the birth of Christ from three perspectives: Joseph, the shepherds, and the wise men. The message concludes with dolly giving as a reminder of the gift God gave us in the baby Jesus.
Food Essentials for a Week
Sponsors who give an additional $5 for each dolly also provide enough food for that child for at least a week (enough so that some of the children might tip over if they had to carry the sack without mom’s help). But don’t worry. If you aren’t able to add the food gift, we have a few friends who will help.
Church Construction Contribution
Not only do the children receive the 100 dollies you sponsor along with a hearty Christmas meal, but the carefully selected church body receives a financial gift to be included with what members offer toward continuing construction. As part of the local community and the body of Christ, we participate alongside recipient church members careful not to take the place of God as provider.
The Birth of Dollies
This 100 Christmas Dollies program was born in June 2010, during the founder’s first trip to Uganda, and immediately took on a very personal nature for her mother. The stories are many and can be found on our old website. The stories and photos from each recipient church for each year can also be found there. Read to your heart’s content. You won’t be disappointed.
Pastor Isaac attended our Kingdom Business program many years ago. Invited to visit his newly constructed church, members eagerly revealed all their learning had done for them. We prayed over that church and its members during our 2019 visit and sewed a tiny seed that later flourished into something clearly becoming beautiful. You may feel three years ought to produce more progress; however, I recognize these people as some of the poorest and yet look at all they have done with the help of the Lord. This year we are proud to gift Mariani Baptist Church the 100 Christmas Dollies award. With this gift, Pastor Isaac expects to finish framing and roofing, and possibly install a few security windows and doors.
Visit the dollies made by Pastor Sami and sponsor one or more for $25 each. Your gift pays for Pastor Sami’s work and all the materials needed to make 100 dollies, provides a Christmas meal for the church, and enables a Surprised by Hope representative to provide a child-sized message about Jesus. Further, Mariani Baptist Church will receive a grant to help bring their church to the next stage of construction.
This may be our last 100 Christmas Dollies program, though you never know what the Lord will do. Let’s be sure to close our time there with a blessing that is “pressed down, shaken together and running over” (Luke 6:38). Learn more about our past recipients and how the program works, and then choose your dollies and join us.