Romanian Christmas 2010

Romanian Christmas 2010
Merry Christmas from Braila, Romania where we have had a very interesting day filled with special and unique blessings! Today, we have had unusually mild weather with temperatures around 60 and partly sunny skies. This is a big contrast to last Christmas when the temps were in the teens and there was close to 3 feet of snow on the ground. Regardless, we enjoyed the day as we started off with helping our Roma friends at Lacu Dulce Mission Church present a children’s Christmas program. Dawn and I provided our laptop and some portable music equipment and some encouragement and Christmas goodies too!...
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Operation Christmas Child and Metanoia Church

Operation Christmas Child and Metanoia Church
Oh yes, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas around Braila, Romania! Today I had another opportunity to go with our brothers and sisters from Metanoia Church to distribute OCC gift boxes and share some songs and encouragement to a lot of young children. Several of the leaders and staff of the church came out to share in the Christmas spirit. Pastor Mezin led in some traditional Romanian carols and later I sang a traditional American carol to them in English… I think that some of them understood. Florin Gheorghe also said a few words to the children. If I understood the circumstances...
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Operation Christmas Child and Holy Trinity

Operation Christmas Child and Holy Trinity
Yesterday, I was asked to come along to assist with a OCC distribution at a local elementary school here in the city. I have some portable sound equipment that I use in ministry and in this case, it was very useful for my friends at Holy Trinity to present a program to the group of kids who gathered in the upstairs theater area. We had a group of around 200 children with age ranges from around 8 – 10 years old I believe. Claudia Stefanuti did a great job organizing the event and along with some young people from the church, they presented some songs, a skit and a puppet show about the importance...
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Old Fashioned Christmas Music

Old Fashioned Christmas Music
Ok, this is just for fun! Go to the full article to find a Shoutcast player which will play lots of old Christmas music. Yes, it is mostly nostalgic old secular music and some modern mixes but that is alright… most of us from the US from my generation will remember these songs. Of course, I am only providing an embedded player link so I have no control over the line up of music being player. I just thought it would be neat including this on our site the last week before Christmas. I hope you enjoy it and if you are not familiar with Shoutcast, I would recommend that you check it out. They have...
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Christmas in Perspective

Christmas in Perspective
Look closely at the photo which I used for this post. It is a scene from behind our apartment block. Click the audio control below to listen to the attached music as you read this and look at the picture. I pray that as you do this, you will slow down a bit and ask yourself what Christmas really means to you. Please please, please know that I am not trying to hurt your feelings. No, not at all… but I do hope to make you think about what your emphasis is this time of the year. I hope to jog your sensibilities to step out of the materialistic fog that many of us tend to get caught up in at...
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