Joyeux Noël !

December 28, 2015

Merry Christmas from Cameroon!

I don’t have much news to report, but I thought I would simply post some photos to give a flavor of what Christmas celebrations are like here.

The Sunday school Christmas program of the French-speaking congregation in Meiganga follows much the same format as traditional programs in the U.S.: children recite Bibles verses, reenact the Christmas story, and sing Christmas songs.

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Christmas concerts are big here! I think I have mentioned before that many congregations have four or five choirs. They all perform concerts at Christmas time, and here in Meiganga, the Sunday school children give a concert as well. These kids know how to sing and dance!

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We have our own Christmas program at the Lutheran Institute of Theology for students, faculty, and their families. It is part worship service and part Christmas variety show, with singing, skits, and comedy. (The comedy part is largely comprised of students doing imitations of professors – ouch!)

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Above: the student choir singing; below: children of students singing.

Of course, there are also Christmas worship services. Christmas Day is generally the most attended service, and usually includes baptisms and confirmations – lots of them!

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This young girl is one of 30 children (and 6 adults) baptized on Christmas day in one congregation. 18 youth were also confirmed.

So there you have it – a few snapshots of Christmas in Cameroon. There are not nearly as many lights, decorations, and presents as we tend to have in the U.S. But the good news of Christmas, that a Savior is born for the world, is proclaimed bright and clear. Our world needs this good news more than ever these days.

May the good news of Christmas shine in your life and bring love, joy, and peace to you and to all those around you.

+ Grace and peace +

4 thoughts on “Joyeux Noël !

  1. cyndakota

    Beth, you didn’t tell us if they imitated you as a professor. If so, what did they do? What wonderful pictures! You have become a good photographer. Of course, you have such interesting subjects! Merry Christmas. We missed you at our celebrations, but i know you are having wonderful and meaningful experiences in Cameroon. Cyndi

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    1. elisabethjo Post author

      Thank you, Cyndi. There are a couple students who like to do imitations; mostly, they just imitate us teaching and repeat things we tend to say a lot, but of course, in an exaggerated way. It always gets lots of laughs.

      Greet everyone for me at the gathering in Sioux Falls. Miss you all! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  2. Lucile Wattermann

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Beth! Thank you for sharing pictures of the Christmas celebrations in Cameroon. We enjoyed having family in Algona for a few days. Pete, Janelle and children shared time with us and your mom and Anna’s family. This has been a snowy day so the birds were very busy at our feeders. Cardinals are so brilliant against the white snow. December was unusual weatherwise with a couple inches of rain and until Christmas Eve day the lawns still looked green. It was a White Christmas with around 3 inches of snow on the ground. Perhaps we will add 8 more inches with today’s snowfall. We wish you God’s blessings in the new year. Love in Christ, Lucile and Cecil

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    1. elisabethjo Post author

      Thank you, Lucile! Good to hear from you. I was able to skype with the family in Algona on Christmas Eve. Good to see their faces, even if the picture was a little blurry. Glad you had a white Christmas. Merry Christmas, and God’s blessings to you in the new year as well!

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