Sunday, December 9, 2007

Christmas 2007

FRC Christmas Express 2007!
It was 6:23 am when I called Francisco, I was on I75 and almost Miramar
Parkway. We were sharing how sleepy we felt but most important how excited we were to be on our way to serve at Cooper for the Christmas Express 2007.
Even though there was no cafe, we were welcomed by smiley and caring people at Cooper and then we forgot all about having cafe - ummm ..not really! But we were not there for the coffee.
We volunteered as personal shoppers and I will tell you in a minute what that meant.
We got a run down of the show and afterwards we were guided to the loby area were we made 2 lines one for the English speaking volunteers and a second one for the bilingual volunteers. So you guessed right, there was only one line, you know us Latinos we don't like to be in lines. Maria our Doral Cuban jewel surely cut the line and was in front of us out of a sudden. I am smiling right now and actually laughing cause it was fun waiting in line, teasing Maria and listening to her explanation for cutting the line.
So as a personal shopper volunteer, you wait "in line" until it is your turn and then you were introduced to a family and you take them to the "Troy store" upps Toy's Store, it sounds good though! Anyway focus Julieta!
By the way I should mention that the Cooper team did an awesome job decorating the store as you might see on the pictures, it was just amazing how that place held so much love! This is what we call using your God potential, it is using your talents and gifts God build in you to use it for the Kingdom of God.
All the toys you donated were there bringing a smile to the many parents who walked through that store. Thank you for caring and sharing! Our family had 6 children, so the parents were so happy with the treasures they found for their kids. The father and the mother of the children were there happy and in harmony searching for the perfect toys for their kids, they looked at the toys without having to stress about if they can afford them or not. It was more about what they always wanted to buy but they had not had the opportunity before. God made it happen and you were part of it, isn't that awesome!

Our first task was to get a bike for their kids, then two more gifts for each kid. When we were ready there, we headed over to the gift wrapping, we dropped off the toys and then we hit the breakfast room. There we got time to talk and connect to the family for a while. We found out that the father is a Haitian construction worker- that is a tough job! He also shared the few pictures they had of four of the six children, they have 5 girls and 1 boy.
Finally we picked up the all wrapped gifts and we picked up the bikes too. Francisco did a good job fitting the bikes in the trunk of their car. We hugged them and said goodbye to them wishing them a very special Christmas, reminding them that God loves them and cares for them. They left smiling with a grateful heart, God bless them and keep them together!

Ok! back to us! When I say us I mean: Pastor Igor, Grecy, Silvia, Francisco, Tainna Cesar, Vivian and me!
We were hungry!!!
At the end of the event Pastor Igor and Grecy -who by the way celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary on that day. Congratulations guys, God bless you abundantly!- took us for breakfast...Excuse me I must be more specific- for a Cuban breakfast. Then, when we were no longer hungry we were sleepy...Pastor Igor was solving one problem at the time, so at the end of the breakfast he ordered Cafe Cubano chico! We still had to go do Set up at our "Dushi Campus" Doral. So we all left La Carreta all caffeinated and ready for Set up!
Thank you Pastor Igor and Grecy for being so caring and loving to us, you guys rock!

If you are still not volunteering, we strongly encourage you to sign up soon, we had so much fun that day, but you were surely missed!

dushi means loving or sweetie, it is in papiamento and that is what we speak in the island of Curacao .

Saturday, November 24, 2007

The Nativity story in a nutshell!

The Birth of Jesus foretold - Luke 1:28-33 28
The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."
29Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30But the angel said to her,"Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."

The Birth of Jesus Christ - Matthew 1:19-23 19Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 20But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,because he will save his people from their sins." 22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"—which means, "God with us."

The Birth of Jesus - Luke 2: 4-7
4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels
8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." 13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,14"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." 15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." 16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

The visit of the Magi
atthew 2:9-12
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11On coming to the house , they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. 12And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

The escape to Egypt
Matthew 2:13-15

13When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take the
child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him."
14So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Out of Egypt I called my son."

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