Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015 Children of Zion Namibia Africa

Luke 2:8-14 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared dtothem, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraie.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger”  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the hightest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” 
We are celebrating our 6th Christmas in a row in Namibia at Children of Zion Village.  We certainly miss being with family, especially this time of year but we are blessed by God’s grace and for all of you who pray for Zion and support Zion and us!  You make us especially joyful! 
We had many Christmas parties already since the children and staff go on holiday but we will continue to celebrate the birth of Christ even into the Christmas party for the children when they return.  We are keeping 2 little ones (one year and two years) over the holiday.  We did have one of the older girls but she decided to attend a church camp that lasts until after New Year.  We are happy for her and know she is making lots of friends and having a great time. 
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It has been very different having the little ones.  Certainly changes our “schedule” (even though our schedule really changes almost every day).  Just not used to getting up and changing and making bottles…  We are blessed in they are joyful children and the 2 year old really makes us laugh!! 
I made Christmas Casserole for all the staff working and for our ministry partners.  We gathered at our house for prayer, the Christmas story and eating!  It was a nice fellowship time together.
Immediately after cleaning up from breakfast we started lunch. Everyone helped, even the little ones! We were so blessed with delicious vegetables from the garden.  It was quite a feast!  Fresh corn right off the stalk, greens, onion, tomato, and also ham and sweet potatoes, not from the garden. Very Blessed!
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We enjoyed a small gift exchange with our ministry partners.  We were also blessed to have wonderful friends from the neighborhood where we used to live in Atlanta.  Last year their daughter, Olivia, cleaned out her stuffed animals and sent them to Africa for the children.  Most of them were handed out to the children at the feeding center last year.  But we kept a few that required batteries thinking that they would not have batteries.  There were exactly 3 and there were 3 little ones here. Purity and Elias especially appreciated the talking, singing Care Bears! 
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So, the day was joyful and we are thankful!  Thankful to God and thankful for YOU!  Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
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