Wow, the last week has been a blur – and the upcoming week will be a blur at best. But, as always, God is good! Yesterday (Saturday) we packed up 51 refugee children and drove to a suburb of Athens for a Christmas Party. The kids played games/sports, made crafts, sang songs, saw an “evangelical magician” and heard the Christmas story. Great fun was had by all – and it was a beautiful day (probably in the 60’s here yesterday). We thank God for an opportunity to share the true meaning of Christmas with these children – and give them a day to forget the stress (insecurities, fears, uncertainties) of being a refugee.
Tomorrow (Monday) is the launch day for the Nest – the discipleship/shelter minister at which I am spending the majority of my time. Last week I interviewed several potential guests and worked on preparing some of the final details of the program. In addition, some great teammates have been working hard to get the building into proper working order (thanks Brian, Gary!). While I am sure that you will hear more about this ministry soon – please pray for the guests who will begin moving into the house on Monday. Pray also for my stamina and wisdom in the weeks to come (and for the refugee ‘overnight manager’ who is a very important part of this endeavor).
Finally, this Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday we’re hosting Christmas outreach parties for our refugee friends. Each night we will host about a hundred refugees from a particular language group (one night each for Arabic, Farsi, and Turkish speakers). We will share in a special Christmas meal, share some basic Christmas gifts, and share a simple message about the real meaning of Christmas (along with a testimony of a believer from each language group). Please pray for these special opportunities to tell about God’s love expressed in Christ!
We love you and thank you so much for your faithful prayers, support, and encouragement!

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