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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Day 2009

Well, Christmas 2009 was awesome as usual. We certainly love this time with the Marshallese. They actually start celebrating on December 1 because nationally they recognize when the Gospel first came to the Marshall Islands. Here, that day is a national holiday. Praise the Lord! Then the rest of the month is filled with practices and getting ready for Christmas day. Many groups in each church practice songs, dances, and small dramas that lift up Jesus for the Christmas celebration.

Of course, many in the rest of the world see this day as just a holiday. For the Marshallese it is so much more than that. It is not about presents, or shopping, but it is about the greatest gift ever given, Jesus! We started the celebration at 10:00 am Christmas morning. We preached the Word, and prayed for the sick. After service, we all share a great meal together. Then the programs began with the children going first. All through the day and through the night different groups came and presented their program.

From the very simple to the very elaborate, each program was unique. All of these programs were done for one reason, to celebrate the birth of Jesus! From 10:00 am in the morning on Christmas day until 7:00 am on Saturday the Marshallese celebrated Jesus and His gift to the world. Shawn and I hope that you had an awesome Christmas. Jesus is the greatest gift ever given and is the reason for the season. We love you and thank you so much for your faithful prayers and support.

Running with the Vision,

Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard

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