We enjoyed a very blessed 1st Christmas in Honduras. While we certainly missed being with family and friends for the holidays, the Lord gave us great peace here and we had lots of fun in December.
Our church hosted a Christmas concert. 2 nearby churches joined us for this night of worship. Gretta sang Lauren Daigle’s “Noel”, Abbey sang “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, Wyatt performed a song with 3 other boys, and both Abbey and Sidney joined 4 other girls and danced a ballet to “The First Noel.” The concert lasted 2 hours and was a wonderful night of worshipping Jesus island style.
David was asked to be “Santa” for a local Christmas party to children in our area. He arrived by boat but before he arrived at the party, we drove through 4 communities in our area spreading Christmas cheer from the boat. When we got to the party, there were about 30 kids and their Mom’s waiting for us. “Santa” gave each child a gift and they got to have their picture made with him too. Then they enjoyed Christmas snacks and I got to share the story of the birth of Jesus with them. We had such a great afternoon bringing Christmas cheer to people here!
The church here has hosted a Christmas program for many years and we were blessed to get to be part of it this year. I played piano throughout the program, Abbey sang a special song and was also part of the choir, Sidney played the role of Mary, and Wyatt was a wiseman. David read the role of Gabriel and also helped with stage set-up and technical issues.
Christmas Day was spent at home together as a family enjoying time with the kids, relaxing in our hammocks, and watching movies until time to go to the Christmas program. Santa even left the kids a few small gifts on Christmas morning too (much to their surprise).
This Christmas season was truly not about the presents, or the holiday parties, or the hustle and bustle of shopping, or even our usual traditions. This year it was truly all about Jesus and remembering what He has done for us. We are so thankful for where He has led us despite the sacrifices that come with this. We are blessed that we can be His hands and feet in a 3rd world country (did you know Honduras was the 4th poorest country in the entire Western Hemisphere in 2016?). And this…..this is what Christmas is all about…bringing hope to people, showing the love of Jesus, and being a light wherever He leads us.