Looking back I feel like Christmas Day for us was a good reminder of all that God has done for us. As we look ahead to the next year, I wanted to take some time to write down some of the ways God has been at work.
The day started off with meal preparations for all our neighbors. Since we get meals on all other religious holidays from our neighbors we wanted to return the favor on our holidays. So we cooked up chickens and prepared meals for 9 of our neighbors. It made me thankful for our neighbors and the relationships we have with them. It was also encouraging that we are comfortable with life enough to be able to do this meal preparation for them. God has brought us a long way!
God gave us this family to help us integrate into life here. Words can’t begin to tell you how much they have done for us. They have accepted and loved us as one of their own.
His journey is full of challenges, but God continues to work faithfully in his life.
We will call him JJ. JJ is a believer from one of the villages where our coworkers have been working. A couple Christmases ago they were able to teach them God’s story in their own language. He is one of the fruits of this teaching and our coworkers put us in contact with him when he came up to our town. He has been up in our area working for about 6 months and over that time we have brought him with us to church and to holiday events when we could. Seeing him is a reminder that though the spread of the gospel here is slow, God is changing lives. We have enjoyed getting to spend time with him these past few months.
His wife and children have come with us every year, but this was the first year he came to celebrate with us. We continue to pray that God’s light will shine through us.
One more way we saw God’s faithfulness was in our visit to another family in the village that we are close to. After leaving we all felt like it was the best visit with them we had ever had: great conversation, lots of laughter, the kids played well together, and everyone just as a whole seemed so comfortable. That is a testimony to how God has worked and how far he has brought us on this journey.