Met with some great friends today that I don't get to see very often. We exchanged gifts, got caught up on each other's lives and thoroughly enjoyed our time. Not sure why we wait so long between seeing each other.....maybe busy lives and 30 miles is the reason. I think we are going to have to work on that!!
I have a friend at church who is a single mom and was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The chemo is really wearing her out, so last night I picked her up and took her to do her Christmas shopping!
Tonight we hosted our staff/elder Christmas party and white elephant! We had so much fun. But I realized in this picture that all the guys sat on one side of the room and the women sat on the other...typical!
During the year, IFO reaches out to international students in our area helping them to acclimate to life in the US....providing rides, helping get apartments, and meeting with them to practice their English, be their friend. The year culminates in a Christmas party and it is in the one place where IFO sets out to share the gospel of Christ. My church hosts the party and we look forward to it every year!!
This year we fed well over 500 people!!!
It is always amazing to see how God stretches our food!
We even had leftovers that we sent to a local shelter.
We had many countries represented...china, Korea, Iraq, Rwanda, India to name a few. Many of the students are muslim and have never been inside a church.
It was standing room only for the program!
So amazing to see all these people inside our sanctuary! And very cool to hear silent night sung in so many languages at the same time!!!!
But the best part was hearing someone sharing Christ in the hallway!!
We were so SWAMPED at work today that we didn't even have time to wash dishes and this was the only knife available to my coworker to spread mayo!!! I hope it slows down seeing as I have to work full days this week!!!
I am a woman in mid-life who loves the Lord and her family!! I am the mom of 3 absolutely amazing kids (23, 21, 19) who make my life happy, crazy, busy.....perfect! I am also a pastor's wife. I try to live each day looking for where God is working so that I can join him there.
I am attempting to take one photograph each day of this next year. My hope is to be able to slow down and see the small things, become a better photographer and to be reminded of the many blessings God sends my way!