Letter from the Mission Field (Dec 25, 2014)

¡Feliz Navidad!
and Merry Christmas!
(and Happy Chanukah!)


It's Christmas again in Honduras.  It's time for parades, fireworks and eating tamales.  

The Christmas tamale  is something new for me.  A tamale is    made from  various vegetables, rice and meats, placed inside a masa (corn dough) dumpling. The dumpling, itself, is wrapped in corn leaves and steamed or boiled.  It is an ancient food of the Mayas, Lencas and other indigenous people, and a tradition, which continues today.   Its connection with Christmas is obscure, but everyone makes them this time of the year.  They have become, in a way, a   New World offering to the Christ Child. 

Again this year, I went with Father Roberto on his tour of the countryside on Christmas Eve Day (December 24) to celebrate the end of Advent and the beginning of Christmas. This year we had several  baptisms at both the Church of the Annunciation and at San Isidro.  

And, of course, we brought presents for the kids of campo. I am always amazed at how much joy these simple presents bring to the children.  You can see more below

Finally, I wish  you and your families a very Merry Christmas.

Also, if possible, please consider an end of the year donation, so  that I may continue with God's work here. (See link to the right.)  Thank you. 
   
Peace and all goodness to you,
Jack 

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