I was all ready to head home after a long day practicing and performing our Christmas musical. We had been there since 2 pm trying to pull the musical together before guests arrived at 5pm. After the musical we all breathed a sigh of relief, somehow we had made it through. This gave us comfort that our second performance, the next night, would be okay. It usually happens that just as I am preparing to go I catch wind of someone inviting people over or people getting together to go do something. Tonight I figured out that a group was going to go Christmas Caroling. It didn’t matter how tired I was, I was going! So we hung out and drank tea for a few more minutes while the church kind of cleared out. Then I saw people putting on their costumes over their coats. Oh, cool, we were going to go “Biblical times” style.
After serenading some innocent passer-byers, our group of about 20 people made it’s way across the street to the apartment buildings. Sasha rang random apartment numbers to ask someone to unlock the door. Soon we learned it is better to ask the youngest female member of our group to do this task, when the people hear her sweet voice the door is opened without hesitation. We all crammed inside the first floor (and halfway up the stares) and knocked on the doors. When people answered the door we said we did not want any thing just to praise God and sing for them. We sang one or two songs and then gave them a New Testament and invited them to our musical the next night. Even though we asked them not to give us anything some of them began stuffing money in our belts and shoving candy into our hands. It was very surprising to me that people were insisting on paying us and that it seamed everyone had candy to give us.
After a few hours we could not climb one more stare so we dragged ourselves back to church for some tea and candy. I’m not sure if anyone that we invited came the next night but they have the Word of God in their home’s now and an open invitation to the church across the street.