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Your Gift’s Fruit

This year for our first Christmas in Mozambique we got the opportunity to compile some fun gifts for those that God has brought into our lives. After learning that providing a good meal for your family is an honored thing in this community and failing to do so is, in turn, is a shame; the idea of a Christmas Meal Basket began to form itself.


It took us three days of gathering items and baking cookies with our friends. Each basket included tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, rice, onions, seasoning packets, tomato paste, a package of corn flour, homemade cookies, bracelets made by the girls for each family’s children, a Christmas card, and a live chicken (which clearly was not placed in the basket. Hehe). Some of the fun was that our helpers, while curious, were quite surprised when they received the work of all our hands at the end of the three days. =)


We had a blast from the cookie making to the chickens running around our yard until they were all sent off to their new homes. =) (The catching of the chickens part was super fun too.)


While we still have budding Portuguese, we took the opportunity to let God’s word speak for itself. Our Christmas card included Luke 2:11 and Philippians 1:6.


It was particularly fun the day that we gave out the baskets when one of our friends mentioned their wife wanting chicken and rice for their Christmas meal, but him having to tell her it was not possible this year. Matt could barely contain his excitement to hand this dear brother his live chicken and basket of food later that afternoon.

Oh how my heart swells at their joy, some looking away to keep back tears. Sweet, friends and family, I share this story not to puff up our reputations, but to thank you. Thank you, sweet friends and family, for loaning us out to the missions field here. We missed you all during Christmas for sure, but I wanted you to see the impact on these precious brothers and sisters in Christ.


Your sacrifice is building such beautiful fruit.

God is so good. So, so good.

It was indeed a Merry Christmas.




Have you ever thought that the all-sufficient Savior has promised those who walk in blind faith more than our minds can ever comprehend? That the only True Savior renews our minds, even when we feel most useless toward His Kingdom work? The Lord of all dares to touch our hearts, even as we stumble to find obedience. Oh how this soul wishes we Christians would embrace His Truth! And that the world would be different because of obedient hearts. Lord, change me. Lord, change us. All for Your glory. ---------- I am a Jesus-follower, a Homemaker, a Wife of the best man EVER, a Mom of 4 wonderful girls, a missionary in Africa, a Friend, an Encourager, a Seeker of integrity who is unsatisfied with a mediocre walk in Christ, and Blessed beyond any words that I could ever express. Thanks for being interested in my little slice of the world.

6 thoughts on “Your Gift’s Fruit

  1. I love this and that the girls so joyfully participated as well. 😉 Even cooler that God used you guys to rock some families’ ideas of what His love can mean. Love that the most.

    And on a totally superficial and unholy note, cute baskets!!!

  2. Beeeeautiful. Miss you like crazy and thanks for sharing to help me know the sacrifice is worth it.

    God is so very good!

  3. This is a beautiful way to understand the needs of others, and to give of yourselves to help the ones in need. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻Prayers and love, always.

  4. Lots of fun and love going into those food baskets — and live chickens too !!! What a blessing to give and receive. How beautiful that the girls are growing to be natural givers, just like their wonderful parents. It inspires me to look for ways to give and serve……Love you all

    1. Love you too, Luanne. Hope you all are doing well. Give Darlene and that sweet Allie-girl a squeeze for me next time you see them. I think about you all often. Pray things are going well for you all. =)

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