This has been a really interesting Christmas season. I have talked to my family some, but not an awful lot. It’s been weird to not be around them, also to not be cold or have many Christmas decorations in/on my house. It is about 84 degrees here. I came to St. Marc on Thursday afternoon. I’m staying with Sarah Gilman in her apartment, however, I somehow did not realize that Hana Newcomb was also staying here over Christmas. My wonderful friend, Rose, one of Sarah’s roommates is letting me stay in her room. She knew how much I’d been missing my family and the Christmas season at home, so she surprised me and had a tree made that looks like this:
Sarah, Hana, Roy (a volunteer that’s also here by himself for a while) and I were invited to the Snow/Nettle’s family Christmas, which took place last night. It was really wonderful! They decorated and had a Christmas tree and a “living room” in the sanctuary. There was tons of amazing food as there should be at a Christmas gathering! Ingvild, Shelley and Darlene outdid themselves. (Not that I’ve actually been around for a celebration like this before…) A-hem! Anyway, Terry got up to pray for our meal and said “merry Christmas” a few times. I nearly cried as he prayed. I nearly cried many times throughout the evening actually. My mom sent these little disc shooters in my stocking and they were a big hit.
After dinner, we sang Christmas carols
and some of the MK girls read Luke 2. The Snows Skyped with Wayne and Keturah who are in Florida waiting for the birth of their first child. Eivind and Elisabeth (volunteers here from Norway) sang a beautiful Christmas song. We then had dessert and coffee. I ate too much of everything, just like you’re supposed to do at Christmas =] But it was worth it!
Sarah, Hana and I then came back to Sarah’s house and watched The Holiday. It was pretty late when that was over, but Sarah and I stayed up and had some wonderful conversation for a little while. She also prayed for healing for my neck/back. It is really hurting lately. I can feel that my spine at the base of my neck is way out of place, but I don’t know what to do about it. I declare that Jesus is my Healer! He knows what is wrong and I declare that He can heal me. I repent for my disbelief and I ask you to stand with me in believing that I will be healed of this horrible pain!
We had planned to have Christmas brunch with Hana and Roy, so Hana came over to help get started on that. I decided we needed some juice, so Hana and I decided to go to the store really quickly. So we just hopped on a taxi (motorcycle) and went and got it. I was saying on our way there that I just wish I could have a video of this whole day and send bits of it to my family and friends in the States. We had a wonderful feast! We had eggs, cheese, bacon, fried potatoes and onions, Christmas oranges, tomatoes, juice, coffee, Pringles, and rolls with cream cheese. It was wonderful.
We sat around and chatted with Roy and then an MK, Katrina, and her cousin came over and chatted with us as well. Sarah and I opened presents a little while ago. I got a candle from Stacia, some candles from Sarah. Rose also left me a beautiful card she made herself and a wonderful gift of 4 different kinds of M&Ms. I am so blessed!! Then I Skyped with my family and opened a gift from them which contained some individual packets of Craisins, one of Sour Skittles, some packets of flavored hot chocolate and two necklaces. One says “love” and the other one is a cross, both are silver and beautiful!! The Nettles have invited us over to eat leftovers from last night at some point today.
Remember to celebrate our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, because we wouldn’t have this time of year if it wasn’t for Him!!!
With Love from Haiti!