The Christmas season is a busy season in Ulanbaatar. For each person it has a different meaning. For me, the month was so busy but great. Christmas is all about people... friends, family, church, and of course about the true reason for it, the birth of our Lord Jesus so many years ago.
For many it is the time of preparation for the New Year celebration. Gifts are given, parties are enjoyed, and so on. For others it is simply a lovely time of year to enter into the fun and excitement and gift giving that they have observed and loved in American and other cultures.
For Kathy and me, and for many westerners living in Mongolia, it signifies the time of year when Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem. We celebrate Christmas on December 25th, though no one knows the exact day of the year when he was born. Nevertheless, it is a good day of the year to observe the day Jesus came into this world of heartache and sin.... "You shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins." What a wonderful day it was when the little child, who would 33 years later give His life for us on a painful and lonely cross, was born. For me personally, I am so thankful, and since I became a believer in Jesus at the age of 23, have worshiped Him who washed away my sin and filled me with His life.. by the Holy Spirit.
We had several parties: one with our LEI students on Dec 13; one with our MIU faculty on Dec 20; one with our home group on Dec 21; and finally, one with our church on Dec 22. It was all great. Here are some from the LEI party. I will post photos of the other parties in a few days.