“And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12
Shepherds heard the angel say to them, “…this will be a sign for you.” Sunday and Monday night we literally had many hand-painted signs all directing traffic to come and find “…a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
Though travellers to our very first Live Drive Thru Nativity had a lengthy wait in a long line of cars, they certainly experienced the Christmas Gospel. [News Article] At the exit, Andrew Jamieson, Lily Bekkers, and I heard carload after carload of people express that, although it took upwards of an hour and a half to get through, it was worth every minute. That’s a huge credit to all those who worked so hard, with joy and enthusiasm, to recreate A Night In Bethlehem. God was glorified and his grace and goodness was so evident throughout. The pleasant weather was certainly a gift. In just two nights we gave out close to 400 beautiful, Gideon Bible Magazines and lovely Christmas thank you bags (which included information about our Christmas Eve services, Alpha, and the WarRoom Movie and small group series coming up in January) to between 600-700 vehicles. Most cars were full of families, grandparents, grandchildren, friends and neighbours. That’s at least a couple thousand people who went through the Live Drive Thru Nativity. Wonderfully, the Food Bank received $625.00 and over 1250 pounds of food, as well as, contributions just shy of $2,500.00 went to the Refugee Initiative.
As they say, “It takes teamwork to make the dream work.” Well, all our Costume and Prop Makers, Hospitality People, Sign Artists, Set Construction, Security, Traffic, and Clean Up People, Drama, Photography, and Promotions People, Magi, KOJ Camp Managers, Soldiers, Tax Collectors, Bethlehem Market Villagers, Shepherds, Inn Keepers, Animal Handlers, Angel Choir, Carollers, Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus (well played by sweet baby Reese!), did make the dream of going public with the real Christmas story, a reality. Many of you also prayed and shared invites through Social Media; and, Tuesday night’s concert - Pastor Paul, the musicians, vocalists, and actors, lead us in a fitting crescendo and celebration.
Most powerful for me, was not only seeing the Nativity come alive for our community, but seeing the abundant life of Christ manifested in his body of believers here at NMBC. Our church whole-heartedly embraced the vision of this Christmas outreach. Your trust and faith in action overwhelmed and moved me to tears of joy on more than one occasion. It was a lot of hard work yet you all served with such a gracious spirit of unity and team work. You did an amazing job. To our inspiring Nativity Team - Pastor Paul, Ron and Linda Wright, Rick Wood, Ethel Nicholson, Kevin and Jennifer Graham, Sharon Fowler, and Shawna Peverill, and the 170 plus (awesome!) volunteers - a huge thank you!
Please keep praying that God will bless the seeds of truth that were sown. We are so looking forward to, God-willing, doing this again next year!
Thanks for meandering along with me,