Guided by the four themes of Advent: Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love, Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D) has provided weekly liturgies. These liturgies include stories about some of the programs and ministries supported by PWS&D. Each week of Advent we’ll post these stories here on Grace’s blog, but you can view the original content here: Presbyterian World Service & Development

Third Sunday in Advent: Joy

“I am very happy and enjoy coming to school!”

Shakira is your typical ten-year-old. After pouring over her reading and arithmetic at school, the thing she looks forward to most is recess.

Now that a new play area—with swings, seesaws and a slide—has been built in her schoolyard, she is more enthusiastic than ever about going to school.

Schools participating in PWS&D’s Girls Education Project in Afghanistan received playground equipment to encourage the physical and cognitive development of children. “It helps me learn my lessons very well,” Shakira says of the playground.

Shakira’s teacher reports that the playground encourages better attendance and motivates students to succeed. “Shakira was absent often, but now she comes to school regularly and learns her lessons well. She wants to become a lawyer.”

In addition to training teachers and promoting a child’s right to education, facilitating physical education and recreation is inspiring children to learn, set goals and build bright futures.

This Advent season, help ensure children everywhere thrive.

Presbyterian World Service and Development Advent Liturgies