Do you remember those paper snowflakes you used to make when you were a kid? You know, you fold the paper over a bunch of times, cut shapes out of the sides, and unfold to make a symmetrical snowflake. I know you probably haven’t made them in a while, but for some reason I really wanted to show our friends how to make them, so I channeled by inner craft lady / 2nd grade teacher / home schooling mom, broke out the scissors and paper, and went to town at our guys’ night last week. By the end of the evening we had a stack of rather impressive-looking snowflakes, a number of them quite better than mine. A few of our friends took a little convincing to dive in (maybe paper crafts aren’t real popular with college-age guys in their culture either?), but they figured it out, and a good time was had by all.

The best part of the evening was the natural transition these decorations gave me to talk about the real meaning of Christmas. It seems incredible at times, but most of our friends have no idea that this season is about Jesus coming to save people, and it was a special privilege for me to get to share about the love that our Father has for us that compelled Him send His Son to earth. I’m hopeful that this message, and others like it that we’ve gotten to share over the last few weeks, will help people make a decision to follow Him at our upcoming Christmas party. This is the biggest party of the year for us, so will you please think about my team and our friends over the coming days as we share the message with them?

Also, I should mention that one of our team members needed to end her year early, and she flew back to the States this week. It’s sad for her and our team, so please be lifting her up, asking for a smooth adjustment to life back home, and that she receives everything God wants for her in this next season of life.

Thank you so much for your financial support and thoughts in this season, and I hope you enjoy these last few days before Christmas!

Merry Christmas,