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Christmas in the Congo

With First Free Rockford’s strong connection to the Congolese church and to Tabitha centers in the capital city of Kinshasa, Christmastime unites us even more.

ReachGlobal missionaries Jim and Ruth Snyder and their family lived in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 1985 to 1996, back when the country was called Zaire. (ReachGlobal is the world mission agency of the Evangelical Free Church of America.) We spoke with Jim via email about his family’s memories of Christmas in the Congo.

From a Nativity play: Herod’s soldiers after receiving the decree from Caesar Augustus. They especially enjoy brandishing the wooden swords. Photos provided by Mike and Julia Anne McCord

Is Christmas a big deal in DRC? It’s a public holiday, right?

Christmas is a VERY big deal. Employers generally give food stuffs (chickens, rice, fish, salt, sugar) to their employees and often have parties in early December which include a meal and the distribution of these. The closer one lives to Kinshasa, the more commercialized it has become. China’s influence (believe it or not) has introduced plastic Christmas trees, lights of all sorts and decorations that are now in many homes and churches. In general, people look forward to the holiday as it affords time off from work and with extended family.

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Christmas Traditions 2017

Christmas Traditions

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Christmas Traditions 2017

After last year’s great success, First Free Rockford is again hosting the Christmas Traditions event design to help families make memories at Christmas.  We’ve designed every aspect of the event to help you create new traditions and memories with your family, while weaving in the Christmas story in a way that is both impactful and entertaining!  The Christmas Traditions event is happening December 16th, and to experience every detail of the event you’re just going to have to be here, but here are the highlights.

  • Reindeer petting zoo
  • Indoor snowball fights with over two thousand snow balls
  • Cookie decorating
  • LIVE nativity with real animals, like camels, sheep and donkeys
  • A Puppet show every hour
  • Chick-fil-a will be on site for anyone interested in purchasing dinner

No more waiting at the mall to drop $20 per child on a photo.  Instead they can come to First Free Rockford, get their professional Santa pictures for free and hear the true story of Christmas told in a fun exciting way.  You, your children, and your grandchildren, are not going to want to miss this.  The Christmas Traditions event is happening December 16th, from 4 to 8pm so tell your friends, and we’ll see you there!


Pictures from last year’s Christmas Traditions Event