I hope everyone had a great Christmas! We did, we had the joy of giving on Christmas day. I think we gave sixty-five soccer balls and sixteen jump ropes out to our children in Sunday School. We wanted to give them a gift because they have faithfully come every Sunday, have a desire to know more about the Bible and we just love them! It was a little tricky, and had to closely co-ordinate the giving as to not have hundreds on our doorstep, but we accomplished it and made all the children so happy. Raelee and I made ONE HUNDRED FIFTY cupcakes, Christmas eve was spent with Christmas music on while we baked and Christian pumped up balls. It was a really good evening and even better morning! This is how God works, we were hesitant at first about giving gifts – not knowing for sure how many would be there Sunday morning. Sometimes we have 75-80 and some times we have over 100. Do you know we had three balls left over and only because Raelee’s three amigos were absent. One child too many and we would not have been able to give any of them out. (We decided our plan B would be to drive around throwing soccer balls from the truck! Would have been pretty fun also!) Zula came right after church looking so forlorn because he missed it, but because I knew he had been sick for a couple of days – I was the one doctoring him – we gave him a ball. The other two apparently had not come because they were out running around in the center so they knew they weren’t getting one. We emphasize every Sunday how important it is to hear God’s word. It was funny with the cupcakes, the children thought they were the strangest things and weren’t too sure about eating them at first. Raelee was blown away that they didn’t know what a cupcake was, but they soon discovered they liked them very much!
For us, the saying it is better to give than to receive was definitely true Christmas morning!