Calling to missionary service
Photoalbum "Ministry in L'viv"
Children's evangelism ministry
Sunday Worship Services
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
Evangelical camp for teenagers
Home Bible Study
Children sunday school, bible baptist church, L'viv
Christian Bookstore "Lighthouse" in L'viv
Higgins family photo album 1993-2007
Complete version of Higgins family photo album 1993-2007 here
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The Ministry of the Higgins Family
in L’viv, Ukraine,
Christmas Program at the "Timothy Club"
The Ukrainian people put great emphasis on religious holidays, especially in western Ukraine. Therefore, we used the local tradition as an opportunity to preach about Christ. Every year we have put on a children's Christmas program and invited the friends, relatives and acquaintances of all the children who attended our church.
The central part of the Christmas program was always the Christmas play, complete with wise men, soldiers, shepherds, Joseph, Mary - all played by our friends: the youth of Greater Grace church.
In the photo on the left, you will see a youth group, dressed up as
Christmas characters: shepherd, star, King Herod, angel, Mary, death and
others. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, similar groups (it is so called
"Nativity Play"), make appearances in the central town square, singing
Christmas carols, puting on plays, entertaining passers-by and at the same
time making some pretty good money.
The L'viv city officials promote the holiday atmosphere in every possible
way, using a variety of methods: every year the main square is decorated
with a huge Christmas tree and lights, traditional Christmas music is played
nearly round-the-clock, rides are set up for the children and multitudes of
stalls are opened, selling food, souvenirs, books, etc.
For the children, Christmas is a big holiday! It is the most beautiful and
interesting time of year and.... the most delicious, too. Our children,
Hannah and David (and little Jonathan in the stroller) enjoyed cotton candy
one Sunday during the holiday season. That day, Brian and I went with the
children after the Sunday service to the center square, not simply to see
how Christmas is observed in L'viv. We passed out a few hundred tracts,
regretting that we had not taken more.
One of our many family traditions is shown in the two pictures above: we decorate a tree for Christmas, decorate our apartment with garland and gather the family around the tree to sing, pray and thank God for his great gift to man: Jesus Christ, and, of course, for the presents from relatives and friends in America.
Another family tradition: our home was always full of people during the Christmas holidays.
Christmas play at the Les' Kurbas Theater, 2004
Over the years of our service in L'viv, I had to combine several roles at the same time: organize and lead the Christmas and other children's holidays; author, direct, and produce plays; and both accompany and direct the children's choir.
Christmas play at the Greater Grace Сhurch, 2005 .
In August 2005, our 4th child was born, Emily. When fall began, she was frequently sick and, as a result, I was not able to prepare a large Christmas program with our church. Therefore, it was with joy that we accepted the invitation of our friends from the Greater Grace Church to participate in their children's Christmas program. Our children, Hannah, David and Jonathan, sang in Ukrainian about the Christmas star.
Christmas play at the Les' Kurbas theater, 2006
This Christmas evening differed from previous ones in a few important details: for the Christmas sermon, my husband Brian preached in Ukrainian to everyone's amazement and excitement; our children took the 'leading' parts in the Christmas play for the first time; and we had the great blessing of our guests, children from the Greater Grace Church attending and taken part in a joint activity.
Participants of the Christmas program at its conclusion.