December 2004
Farho Prayer Blog

Merry Christmas
May your Christmas be filled with Joy


Some friends asked us how Christmas in Cote d'Ivoire is different from Christmas in Omaha. Sue wrote a poem that answers that question quite well. We would like it to be our Christmas greeting to you.

There and Here, Africa and Omaha

Our friends who need Jesus are there. Our hearts cry out for them here.

The palm trees are there. The evergreens are here.

The black snow is there. The white snow is here.

The sun is so intense there. The sun hides some days here.

The heat is overwhelming there. The cold is overwhelming here.

The orange taxis are there. The SUV's are here.

Malaria is there. The flu is here.

Cold showers feel great there. Cold showers are totally uncomfortable here.

Small stores are there. Large stores are here.

Sweating is there. Dryness is here.

Long weekends with unbelievers there. Long weekends with believers here.

The Lord is there. The Lord is here.

The Lord's Ways are best there. The Lord's Ways are best here.

Our desire is to be like Mary who said in Luke 1:38, "I am the Lord's Servant and I am willing to do whatever He wants."

See the complete version of this Christmas poem.


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Thanks for your prayers for me, Mike. My treatment yesterday went well. I am a little uncomfortable and tired today. Pray that my energy would come back tomorrow. We have a busy week, with visits and Christmas events.

We are grateful for your prayers for our fellow international workers in Cote d'Ivoire. They are still in need of your prayers. All are packing up their houses. Some will be leaving for an extended amount of time. Some will be leaving for good. Praise God, we may be allowed to return in June. Keep praying for wisdom.

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