NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM
Over 3,000 attended our Night in Bethlehem production and they had to do five performances on Friday. Quite unexpectedly, the ranchers in the area brought in people from the surrounding communities. This was yet another opportunity to share the love of Jesus with the community in Baja. Over 100 volunteers worked to serve hot chocolate and sweet bread, drive buses, act in the play and pray for people. Our staff was blessed to share the theme of Emanuel, God with us.
PRAYING FOR THE CHILDREN IN THE NURSERY IN OAXACA
In Oaxaca, they opened the nursery to a brother a sister in October, and added four more new siblings in November (one brother is in the little boys' house). Previously these four children were all living in separate children's homes, so they are happy to all be together again. We are thankful for the renewed joy and life they bring to the home.
PEOPLE FROM THE OAXACA STAFF
DURING AN EVENT FOR THE CHILDREN IN ISTHMUS
Last month, we took a trip to an area in Oaxaca called the Isthmus to visit a community hit hard by the recent earthquakes. We are thankful for the safety in travels and the fellowship experienced among the staff and teenagers that went, along with the children and women we spent time with there.
OAXACA STAFF CHRISTMAS PARTY
Many staff and children in Oaxaca are struggling with various health issues. Please pray for restored health and safe travels during this holiday season.
AMELIA WITH GRANDMA ANTOINETTE
Update on our granddaughter Amelia Rose: the tumor is not shrinking as hoped, so they are getting more aggressive with the chemo. She now has an infection in her blood and they have done two transfusions in the past week. She is losing weight and her hair is now falling out. Very tough for a three-year-old who is legally blind. Amelia is suffering terribly, concerned we may lose her.
Baby Riker is still in need of prayer.
MIRIAM FISHER CONTREAS
Congratulations to our recent university student graduates! We are proud of their dedication and pray for them as they pursue their careers.
CHRISTMAS VERSION OF 1 CORINTHIANS 13
If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strings of twinkling lights, and shiny balls, but do not show love, I am just another decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime,
but do not show love, I am just another cook.
If I work at a soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all I have to charity,
but do not show love, it profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crystal snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata, but do not have Love,
I have missed the focal point of the Christmas Season.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child, kiss the husband or encourage a friend;
Love is still kind, even when harried or tired;
Love does not envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens; but is content with what she has;
Love doesn't yell at the kids, or family to get out of the way,
but is thankful that they are there to get in the way;
Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return,
but rejoices in giving to those who cannot give back;
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
Love never fails; if there be video games, they will break;
if diamond earrings, they may be lost, or if golf clubs, they will rust.
But If we give the gift of love it will endure
Merry Christmas to all. Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer for these special children and this ministry.