In 2006 I did a thread about a very difficult Christmas we had many years ago, and then also talked about Christmas that year. I thought I'd do a thread about our Christmas this year and invite others to respond or add comments about Christmas on the mission field. This year was a little difficult, since my wife went back to the homeland for a two week trip to see our son and her family. Her lost friend Junko went with her, and it was a wonderful opportunity for Junko to see true Christianity in action. We've given Junko the Gospel numerous times, but she's not been interested in the Lord. They attended church several times, including a cantata where our son had the lead role. At one point Junko asked why Patty read her Bible every day. Junko also learned to pray with Patty before meals and at bed time. Unfortunately, Patty came back with a cold that turned into flu, and with injured ribs from carrying those heavy suitcases. So she was not able to even go to our Christmas service on the 21st, much less help. It was all up to me! Wow, she does so much for me and the Lord that everything is so much harder without her. Anyway, our first Christmas activity was getting out a Christmas tract I had written, and we've gotten out a couple of thousand of those I suppose. Unfortunately it was not printed very well, but since the homeland printing ministry did it for free we can't complain. As I said, we had our Christmas celebration at the church on Sunday, and had a good attendance. I worked hard on a special, colorful Christmas bulletin with my Japanese software and a little help from PrintMaster too. The service went well. We sang some Christmas songs and a couple of choruses. We worked on this month's memory verse, 1 John 3:5, which gives the main reason Christ came: "And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin." Then I preached on the people who met the baby Jesus. The closing hymn was "Silent Night," which we sang by candlelight and guitar (after all, it was written for guitar). This has become a tradition with us, and it's so precious to hear these Japanese believers sing about Christ.