It has been hard to make it feel like Christmas here.It's hard to make it feel like winter when the rains pour down and then the temperature raises back up to 70 degrees almost immediately. It's hard to get in the spirit without lights in every window, or mall shopping, or sweaters instead of tee-shirts. Suddenly we're getting homesick for our usual Christmas time activities like decorating our church, or sledding at Mt. Baker. So, thank goodness for our team who have all worked very hard to make it feel like a holly, jolly Christmas. If any of you have read the recent blogpost on the team's blog, Community (Kibuye Style), you know that we all are very close, and spend a lot of time together. This Christmas season, we have enjoyed getting together to sing and praise God, as well as exchange gifts and eat delicious holiday food. There are a lot of new traditions, but we also keep some of the old ones. It may not be the Christmas that we were used to or expected, but it's a new, community centered Christmas.
One new tradition is the Kibuye Christmas pageant. You can see a video on the team blog, Kibuye Christmas Pageant, and I suggest you take a look. It's amazing what you can do with some eager MKs, a great director, and a hope-filled story. We shared the story of Jesus' birth with around 1000 people altogether at the feeding program, the hospital field, the local school, and the church. The Burundians were all eager and excited to hear this tale in their own language. It was told in Kirundi by Anna Fader, and by me in French. When you watch the video, listen for their reaction when Anna starts talking in Kirundi. It's pretty encouraging.
Noëli Nziza!(Merry Christmas!)
Our performance at the feeding program
The Kibuye Piano Studio's first recital
Now we're having flashbacks to our
last Christmas in Burundi...
We've upgraded it a bit this year