Our 1st Christmas in Costa Rica by Karen
|...and a bag full of basic hygiene items.|
|Each family received a|
large sack of food....
We went to several houses on Christmas Eve to deliver the "diarios". At each home, we read the story of Jesus' birth, sang Latin American Christmas carols, and prayed for their particular needs. In between visits we talked about what else we could do for the families with large numbers of kids. Everyone knows that kids like getting presents at Christmas time, and we're certainly not against buying gifts, but for some reason it seemed like we were supposed to do something different. As we prayed, we felt inspired to make birthday cakes for baby Jesus. On Christmas morning we returned to three of the houses that we had visited the previous day. We reminded them of Jesus' birthday, sang "Happy Birthday" to honor Our King, and then left them with a sweet treat to enjoy sometime later that day. It really blessed me to see that all three of these families were cooking the rice and beans that we had previously delivered.
As we went from one house to the next I realized that I wasn't taking any pictures. I suppose it's because I felt uncomfortable. Not only were we meeting these folks for the first time, but many of them are Nicaraguan immigrants who may or may not have permission to be living where they are. I decided to take my camera out at one of the houses where we stayed to visit for almost two hours. Before we left I asked what they thought about me taking pictures when we deliver the diarios. The man assured me that most people wouldn't care, but felt like it would be respectful to ask. Anyhow, I was able to snap some photos at the subsequent houses to give you a feel for what our first shot at this ministry looked like.
|The two girls sat behind the couch to listen as|
Anna read the story of Jesus' birth.
Although it was heartbreaking to step into each of these families' situations, we were grateful for the opportunity to share Jesus' love with them at such an important time of year. We plan on returning to some of these homes and look forward to all the others we'll meet through this outreach program.
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Thank you and may God bless you and all those