Russia-- Christmas in Russia is viewed in a different light as more people celebrate Christmas. With the Soviet Union not in existence, the nation's people celebrate Christmas, but on January 7th, which is the orthodox calender.
In terms of missions, David Oullette who has been working in Irkutsk for four years comments, "Here everybody hasn't heard already. So, yeah, there is opportunities and you can talk to people about it, but that's pretty much the case all year 'round."
Latin America--despite the chills of poverty, the countries of Latin America receives the warmth of the chrismas spirit as many reach out to celebrate the gospel with their community.
"For many missionaries, Christmas day is a time to spend with family and other missionary friends. This day of rest, however, follows a very busy season of ministry and evangelism. In Costa Rica, LAM missionary Lillian Solt reports that her youth groups have come up with novel ways to raise money to help the less fortunate. They box toys and clothing for the children and food for the parents. Lillian says it is gratifying to watch people come to the Lord through this ministry. In Mexico City, Rebekah Mayerend dresses up as a shepherd or another participant in the Christmas story and travels from school to school in her poverty-stricken community to present the Gospel. She says that teachers are open and children very receptive to the Gospel story," said Ken MacHarg, missionary in Latin America.
By Paulina C.