In Global Stories

✔️ Turkey & Fixin’s

✔️Egg Nog

✔️Christmas orange in the toe of our stockings

✔️ Family & Friends

✔️ Twinkle lights

✔️Christmas story in the Bible

What Christmas treat would you like to find in your stocking on Christmas morning?

Dark chocolate in any form is a must for Lauren—her family always put Terry’s oranges in their stockings.

Growing up in West Africa, such a luxury was impossible for us, so a mini can of sweetened condensed milk was our must-have.

Christmas usually involves good food! Tell us about a shared meal with someone…

One Christmas in France, we invited close friends whose kids and grands were unavailable, to spend Christmas Eve with us.

We made the full North American turkey meal, but then our friends showed up with a traditional French Christmas eve menu—a platter piled high with seafood of every type, oysters on the half-shell, etc. Between their feast and ours, we almost died of overeating!

What is the ugliest Christmas ornament you’ve ever seen?

Anything inflatable and Disney characters.

Can you tell us about something that brings you HOPE?

Jesus returning as THE conquering King to find His bride preparing (engaged in His mission) and dressed (every people group, tribe, and language included). We’re filled with hope and anticipation as we see and hear what the Spirit is doing all over the earth.

How do you keep Christ in Christmas?

Our manger scene is central and we have very little (if any) Santa stuff in our decor.

We watch a nativity movie (my personal fave is the BBC’s Nativity) on Christmas Eve.

We read the Gospel accounts of the nativity together and pray before we open gifts.

Lauren and I have also encouraged our kids to ask God for a “P” for each member that we give as a gift to each other – a Prayer, a Prophetic word, or a scripture Promise that we feel is specifically for that person in the coming year.

Why was baby Jesus called Saviour? (Luke 2:11)

Because He was the long-awaited Salvation that God had prepared in the presence of all peoples, the light of revelation to the “ethnos,” and the glory of Israel. (Luke 2:32)

What is your Christmas miracle?

Having been able to get together with our children and grandchildren this year (they live in other countries), and we’ll have our daughter, son-in-law, and their 2 with us for Christmas 2022!

Thinking back over the year, what has been the stand-out Word from God that keeps showing up in your life?


Is there someone that you would like us to pray for over Christmas?

Sebastian (a French friend) – for his salvation.

Final thoughts…

The Christmas season is a perfect opportunity to welcome new immigrants, refugees, foreign students, and lonely people into your lives and celebration of the Saviour.

Merry Christmas,

Bruce & Lauren