Melissa organized the Christmas pageant this year, and it was so amazing! She did an awesome job with the costumes, props, music…everything! The kids were just awesome. The night started with 5 of the older girls doing a ribbon dance, and that made me want to lie down on the floor and bawl my eyes out. Knowing what these girls have been through and the journey they’ve been on to gain self-worth and confidence…..and to watch them be able to perform in front of a crowd of people… wow. The power of our Father is amazing.
The pageant is the story of the birth of Christ told from the animals’ point of view. Some of the older girls were not so thrilled to be dressed like animals, but they ended up coming around. They all did such an awesome job…not one line forgotten!
Jonathan was a little sheep. It was H.I.L.A.R.I.O.U.S. Instead of crawling with the other sheep during their song….he kept flopping down on his belly and kind of swimming around on the floor. The shepherd…and even another sheep (Maribel) had to keep poking and pushing him. After that song, they were just sitting around onstage during another part. He decided it was fun to pull off tufts of cotton from his costume….totally distracting from the acting going on. The other kids were trying to pick it up and stick it back on him. classic.
The big night took place in a community center here in Shell, so it was a huge deal for the kids to perform in that setting. There were several maestros and their families, tias, people from our church, missionary familes, and other random people from the community. It is our prayer that hearts were opened to Christ and that the message of His birth was remembered above all.
Sorry these pictures are out of order. They’re a combination of mine and Dwight’s, and I can’t figure out how to change their order. I’ll try to post some short videos, but I hope this works for now!