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Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 23

This morning we did what you might call a service project that turned into an absolutely wonderful time for all of us. Today we hosted a Christmas party at a local orphanage here. We brought bags of stuffed animals and toys with us to give as gifts. We had a huge wrapping party last night to get everything ready. These kids are mostly all orphans, although there was also a mix of some daycare kids. We played games and sang songs. The kids had prepared some little skits and songs of their own and they were just adorable. It was so great to be able to bring some Christmas joy to these kids. They were ages 1 to about 5 or 6 I think. I spent some time playing with a little 2 year old that reminded me a lot of myself the way he just wanted to make noise with his toys rather then use them “as designed.”


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We didn’t speak the same language as far as Arabic goes, but I think we spoke a language that they understood just fine. They were so happy to have people there to play with them and communicate that they are loved. There were many smiles all around and much fun had by all. I think some of us are planning to go back more regularly while we are still here to play with the kids. What a merry Christmas we had today. Now, I’m off to another Christmas concert tonight. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to update this site next. So, I pray that you all have a very Merry Christmas and I will be praying for you especially from ground zero here at the Church of the Nativity.

 
Some Cute Kids Dressed as Shepherds and Various Things

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