Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas at GSF

This year I was asked to be "in charge of Christmas" since another missionary who usually coordinates it all is away on furlough. Wow! It is a huge undertaking to organize and coordinate gifts and celebrations for everyone here! I have a greater appreciation for all Amy Gwartney does as the childcare coordinator and wife of the team leader! 

Since we celebrate with the staff, the children, the missionaries and our own families, it can be a busy time of year. So here are a few highlights. 
An evening of cookies and Christmas carols with the missionaries and GSF kids who were able to come.

The missionary presentation of the birth of Jesus at the staff Christmas party. 

Our Christmas Eve reading of the birth of Jesus and singing Silent Night by candlelight with the kids. 

Giving out stockings! 

My kids excitement over Legos and books and a sewing machine! 

Giving out gifts to the children!

We also had a missionary family that is new to the area over for a Christmas Eve lunch, a Christmas Day brunch with the missionaries and some special times visiting with our neighbors in Buwundo and giving some small gifts. I didn't take photos of everything, but I am thankful for all of these opportunities to celebrate the birth of Jesus!

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