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.
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!
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!)
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!
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 +