Bishop Lull: A Living Hope
Evening Prayer for Unity at the Cathedral of Saint Paul (1.21.18) “A Living Hope” I Peter 1:3-5 [...]
Rachel Mann and Sarah Peterson are serving our global church during a year abroad through Young Adults in Global Mission. Today they share Christmas greetings and how you can pray for them in the new year.
My Christmas celebration started early this year when I attended a Christmas event last week at Amboaloboka, a young women’s vocational school where I teach. After a short church service, the students performed a variety of songs and dances, as well as acted out the nativity story. It was such an amazing opportunity to get a glimpse of traditional Malagasy culture and to see my students show off what they’ve been working on! Coming up next week, I’ll be attending church services on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with my host family. On the 25th, everyone will dress up in their best clothes for what promises to be an all-day event. Malagasy celebrations typically involve lots of lengthy speeches and lots of singing; it’s not uncommon for a celebratory church service to last upwards of five hours! After church, I’ll join my host family for a Christmas meal featuring a special chicken and, as always, plenty of rice.
In the New Year, I ask for prayers for continued relationship building, for my host community, and for all of the other YAGM volunteers in Madagascar and around the world. Sending the warmest of seasons greetings to you all from Fianarantsoa! May God bless you and your loved ones this holiday season.
I'm celebrating Christmas this year with the two churches where I serve. We have already had a few Christmas dinners where we eat turkey and do crackers. Crackers are a toy that you pull apart, the inside filled with small toys and a paper crown that you wear as you eat the Christmas dinner! Yesterday we had a carol service and a nativity play with the kids.
Please include in your prayers the youth at the Church who are on break right now.