Last night, we had a big Christmas party for the children at the orphanage. We had a wonderful time eating, playing, singing, dancing, and hanging out. We hired two women to cook a huge feast. The kids were so excited!! We played the “WOW Christmas” CD which was rather interesting to hear songs such as “Let it Snow” or “Jingle Bell rock” when we are hanging out by the Caribbean Sea in shorts and a t-shirt. But we all had a great time. We gave each kid a card with some money in it so that they could buy exactly what they wanted. They were so happy.
To close the party, we all gathered for a sweet time of worship. I absolutely love playing my guitar and singing worship songs in another language. It is like a small picture of what heaven will be like as we worship the Lord in all languages. The generator and inverter went off in the middle of worship, so we just continued worshiping and praising the Lord in the pitch black. It was beautiful just to lift our voices to the Lord and give Him thanks for all of His love and goodness.
Now, we are about to have our own small Christmas celebration with our kids. Thanks to some of you, our kids will get to open up some gifts and they are so excited. We are so thankful for the effort and expense some of you put into sending some gift packages our way. After our own little time this morning, we will go over to our mission base down the road and have a big party today with the other missionaries. We should have a great time. Then tomorrow…we’re off to Jacmel…one way
This morning as we celebrate the most amazing gift that was ever given to us, the gift of Emmanuel “God with us”, we also remember so many of you that have been “with us” through prayer, giving, and so much encouragement. We are so blessed to have you in our lives. We are happy to be here in Haiti for our first Christmas. Even though we do not have a tree or any decorations (simply because we are in a period of transition), our hearts are filled with joy knowing that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords is right here with us. And that alone makes our Christmas so very special.
We pray that your Christmas day is filled with love, laughter, and overflowing joy.