LifeBridge Christmas

Christmas at an Expat church looks different than your 'typical' Christmas season. With many of our people traveling during the last two weeks of December, we held our Christmas season during the first week of December. It was a unique service that was intermixed with scripture reading and song. There were over 25 LifeBridgers involved in the service and it was a great way to kick off the holiday season and get everyone in the mindset of Advent. 

We are continuing to learn and better understand the culture of 'expats' (short for expatriate: a person living outside of their passport country) and how tried and true methods do not really work in our context. It can be difficult at times to figure it all out,but then an event like this comes together and it is truly a blessing to all involved. 

Giving To Our Community

In November, we had our second Lunch Box Love event. We met on Saturday morning and prepared lunches and bags with encouraging messages on them, then we took to the street to distribute them. 

It's an event the people of LifeBridge love and it's evident that the homeless community is grateful for us coming. But, as is usually the case, our group was just as impacted by those we met. It wasn't just about handing out meals, but meeting people where they were at and taking the moment to hear their story. 

During our November event we were able to double our efforts, providing 200 lunches this time. We are excited about Lunch Box Love and where it will go in this new year.

Orphanage Christmas 

Each December we have the special opportunity, as a church, to purchase gifts for children at a local orphanage then provide a special Christmas celebration for them. During the weeks leading up to Christmas LifeBridgers were encouraged to choose a child and purchase a gift for that child. Then, the Saturday before Christmas, we went to the orphanage for a fun day filled with Christmas carols, games, face painting, food and Happy Birthday Jesus cake. 
In each newsletter we will share a something going on in our lives, a recommendation or just a personal tid-bit. 

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Jendi ended the year with awin. She ran a 10k race on December 29 and was the 5th woman overall. The race was called the Carrera San Silvestre (Saint Silvester Race). In many places in Latin America and all over the world Dec. 31 is known as Saint Silvester's Day, as it is the day in which the Catholic saint, who was a Pope, died in the 4th century of the Christian Era. It has become tradition in many cities to also have a road race that day. 

Praise & Prayer

We deeply appreciate your prayers for us and LifeBridge.

  • Praise for our Homeless and Orphanage outreaches. It was a great way to get involved in our community and serve together, as a church.
  • Pray for 2020. Our Ministry Leadership Team will be meeting on January 13 to lay out things for the next year. Pray for unity and a clear vision.
  • Pray for new people to Panama City who will be looking for a church in the new year. Pray for God's leading in their lives. 
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Past Newsletters
December- Merry Christmas
November- Gelato & World Records
October-Who is the church suppose to reach?
September- How do you show Lunch Box Love?

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