After several weeks of planning, and passing out many invitations we were excited to have our neighbors and friends into our homes to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.
We started off both parties with some games to help everyone get to know each other. It was so fun to see parents and children interacting and playing together.
Then James and David led devotionals focusing in on Christ as our Savior. We finished off with cookies and finger foods. Some of the kids acting out Luke 2 as David read.
Phil, Mary Ruth and Rachel were to hear to help us. It was wonderful to have extra people to help carry conversations, to help with the children's programs, and to direct people to thinking about their standing before God.
Each night we all went to bed exhausted, usually around midnight, but thrilled to see God working in peoples hearts.
The highlight for me was when one of my more reserved neighbors came over at 10:30 to apologize for not coming. She came into my house for some cookies and the book we gave to everyone. We have invited her over several other times and she always declines so this was a huge blessing. It seems like God is continually breaking down the walls that people are putting up.Three brothers that we are praying for.
One final blessing was the large number of men at both of our parties. Usually it is the women who are more likely to be interested in things of God but we had more men at both parties than women.
Keep praying with us that God will continue to convict them of their sin and their need for a Savior.