At about 7:00 am on Christmas Eve morning, we are up and we have taken a hot shower! What an appreciation we have gained for “simple” things in life. We have been so spoiled in the United States even on days with inclement weather, we almost always have hot water with good pressure coming from the tap. Not only that you can brush your teeth and and drink that same water without even boiling it. Thought we would give you something to be thankful for on this our first Christmas Eve in the Congo. The Christmas season has visited us with small gifts from above as we approach Christ’s birthday. We heard our first Christmas Carols (in English!) in the store on December 20, and missionaries from the United Methodist, Baptist, and other denominations gathered at “Restawhile,” the guesthouse of the Church of the Brethren, for a candle light carol…

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