It is hard to believe that Christmas is only two days away. Time really seems to be flying by. It has taken some getting used to having Christmas during the summer. But I am looking forward to a braai (cookout) on Christmas day, the chance to play outdoor games and to go swimming. We will also enjoy church Christmas morning with our Church Family at Regents Park Church of the Nazarene. Churches here have services on Christmas morning instead of Christmas Eve. We are looking forward to celebrating Christ’s birth in a new way and in a new place. And we are thankful for Skype and Facetime that allow us to connect with our family and friends back home.
Each year we realize more and more that not all gifts can be wrapped and placed under the tree but they are wonderful gifts all the same.
Some of the gifts that we are blessed to have but that won’t fit under the tree this year are:
· Amazing family and friends around the world who love us, support us, pray for us, and who help to make us who we are.
· New family and friends here in South Africa and around the Africa South Field who we are excited to celebrate Christmas with this year.
· The opportunity to join what God is doing here on the Africa South Field through the Church of the Nazarene.
· The gift of the experiences that we have had and the hope and expectation of what is to come.
As of December 28th we have been in South Africa for 6 months. We are so thankful for all that God has allowed us to be a part of and expectant for what the next year will bring.
We pray that the Gift of Christmas through Christ fills your heart and home with peace, joy, hope and love this Christmas season. We love you and miss you and we are praying for you.
Beth and Joe