What a month it has been! I kept thinking that we could not get any busier but we did! We came to a agreement with Nancy & Maggie's mother that felt like God's hand! She and only she will visit with them here once a month. They are now permanently part of Tumaini Childrens Center. Then we received our 8th & 9th child Joyce & Dema, we have a full house.
Our #1 farmer rang us and ask for help, his wife just had a baby! We did not know that they were expecting. Some cultures here keep the wife inside and do not tell anyone until the blessed event! We guess this is what took place so Horace was out and helping right away!
On the 12th of December we were so pleased to meet our newest grandson, Tekoa Jeshi Leister! Born here in Eldoret Kenya! Praise God He is so good to us! Tekoa's birth was a bit more than his parents expected so we have been doubly blessed to have Josh, Rachel & Tekoa for an extra 2 weeks,through the Holidays, yea!!!!
We were also blessed to have another of our family with us this Christmas season, Largent Rape, who is ministering in Uganda for 6 months. There were many that we missed during this Christmas but it was truly a Blessed Christmas!
I have to admit that is has been my own personal dream to someday spend the Christmas Season in another country sharing with children who have never heard orexperienced, what Christmas is truly about! This year that dream was a reality and we got to share a family tradition, of telling the birth story of Christ, each taking turns in our own words, with several children who had never heard the true Christmas story. It was an awesome experience!
On the Sunday before Christmas Josh & Largent took our older children to a Christmas celebration at the Chege home with all the children from church, around 125! Wow and Wow! They had a great time!
Our Nancy who is 6 was so overwhelmed with what Christmas meant to us as a family and as lovers of Christ! Her eyes were as big as saucers at each point! Our gifts were very modest compared to Christmas's we have had in the past but to her it was all that it could be and it made it so much more for all of us! The next day she said " oh how I love Christmas, is today Christmas too?" All the others enjoyed it too but just could not express it like Nancy!
As we look ahead at the year 2009 we are seeing the doors of Heaven open and God's dreams reveled here in Kenya Africa! Thank you for joining us here to see them come about! Jesus says in Matt. " what ever you do for the least of these, you do for me" We hope that you see Jesus in each of these little faces as we do! Thank you for your loving support! The Leisters in kenya