Christmas and New Year’s in the Village

The month of December is always unique for us when we are in Africa… we enjoy celebrating the Advent and Christmas season with our friends and neighbors, but we also miss family and friends back in the states; the pull to be with loved ones is especially strong in December. Bing Crosby’s “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” can be a real tear-jerker when overseas. So we try our best to make new traditions (like swimming in the ocean on Christmas Eve), we find new ways to celebrate Jesus and His coming, and delight in seeing the many new believers around us discover the true meaning of Christmas…


This is the village we used to live in, Akontorobe. We were able to visit our old neighbors on Christmas Eve and have a little party. We had food, drinks, presents for the little ones (that Myla and Keely put together with Rebe) and a short message about Jesus and why he came into he world. 


On Christmas Day both of our little church plants came together for a time of worship and celebration. It’s always fun when we are all able to be together.



New Year’s Day was spent with our Malagasy family eating well and hanging out. New Years is the biggest holiday in Madagascar. Mango salad, potato salad, coconut rice, fire-roasted chicken, crabs in tomato sauce, and our contribution, pulled pork, black-eyed peas with ham, and collard greens… A mash-up of American and Malagasy traditions.


This is my friend Musa. We both have the same kind of car; except his is a taxi so some days it carries 9 or 10 people, and other days a mix of fish, crabs, shark, stingray, and lobster. If it wasn’t for Musa our car would always be broken, but he knows absolutely everything about Renault 4-Ls. I am slowly learning, and I enjoy getting a chance to talk with him about life, God, and the Christian faith.

Happy new year everyone,