1. Explore Christmas around the World
One of the funniest things during our time in Central Asia, was that almost EVERYONE knew the song "Jingle Bells" - in English! But their other Christmas traditions were quite different than ours! As your Mission family becomes more familiar with the places and faces around the world, why not explore how other countries celebrate Christmas? WhyChristmas.com? has loads of International Christmas info and fun! France, Japan, Kazakhstan. South Korea. Just pick a country and try celebrating their way! And while you are at it, GO HERE and find out the status of the gospel in that country and pray they will be turned to the REAL reason for the season!
2. Remember your Missionaries
When your family gather's around the table or the tree this year, remember that missionary families are always away from "home" and family on Christmas. Everything is different when living abroad, especially during holidays - from shopping to food to family traditions! And it's even different for the grandparents back at "home." There are empty places at the table and missing gifts under the tree! So during this season take time to say a special prayer for missionaries and their extended families! Consider sending a special Christmas package with holidays movies, stickers, or crafts supplies,! Be sure to include a card with your family picture so they can see friendly faces!! But hurry....it takes a long time to cross the ocean!
3. Have a James 1:27 Christmas
The holidays are the hardest time for people who are alone! Why not take Christmas time to live out James 1:27 and bless widows and orphans! Set a few extra plates at your Christmas table and give the gift of time and family to someone who is alone this year. Hang an extra stocking or two and invite a single mom and her kids to share the joys of your Christmas Eve pajamas and hot chocolate tradition! Take Christmas dinner to a local motel and find someone who is alone on Christmas day! Christmas Blessings for everyone!
4. Share Christmas with International Students!
Nothing is more exciting for a college student than finishing up exams and heading home for the holidays! But for International students, home is too far away! Did you know that there are over ONE MILLION international students in the USA this year? And many of them sit in their dorms or eat at a local fast food restaurant alone for the holidays! Grab one, bring them home for the holidays. Take them to your church Christmas program. Make Christmas Cookies together. Share with them the many awesome American Christmas traditions! And more importantly be sure to share the REASON for the Season!.
5. Give the BEST GIFT EVER!
Don't you just LOVE the feeling you get when you find the PERFECT Christmas gift for your friend or family member? Well, there is ONE gift that is PERFECT for anyone and everyone everywhere in the world! It's the Word of God. But did you know that more than half of the world's 6,901 languages still do NOT have the whole Bible in their language! Find out more about how you can help give the BEST Christmas Gift EVER! Or help our friends distribute recently completed tranlsations of Scripture at Christmas time to unreached people in Central Asia!
6. Pray for Peace On Earth
Sitting quietly in my chair, sipping hot chocolate, and listening to Christmas tunes in a room lit only by my Christmas Tree, it's easy to forget how blessed we are to live in such a peaceful place. As we count down the days to Christmas, people around the world are counting the number of gunshots heard on the streets, and how many lives are lost each day to violence and terror. As you watch the news this season, remember the suffering of so many men, women, and children around the globe. Join others in praying for these current events and ask the Prince of Peace to truly bring Joy to the World.
mom to five kiddos and wife to the only man who could put up with her; lover of God, the church, missions, and all things community and culture.
dad, husband, theologian, global leadership guy, professor, and author of countless words hidden in stacks of journals that sit in our bedroom whose wife is making him put his writings here for others to read. :-)!