December has been a fun month! We started the month with our first construction team, a group from Bluffton! It was a great week of work, encouragement, and fellowship!
Christmastime in Haiti feels so different! There is just something about the 85 degree temps, wearing tanks and flip flops, and having the windows open, in December, that makes it not feel like our typical Mid-west Christmas! As far as traditional Christmas decorations, lights, Santa Claus, there isn’t much. But, there were 2 stores in town that were decked out!
The girls put up our little tree, decorated the house, lit the balsam pine candle, and made Christmas cookies, which definitely helped it feel more like Christmas at our house!
One thing I really appreciate about spending Christmas in Haiti, is that there is time to focus on the real meaning of Christmas, and time for sharing it with others. Here are a few pictures from the past few weeks in December.
Christmas Caroling at the nursing home and the clinic.
We enjoyed dinner with the construction dept bosses and their families. A big thanks to Ed & Julie for hosting!
The CLCS Christmas program.
Probably the most meaningful Christmas activity we shared together, was Christmas Eve at Renault Sunday school. We helped the Wray’s share the Christmas story, and then distributed clothes, shoes, small toys, backpacks, and health kits to all the kids! There were over 2,000 kids! (Just to put that in perspective, that is roughly the population of Roanoke, all in one small area!!). What an opportunity and a blessing to be a part of this ministry and share the story of the birth of Christ. It touched my heart deeply, to see so many kids worshipping the Lord together!
A big thanks to Roanoke AC VBS collection for many of the items distributed to the children.
After Christmas, we spent the day out at Camp Mahanaim swimming, playing volleyball as well as other sports, with our missionary family! It was a beautiful, fun day!
Thank you for your continued prayers for our family. Although it is different being away from family and friends over the holidays, it has been a blessing for our family to spend this Christmas in Haiti.
I would continue to ask for your prayers for safety for the upcoming team season, as well as the transition for the construction dept and our family.
As we reflect on the past year, join us in reflecting and thanking God for His goodness, His faithfulness, His sovereignty, His holiness, and His love in our lives. As we enter into 2018, may we continue to encourage one another in “Loving the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and to Love your neighbors as yourself. ” Matthew 22:37-39