Tuesday Topic: Thanksgiving!

This Tuesday topic is two-fold. First, what are you doing to celebrate this year? Do you have any special traditions that you are carrying on? Secondly, what are 3-5 things that you are thankful for? Can’t wait to hear your replies!

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4 Responses to “Tuesday Topic: Thanksgiving!”

  1. 1 Ashley L. November 23, 2010 at 9:16 am

    This week we’re having several meals together as a ministry team, as well as some special times of prayer and thanksgiving. On actual Thanksgiving Day, we’re having a big traditional meal with our team and all of the kids. It’s going to be lots of fun (and lots of cooking as there are only 2 American women to cook all of the traditional dishes!). I plan especially on consuming a lot of stuffing, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and green bean casserole. Yum! My family has also always started decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving, so hopefully we’ll do that too. I love how the holidays often feel even more sacred when far from home!

    This year I am feeling thankful that our city feels more like home and that we’ve become more a part of the community now that we’ve been here for over a year, for how God has recently been at work in our ministry in some exciting ways, and that our family gets to go back to the US to be with our extended family for Christmas for the first time in 5 years.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Praying that your day is blessed and that your hearts are overflowing with thankfulness!

  2. 2 Becka November 23, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Our team is celebrating together as well. The whole thing is being headed up by an Australian, and we will have in attendence, several U.S. families, a Paraguan, a Peruvian, a missionary couple formally from Panama, a young man from Switzerland, and several Ecuadorian families.

    The thing I love about this, is that it becomes less focused on my blessings from my home country, and fully focused on God’s blessings her has given me.

    Namely, a team that really cares enough to make us Americans feel loved. Those Australians are making an eating a pumpkin pie for the very first time. And I won’t even tell you how much we are all paying to have a turkey. But, that turkey represents far more than tradition. It represents a team of people who care to make us feel welcomed and loved. So. That is my first item of thanksgiving.

    My second: The fact that my language is moving on. Slow. But it is moving. I can now share my faith in my new language. It isn’t very good. I sound like a 5 year old, but 5 years old is better the the newborn I was when I got here.

    My third: I am thankful that my best friend Vivi, (a pastor’s wife here in Ecuador) is carrying a baby within her, safely, and full of health. Last year she was also pregnant during this time, and the baby was born far to early right before Christmas. It did not survive. So, I am grateful that God has blessed them this season with new hope.

  3. 3 Ashley L. November 23, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Becka, your Thanksgiving sounds so special! It seems like God has blessed you with an amazing, loving, and sacrificial team. What a gift! We also have an amazing team, and I couldn’t be more grateful for them. I loved how you shared about how your multi-cultural celebration is causing you to focus on the blessings that you have there and not just on the blessings from “home.” It is so easy for me to focus on the fact that Thanksgiving is a traditional American holiday and to try to make it as American as possible, but I loved how you shared about having a different focus. You’ve got it right on! I love celebrating the culture that I come from and enjoy all of those special traditions from home, but I am encouraged by you to focus even more on the current blessings in my life where we are! God knows we are so blessed!

  4. 4 Shilo November 23, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    We’ll get together with a couple of missionary families…not on Thanksgiving day but the day after…looking forward to many of our favorite foods from home, thanks to a package that recently arrived but mostly just to some VERY good fellowship. I love to whole process of cooking together and hanging out and washing dishes slowly and…all of it.
    Blessings to everyone!!

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