A Missionary Family's Christmas
For dinner, we enjoyed a freshly slaughtered turkey along with....
rice and yucca of course!!
Our next stop was another pueblo that we minister to regularly.
Michael helped prepare the altar.
Chris assisted with the vigil Liturgy of the Word service.
In this scene, the Angel Gabriel (Anna) announced the Good News of Jesus' birth to the shepherds - and their sheep (Jack, Michael, etc).
After the skit, the youth group led the community in Christmas carols.
Then we headed to the church for their traditional midnight gathering. Everyone welcomes Jesus into the world by singing together while placing the Infant into the manger.
As I placed Jesus into His place of honor, I silently prayed for all those in our community that don't understand the real significance of Christmas.
Around 1:30 AM we made our last stop at our friend Charo's house.
On Christmas morning, after everyone opened their present, we went to church here in San Hilarion. As an official Extraordinary Minister of Communion, Chris was able to offer people the Eucharist. This is the first time ever that the people in our town have been able to receive Jesus on Christmas day. What an amazing gift!!
Still stuffed from the midnight feast of fried pig, we skipped lunch and ventured out into the blazing heat Peruvian style...
...and spent the rest of the afternoon playing at the river.
Jack and Michael quickly found their friends.