„Today you shall know: The Lord is coming to redeem us and tomorrow you shall see His glory.“ see Ex. 16.6-7
Yes, today we are celebrating Holy Eve – the birth of Jesus and with that the Incarnation of God!
Whenever I light a candle, Aisha and Anita start to sing „Happy Birthday!“ because that is what we did for their birthdays. So when we lit the candles of the Advent wreath, we have been excited with anticipation of the birth of the Christ Child and tonight finally is the night!
We already gave the children of St. Nicholaus their presents on December 23rd. In Tanzania it is customary to give new clothes for Christmas and so we decided to give the children their gifts early so that they may join Jesus‘ Birthday celebration with new and shiny clothes.
The building of St. Nicholaus Children’s Center is progressing very well. In only 5 months the workmen completed the basic structure of the first three buildings. They started plastering building 1 (entrance, office, director’s bedroom, two guestrooms) and fixing the door and window frames. The electrician and the plumber started their work. Building 2 (3 bedrooms for children, 2 bedrooms for caretakers) and building 3 (dining room, kitchen, store, big bathroom) have a roof. The foundations of buildings 4 and 5 (more bedrooms for children and caretakers, bathrooms etc.) are finished. It is our hope to move in before Easter although the whole project will not be completed by then.
We wish you the joy about the birth of Jesus and with that the Incarnation of God in our midst! There is no greater and more beautiful gift than this!
Stefanie and the Children and Caretakers of St. Nicholaus