August 2019
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“It’s Christmastime in Bethlehem…”

christmas program 4christmas program 3christmas program 2Christmas Program“It’s Christmastime in Bethlehem….” began the words to our Christmas pageant at the International Christian Fellowship. This is the church where we minister to English speaking chidren and adults.

Last Sunday night was the church’s first Christmas pageant. Donna and I spent many hours in preparations for this event. The play had to be written, music chosen, a set built, costumes sewn, props created. The children needed to learn their lines and songs. For most of these children it was the first Christmas play in which they had ever been involved.

For these kids, Christmas is different. Christmas is the excement of getting a package slip in the mail and heading off to the central post office to pick it up. Christmas is talking to cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents via webcam. Christmas is just… well… different. The decorations are different, the carols are different, in this country even the day that Christmas is celebrated is different.

That’s what makes International Christian Fellowship so special to these children. It’s an opportunity to be around other children and to be themselves. They get away from all of the “differences” and can focus on their similarities. They don’t have to think about which language to speak. They don’t have to worry about being picked on for their faith. It is a chance to learn about God and to have fun in a church setting. And although they may not realize, it is an essential part of their Spiritual growth.

The Christmas pageant is something in which most Christian children in the U.S. get to be involved. It’s one of the events that they will remember forever. Now, because God sent us to Moldova, these children were able to experience this too.

As the year comes to a close, we want to thank you for your prayers and financial support. Because you helped to send us, the English speaking children here have a life-long memory of their first Christmas pageant. Because of your prayers, barriers and walls are coming down in this country. Because of your giving, God is able to use us to make a difference in the lives of many children.

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