We were so blessed to be able to celebrate with many friends today! Lots of visitors! (I think we had about 45 extra...I kind of lost count...haha!) We had a delicious meal of turkey, chicken, beef, rice, matooke, chapati, sweet potatoes, gnut sauce, cabbage, watermelon, and pineapple. Best of all...we were able to hire someone to do the cooking and clean up, so I was able to enjoy too!
Rebecca made some of her delicious apple pies for dessert!
Then after lunch, we had all the youth over for dinner and a lock-in. Life in Kikamba (the slum where these kids come from and where our church is located) can be tough Christmas night. Christmas is full of drunkenness and awful temptations. Two years ago, I spent Christmas night with the girls there and saw first hand some of the horrible things that can happen to these vulnerable kids. We wanted to provide them a "way of escape" so that they could "endure" the temptations of the night. (I Corinthians 10:13) I think this is one of the toughest things we've done...haha...we aren't so young anymore! The kids were good though...just very full of energy...haha! (like teenagers everywhere!) But, like all hard things, it was also good and I'm glad we were able to provide a safe place for the night. We did volleyball, hotdog roast (most kids had never heard of hotdogs before and wondered about their name...haha!), talent show, movie...then we separated girls and boys: girls at Paige's house and boys in tents at the bottom of our yard. I think some of them slept for a couple hours! haha! Then this morning Eric, Paige and Pastor Charles took them swimming. After swimming, they were very quiet and subdued...I think we wore them out. Ha!