It’s Christmas morning in England; and the sun is shining! What a great gift.
I’ve been a tangle of emotions these past few days. It’s hard to be away from my family and friends during the holidays. I miss them and the comfort of our traditions. I’m grateful for new friends here who are loving me, praying for me and inviting me into their homes and traditions. I’m blessed to part of a staff that gathers for food, laughter and games…some of my favorite things. All across Europe, they understand and are probably feeling some of the same emotions. Several students sought me out at chapel Christmas Eve services for hugs…what joy! More giggles…and probably inside jokes forever…about the two dogs who were in attendance at the English church’s Christmas Eve Service. Tears, memories, love, gratefulness, blessings, joy, laughter, new memories and now…
Excitement! I leave in about 12 hours with 14 students and 5 adults for Winter Blitz in Austria! We will meet about 300 more from around Europe for a week of skiing, snowboarding, sledding, sight-seeing, water slides and learning about Jesus. We need your prayers for safe travel (it’s at least a 16-18 hour bus ride to Austria), safety on the slopes and sled runs, relationship building between leaders and students, and most importantly for each person’s relationship with God. Many will hear the truth about Jesus for the first time this week. Pray for our speaker, staff and small group leaders that God will give them the words that students need to hear. May we be bold for Jesus!
Christmas is here. Jesus is here. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1: 1-5