At 11:45 p.m. our family and a lady from church headed to the town square.
Many people had gathered in anticipation of fireworks.
We were not disappointed.
Fireworks are so beautiful and festive!
We took a different way for our short 10 minute walk back to our apartment.
Since we passed a small park, the kids asked to stop and play.
They had a blast!
(probably because playing at the park in the middle of the night is more fun than being in bed)
While we were at the town square, we saw many people who were drinking and those who were already completely drunk making fools of themselves. My heart broke and I was reminded why we are here....to be a light in the midst of darkness. To bring hope where there is hopelessness. To show Christ's love to people who are hurting. It's a big job and we have a lot of work to do. "Brethren, pray for us".
Of course, Sunday was church! Many of our people were out of town or busy due to the holiday. Personally, I can't think of a better way to start the new year than in church.