Saturday, January 11, 2014

Christmas Day at Zion Village 2013

Merry Christmas Zion and to all of our families and friends around the world!!!! 

… they will call him Immanuel – which means “God with us.”  Matthew 1:23b

Since most of the children (all except for 7) are out visiting their extended family in the villages, it is quiet at Zion on Christmas day.  We have been trying to do something special to include the children and the staff that are on duty.  So, the night before Christmas, we made large pans of breakfast casserole to put in the frig to be ready to pop in the oven on Christmas morning. 

That morning we joined together to have a Christmas devotion, led by Travis.  While we were doing that, the breakfast was heating in the oven.  After the devotion, we enjoyed a nice breakfast casserole.  This is different for most but they enjoyed it a lot. 


When breakfast was over we started to prepare lunch.  A lunch of chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy and corn.  With everyone helping, it was not difficult at all. 


In between eating, we played with the small ones.  Such a joy!!!  Liseli even was helping Mayando put on his sandal that fell off:)



After lunch we enjoyed a small gift exchange with our team mates, Lena and Johannes Ebner and volunteer, Amanda. 


AND, we had a huge surprise of 3 big boxes from Norcross First UMC, our home church!  We will have enough M&M’s, pain killers and coffee mate to last for the next year --- maybe!  We were also so blessed with crafts for Bible Study and much more!!!  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!


Time for some photos by the river…   God has given us so much and we are so thankful.  Thankful for Jesus, His son, thankful for His love, His grace, His forgiveness, His comfort and peace and we are so thankful for each other and our calling here to Children of Zion Village. 


Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.  Luke 2:14

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