Santa, sleigh-boat and a parade

Friday evening before Christmas we had an awesome experience for Santa & Mrs. Claus to get on a “sleigh-boat” and go spread more Christmas cheer to our local community.  We had an awesome sleigh driver, Matthew, who is one of our youth.  We loaded up his boat with the leftover “blessing bags” from our previous outreach along with some hygiene kits of toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant and combs and took the leftover ornaments with us to pass out as well.

We got to go out to hand out goodies here in Oak Ridge, then in the Bight and Punta Caliente and then over in Pandy Town.

Acts 20:35 says “It is more blessed to give than to receive” and y’all, we wish there were words to describe the joy that comes from blessing others and giving back.  As a family, we all agreed this Christmas was so special and so much fun because we got to get out in the community and give to others in such fun and unique ways.  We want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of you who sacrificially purchased items for our blessing bags.  They were such a huge part of our Christmas ministry outreaches and everyone loved them!

On Saturday afternoon, the Pandy Town patronado (like a town council) asked us to be Santa & Mrs. Claus in their Christmas parade. We rode on the back of a flatbed truck from Madeyso (which is like a Honduran Home Depot) and had a great time waving to everyone and sharing the joy of Christmas.
We hope you and your family enjoyed a blessed and very special Christmas. We certainly missed being home with our family and friends but we are thankful to the Lord for the new ways He allows us to celebrate here, the new traditions we’ve started here and the new friends we get to share the holiday season with too.

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