Here are some of the things we did:
First, we prepared what you might consider a classic Christmas pageant, complete with Shepherds and Wise Men following the Christmas star to find the Christ child. A show of hands demonstrated that of the children in the audience, very few actually knew the original Christmas story - they'd never seen this kind of pageant before. Our student actors did an amazing job!
Interestingly enough, far and away the most popular thing we did with the boys in particular was provide them with candles and matches for our sing along at the end of the night. They were proudly covered in wax and small finger burns as we were packing up our things. Boys will always be boys, I guess. Please pray that the Children's home will still be standing when we return next semester!
What a wonderful way to celebrate the Christmas season.
Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise Him,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!