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The church leaders and members had fun during the Christmas dinner I organized in my flat. Don’t look now, but I actually prepared lasagna, baked potatoes, adobo, risotto, macaroni salad, and yes, even apple crumble! Praise God, my cooking skills are improving slowly but surely. 🙂

We all enjoyed the food (would you believe, we used chopsticks!) and the fun games (the mummy game using rolls of toilet paper, the list game, the Gift of Love game, etc.).

December birthday celebrants Sergei and Alex had their birthday cakes — with lots of candles. They enjoyed so much blowing the candles, as the rest watched with excitement. 

Gatherings like this are very precious. The fellowship is something not to be missed. I thank the Lord for providing all our needs to make this Christmas dinner party possible.

Do take time to visit my Flickr Pro site from time to time. I’ve recently uploaded lots of Christmas 2006 photos there. Enjoy the holidays!

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My Christmas Tree

I love my Christmas tree. It is now adorned with Christmas cards I received from family and friends this year. To those of you who had gone the extra mile to scribble me a special Christmas message on nice holiday greeting cards and send them by post, thank you! It’s always an encouragement to hear from you.

Just to let you know, the young people from the church helped me put up my Christmas tree, now standing proudly in a prominent corner in my flat. I like posing beside it, as you can well see. 🙂

Merry Christmas, everyone! May the love of Jesus Christ warm your hearts and homes this season and beyond. He is the true reason for the season!

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I just like to feature here the wonderful creations of Marsha, a member of the church’s youth group who’s responsible for the designs of these homemade cards and photo frames. She used raw materials from nature: dried leaves, stones, shells, etc. to design her photo frames and cards.

People from the church bought lots of the cards and frames during last Sunday’s service. Marsha and her team made UAH290 that morning alone. Proceeds of the sale will go to the youth group fund.

  

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I just like to feature here the wonderful creations of Marsha, a member of the church’s youth group who’s responsible for the designs of these homemade cards and photo frames. She used raw materials from nature: dried leaves, stones, shells, etc. to design her photo frames and cards.

People from the church bought lots of the cards and frames during last Sunday’s service. Marsha and her team made UAH290 that morning alone. Proceeds of the sale will go to the youth group fund.

  

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December is here!

I can just imagine how it is in the Philippines right now. Christmas lights and lanterns brighten the streets, bright and eye-catching Christmas decors adorn the giant malls and department stores, and songs of Yule are being played here and there. And the people – perhaps, many are already frenetic, as they browse through their Christmas lists and hie off to the nearest mall or, for bargain hunders, to Divisoria.

I do celebrate Christmas twice here:  on the 25th of December and during the Ukrainian Christmas on the 7th of January (Christmas trees are put up for New Year) which a Ukraine city guide once described as “colorful and mystical holiday, celebrated quite differently from most Christian cultures.”

What I do is invite some friends over for Christmas dinner and have some games and gift-giving.  Then there’s this thing I call “Christmas gift-giving to Jesus.” You may wonder what it’s all about. Well, here, I ask everyone what it is that they are struggling with and then tell them to give it all to Jesus as their “heart gift” this Christmas. This is also an opportunity for me to ask them what happened to the “gift” they gave to Jesus the previous Christmas. It’s a free-wheeling discussion on personal struggles and triumphs.

As in years past, it will be a busy year for me this Christmas. I’m planning to hold the yearly Christmas party for the church as well as organize Christmas parties for the youth and ladies’group with whatever financial means I’ll be having this holiday season. I’m confident that the Lord will provide all the things we need to make these plans a reality. Please help me pray for the spiritual success of our Christmas gatherings, thanks.

Once again, with God’s help, the flat that He blessed me with will be a place where fun, food, and above all, fellowship will mark the true reason for the season: Jesus Christ.

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