Jan/11

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas to all of our friends around the world, and we pray that you have a safe and blessed year in 2011. And while Christmas lasts 1 or 2 days for most people every year, our Christmas time is much more spread out. To make it possible for our senior pastoral team from Phnom Penh to join in with the celebrations at each Fellowship of Hope congregation, every congregation celebrates Christmas on a different day over a 2 month period. As we grow, this becomes more and more of a challenge to coordinate, but we really value the community and support that this allows, particularly for the smaller provincial churches that are further away from the city.

Christmas is also a very busy time for the Serve Cambodia education centres. We always hold a large Christmas concert at TLC for the students, their families, and the local community. Everyone has a lot of fun, and it gives us an opportunity to share the good news of Christmas in both word and deed.

TLC centre manager Sochea puts a lot of hard work in to preparing for the concert, and Pastor Sara always loves an opportunity to share the good news. Meanwhile, a lot of activity was happening behind the scenes as the Serve Cambodia staff prepared a Christmas meal to share with all of the guests.

Back on stage, the crowd was treated to a variety of performances – songs, dramas and much more.

As a first this year, Ura and the new students from Harvest of Hope centre travelled to the concert, and they performed a few Christmas items of their own. Can you guess which characters these 3 boys were playing?

At the end of the concert, the staff and students received their Christmas presents. A special thankyou to those who helped with the cost of the gifts - a luxury that many of these people can’t afford themselves.

We look forward to what God will bring in 2011, and we look forward to working together with so many of you as we serve God and the people of Cambodia . If this new year is anything like 2010, then there is a lot to be excited about!

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