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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas in Georgetown, Guyana

This is from Sister Evans, serving with her husband as couple missionaries in Georgetown, Guyana:

Christmas Eve morning was really special. Our humanitarian couple had
told of this "drop-off" house—where parents that can't take care of
their children leave them!! We talked to our zone leaders and decided
that this would be our Christmas service project. We loaded the elders
in the van and went to this house. They had decided that we would
keep the true meaning of Christmas as the theme of our little program.
We have an elder that is quite "portly" so he made a wonderful Santa.
He was the narrator for the Bible readings and then we sang the
Christmas carols that go with that part of the story of the birth of
the Savior. We gave them copies of and we sang "I am a Child of God"
as the last song. This is something that they really need to know as
they have been displaced from their homes. There were 32 children in
the home ages 8-18—boys and girls. They have received some wonderful
training at the home as far as manners are concerned. I had made
some sugar cookies, rice krispie treats and chocolate chip cookies
that we served to them. Then after "Santa" handed out the gifts, the
elders took a few minutes and visited with them. We gave the home
some soccer balls and cricket sets. The director was very grateful
for them. Then she had appointed a young man—probably about 16 yrs
old—to offer the "thank you" for the group. He was well spoken and
then sang us a couple of songs. We enjoyed our visit and the service
we had given.

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