We celebrated Christmas eve with a small service on our compound. Missionaries from several other compounds; we sang carols and read the Christmas story. It was a nice service.
We celebrated Christmas day with just our family. Susan did not put out the presents until after David and Brian went to bed Christmas eve. Brian was very concerned that there were no presents under the tree. However, he was over joyed when he woke in the morning and saw the presents. They had a great time opening presents and enjoyed all of their gifts. They got games, cars and wooden puzzles.
For our Christmas lunch we wanted a nice piece of meat, so we went to the local meat shop – The International Meat Mart. Yes that is it in the picture! When we got there the shop was closed, however, one of the neighbors saw us and went looking for the owner. He came and we told him that we wanted two kg’s (kilograms) of ‘fish meat.’ He promptly ran across the road to a large building where they butcher all of the cows in Jos, and a few minutes later came back with a nice piece of beef. Yes we asked for “fish meat” and got beef. The reason is that the piece of meat looks some what like a large fish – at least the same shape. Before we had learned about this shop Susan went directly to the main butcher and bought some meat, while trying to avoid standing in the cow’s blood and with cows heads for sale next to her. Shopping at the International Meat Mart is a much better experience. We also found out that the owner will deliver if we pay his transportation costs – about 80 cents! We cooked the meat on the grille and had a nice Christmas Lunch.
This afternoon the Nigerian kids came over and they are now watching a movie with David and Brian, much like any other day – when there is no school.
We praise God for sending His son – Jesus to live as one of us and die for us so that we can be one His children. We hope that you enjoyed time with your family and that you were able to sense the presence of God this Christmas.
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