The time between our Western and Ethiopian Christmases spans two weeks and each culture gets to demonstrate what the season means to them. At Bethel we invited all the financially struggling families to our compound and the children received a T-shirt and school supplies. Throughout the day we visited the families of friends who had invited us to celebrate with them and enjoyed injera and doro wat, the traditional Christmas dishes of Ethiopia. It was an especially long day for us as our church, Christ Embassy, began celebrating Ethiopian Christmas Eve at 11 pm and we celebrated until 4 a.m. on Christmas day. You can see that the Lord had sustained us as no tiredness can be detected on Claire’s face; I assure you mine looked the same!!! All the families that appeared at this Christmas celebration are those that Bethel is helping keep their children in school. The families are so destitute that, prior to being in the home-to-home supervision program, the parents would send their children to beg in the streets instead of permitting them to go to school. By supporting the family with a stipend of 300 birr ($15) per month, the parents agree to keep their children in school. This benefits the children as they can get an education and stay off the streets while the family can better meet the basic needs of their children. It’s hard for people of developed nations to believe that so little support can have such a beneficial impact on the life of these impoverished families. We hope to soon give those who want to help in such efforts, an opportunity to do so by establishing a non-profit corporation in the United States through which contributions can be made and more families will be able to keep their children in school and off the streets.