As I write this, on Christmas Eve, it's about 90 degrees Fahrenheit here in Mbabane Swaziland. We have a full house of family visitors. There are 12 of us squeezed in our house, but we are happy to be together, and looking forward to celebrating tomorrow! We will all go to church in the morning, and then head back home for a great BBQ!
Thandeka is 5 but turning 6 this February, and Busani will also be celebrating his 2nd birthday in February!
One of my favorite things about Christmas this year has been doing an Advent Countdown with Thandeka. Reading a couple Bible verses each day and then discussing the significance of Jesus birth. It's been such a joy to see Thandeka so excited to do the Advent every day, and for her to tell me how it's been the same as what she is learning in Sunday school! Gods awesome love for us, freedom from sin, and Jesus being the light in the darkness are just some of the talks we've had.
I'm just so thankful that Jesus the light of the world chose to come to us, to be Emmanuel: God with us, humble himself to enter this dark world, show us the way and ultimately giving up his life for us, and then conquering death...all because he Loves us and wants to have relationship with us!
"The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned." ~ Isaiah 9:2
I am so thankful the Light of the World has come! May He continue to shine His light through us as his children and ambassadors in this dark world! Again, Merry Christmas! Thank you for standing with us this year as our family serves Jesus in Swaziland! May you have a wonderful holiday season, and may the Lord bless you in abundance!
Dennis, Zwakele, Thandeka & Busani
Busani, Thandeka, and their cousin Nonsiki. :)