Saturday we hosted our annual youth Christmas party. We’ve done this for our youth since my first Christmas married to Seth, and it’s a highlight of the year for me. I don’t get out much, 🙂 so it’s nice to have a party; and we enjoy showing the youth that it’s possible to have a fun party without beer or yucky music.
It took me over 40 minutes to wrap the gift for the “Hot Potato” game, in which everyone passes the gift around the circle while the music plays, but opens the gift when the music stops. The gift is wrapped and taped in multiple boxes and paper, so it takes a while to get down to the real gift. This year we gave away a DVD of John Piper preaching.
We always enjoy a White Elephant gift exchange. It’s taken some years for people to get the hang of the game; still this year, some jester put some rocks in the bag with some bubble gum. You would have thought the world’s best joke had just happened as everyone laughed hilariously at the person who opened that gift.
Many of our youth are growing up. This year was notable to me for the range of ages present. We had some 12-year olds from my children’s Sunday School class, as well as some 24- or 25-year old young men who have attended Limpopo Bible Institute. Several of the youth are in college or about to graduate, several are in high school, and a third group is junior high age. We had 32 present, with a good 20 or so missing.
Tiyani’s back from college! We’re all happy about that. Even Carson! Poor Tiyani and poor Carson—the plastic chair Tiyani was sitting in collapsed from under him, and they both had a spill right during the singing time. Both were fine, but Carson got quite a fright!
It was a bit of a challenge for me to handle kids, food, and music without our teammates there (who are on furlough right now). Therefore we have no pictures of portions of the party where Seth and I were very occupied! Seth’s message was about Abraham Kuyper; we have a tradition each year of highlighting a biography of a famous man in Christendom. Seth would never forgive me if I didn’t include Kuyper’s most famous quote: “There is not an inch in the entire area of our human life of which Christ, who is sovereign of all, does not cry, ‘Mine!’”
Merry Christmas from Africa!