We love to take a day each December to show our gratitude for their part in our lives and the students we serve. It actually takes more than one day on our part, but this is what it looks like to share a box of Christmas treats for the FIU faculty and staff.
The reason why we do this in the first place!
First, buy tins and prepare them to hold a stack of treats.
Next, decide on what amazing cookies and candies to make. This year we had delightful help again from a Sunday School class at church who bought the tins and made the goodies.
Then, gather at a love-filled home to heat up the ovens and dialogue over delicious recipes.
Next, get instructions from the aged experts. :)
Bake mounds of cookies.
And don't forget to make the coveted Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookie Cups.
Now it's time to gather around the antique table for hard work... filling the tins with treats!
Fellowship, fill, and arrange, but no nibbling!
Be sure to leave space at the top for the famed Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Cups.
Be amazed at what many hands and much laughter can accomplish.
Make some coffee and sample the extra cookies.
Now it's time to add a thank-you note for those who will receive our token of gratitude.
Don't forget to add a special Gospel message to each tin that will outlast the cookies inside.
Thank God for friends who love Him enough to make a difference in your ministry.
Get on your sweater, (the arctic air from the northern part of America has pushed some breezy weather our way), and head to campus with some helpers.
Stand back and watch as the surprise and gratitude fills the faces of staff who are recipients of your love.
Watch the joy grow in the students who are part of the giving.
Be sure to take an extra cookie-filled tin in case you meet someone you were not expecting. This young lady is a student who was working in an office even though it is officially Winter Break and a recipient of an 'extra' tin. Midst all the excitement and chatter in this office, she had pulled the Gospel tract off the tin and began reading immediately.
Expect to keep the annual tradition in this office of taking their group picture. . . (notice the bow and tract is already off the tin of the girl in light blue)
and silently rejoice when she sits down and immediately picks up the tract again to continue reading. She was completely lost to her surroundings while she read this gift of truth. My attempt to develop a relationship with Katie this year has been very slow; pray for this young lady who needs the Lord.