Sunday, December 21, 2014

I'll Be Home for Christmas

What a whirlwind week! This was the last week of school before Christmas break, which of course makes for crazy kids! But overall it was still a fun week. Tuesday night a big group got together and we went caroling around Siguatepeque. We had the chance to bless some missionary families and got stared at by a bunch of Hondurans, but it was a great time.

Thursday my classes made Christmas crafts, and Friday was a big celebration for the whole school. Every class prepared a song, dance, or drama of some sort to present. Here are my first graders and their English presentation. We had a few mess ups, but they are still so cute!

We had a big party and got to leave school early. The colegio students had been writing letters of thankfulness to God, and each class met around a small bonfire to sing worship songs with our Bible teacher and burn their letters as a fragrant offering to God. It was so awesome to watch and sing with them. A neat time of worship for Christmas.

Saturday morning we rode to the airport and I got on a flight home for Christmas! I am blessed to have the opportunity to spend two weeks at home with my family and friends for the holidays. I can't wait to see all of you, and I thank you for your continual prayers for me. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas with your families.

"Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel" (which means, God with us). Matthew 1:23

God be with you all this Christmas!


Sunday, December 14, 2014

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan's power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy.

I love this Christmas song. It just sums up the reason for Christmas really well. Don't be distressed, because Jesus was born to save us from the workings of Satan! What comfort and joy those words bring. On Wednesday of this week, we saw Satan working. The road to our road was blocked was a big truck in the morning, so we all had to get off with the kids and walk the rest of the way to school. Luckily we didn't have too far to go, but that was a weird start to our day. Then the power went out around 11, so we did the rest of the day in the dark, hauling in water from the pila for the bathroom. And then at 4 when it was time to go home there was only one bus, and no sign of the other. After waiting for about 30 minutes it was announced that there was a wreck and our bus was stuck in the traffic. They then announced that there would be no church because we had no power. The bus finally showed up after another 20 minutes, and we only had a little traffic on the way home, but needless to say it was a long day, and Satan was definitely trying to steal out joy. But Jenna, Bethany and I had our own service in our living room with on online sermon. Satan couldn't stop that!

On Friday there was a Christmas parade on the boulevard that we watched for a little while. There were some interesting sights, good food, and loud music! Saturday was out English teachers' Bible study/ Christmas party. We all made some yummy treats and studied Ephesians 3, which is an awesome chapter, although I feel like I say that about every chapter. One of our teachers read verses 7-8 this way: "By God's grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving Him by spreading this Good News. Though I am the least deserving of all God's people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Honduran children about the endless treasures available to them in Christ." I loved that, and how perfectly it sums up our mission here. I want to bring them comfort and joy this Christmas season, however God will use me.

And I also pray for you, " I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3:16-19) Can't wait to see you all in a week!


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Manger Throne

Happy December! I really can't believe December is here already. Have I been here for four month? That can't be. But my calendar, and the Christmas lights at he neighbor's house across the street, and the handmade paper snowflakes and Christmas trees in the first grade classroom tell me that it is so. Christmas is almost here! I have always loved Christmas, but this Christmas will be an especially special time to spend with my family and friends who I haven't seen in so long.

So of course I've been getting in the Christmas spirit here in Honduras. Last night a group of the young single missionaries in Honduras gathered together at the Spanish Institute (where I take lessons) for a little white elephant party, which was so much fun. We even did some caroling for Mike and Barbe, the owners of the school, who also live there, and shot off some fireworks to close out the night.

Speaking of Christmas carols, I have had my Christmas playlist on repeat since it was socially acceptable (the day after Thanksgiving). I love all the traditional Christmas songs, but this week there was one non-traditional song by Third Day that just really reminded me of the spirit of Christmas. It's called "Manger Throne":

"What kind of King would leave His throne
In Heaven to make this earth His home?
While men seek fame and great renown
In lowliness our King comes down.

Jesus, Jesus precious one
How we thank you that you've come.
Jesus, Jesus precious one
A manger throne for God's own son.

You left the sound of angels' praise
To come for men with unkind ways.
And by this Baby's helplessness
The power of nations is laid to rest.

Jesus, Jesus precious one
How we thank you that you've come.
Jesus, Jesus precious one
A manger throne for God's own son.

What kind of King would come so small
From glory to a humble stall?
That dirty manger is my heart, too
I'll make it a royal throne for you."

How awesome is that song? Here on earth we strive for power and position and for people to notice us, yet our King left His power and position to come as a helpless baby for us. The message of this song humbles me so much. If God Himself came down to us in this way, who am I to try to be more than that? I even set this song as my alarm this week to put me in the right frame of mind each morning. My King is a servant, and therefore I am a servant, and whether that be to the people here in Honduras, or for the two weeks I'm back home in the States. I pray I don't lose that humble servant's mindset, and that we take a little extra time this season to make our dirty manger hearts into royal thrones for Him. May we say with Mary, "I am the Lord's servant. May everything you have said about me come true." (Luke 1:38)