No, this is not a restage!!! Daddy wouldn't forget to take pictures of putting up the Christmas tree!!!
Of course since it was the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the tree had to go up! Mike and the kids did the work while watching White Christmas. I am so terribly sad that I wasn't home to see the movie!! ;) Not really, I have a strong distaste for that particular film. At any rate, the tree's up and looking good. There is a wooden baby Jesus on the table. We are ready for December!
Since we had so much fun with the staff Christmas party, we are going to try for a sequel. We are still working on the details, but pray for us as we begin to figure out how we can best share the wonderful story of Christmas with those who work here at the mission and a few other friends. I'll try to keep you updated on our plans and specifics. We are looking at Dec. 20 at this point.
Our new teammates are coming this month too! It's going to be a great month. Jon, Teresa and their daughter Autumn will be completing our team in less than 3 weeks. We are so excited to get them here.
With the coming of December we are also reminded of the sacrificial giving that so many of you will do this year in giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering. Because of your gifts to that and the Cooperative Program, we are here in West Africa with a car to drive, a house to live in, food to eat, and an instructor to help us learn language. The lives God will touch here with your giving are precious. One day as we gather around the throne, you will stand shoulder to shoulder with those touched by your generosity! We love you and thank you so much.
We wish you could all be here with us as we celebrate the birth of our Savior. We wish you much happiness as you reflect on the gift of Emmanuel with family and friends.
Love to all,