Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas! Our Lord and Saviour is born!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family!

On December 20th we celebrated Christmas with both Churches. These are pictures from Durres. We had a wonderful time of service and fellowship afterwards. 
In Kavaje we had a packed house with over 60 people. It was nice to see new families and celebrate Christmas together. It was amazing how we had only planned for 50 people but some families brought extra food and we ended up having enough for everyone. This was our second week in our new building and we are very thankful God provided a bigger space for us. 
 We have also been very busy this week. We sang Christmas Carols to the old home and bought them each a pair of winter socks. One resident was upset because the old home doesn't allow them to have electric heaters and her gas heater was out of gas. We went and refilled her gas so that she could be warm. 
We have also been blessed with Christmas boxes this year from Team Hope (like Samaritan's purse). We were able to distribute them to children in both churches, poor neighborhood kids in Kavaje, and we partnered with another church in Rrogozhina to take boxes to a daycare. All total we gave about 200 Christmas boxes. 

Romi, Shpresa, Arian, David, and I also went for our 1st annual Christmas Caroling. We visited 7 houses singing to them and wishing them a Merry Christmas. The families enjoyed the visit but wanted us to stay longer and all of them gave David many treats. 

All in all it has been a very rewarding and blessed Christmas time. We pray that you and your family have a blessed Christmas and New Year as well! 
God bless! 
The Kostas



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