I thought I’d share our Christmas week with you in photos. It won’t quite equal Currier & Ives, but I thought it would be fun!
Sunday our church (Elim Baptist) hosted two other small Baptist churches from neighboring villages to worship with us for a special Christmas service followed by a baptismal service at a nearby river. (The young men dug it out on Saturday to make it deep enough.)
All the adults and college students headed over to our house afterwards for a packed Christmas dinner party.
Actually, the funniest moment was when our “kokwana” (grandma) opened her gift, a Bible of another church member, mistakenly placed in the pile of gifts. She simply could not understand the concept of the White Elephant game and would not give the Bible up, no matter how many people attempted to explain. She said it was her “luck.” We eventually had to tell the young man whose Bible it was (the man in a black shirt behind her) to sit down and let it go. We gave him a new Tsonga Bible afterwards.
Monday Seth took the three oldest children with him to go get a birthday gift for Jesus: they delivered several parcels of food to some needy families in the area. It’s easy for us, with needy Africans being next door. That was fun.
Meanwhile I wrapped the kids’ presents from their relatives that we had shipped over. Then I began a day of baking for our family! (Here’s a new recipe I tried this year: Dipped Cherry Cookies.) In the evening we hosted our teammates for our weekly team dinner.
Tuesday we had more of a relaxed morning.
Our teammates surprised us in the afternoon with a visit, and we had such a great time playing games and sharing another dinner together. They left at 9:30, but we could have kept going–it was so fun!
Caleb is such a sweetie. For Christmas, he paid to get a Snickers bar for his brother and sister (his own idea!)
The rest of the week was fairly normal. Yesterday we delivered my neighbor to the hospital to deliver her baby. Today we hosted youth group in our garage since the local high school is closed during the break.
I hope you had a restful Christmas that honored CHRIST! We thought of you and missed you.