A Christmas tradition paves the way for ministry.

By December 25, 2003

Brazil (MNN)–Like many other countries, Brazilians put up their Christmas tree at the beginning of December. Among their other traditions, they also have a Christmas Eve Dinner called “V├ęspera do Natal” with typical foods; “rabanadas” (toast bread with milk, eggs, sugar, and cinnamon on top), pork roast, turkey, rice, walnuts, paneton (Christmas cake).

They gather together at midnight to have a Christmas Eve service, and when the service is over, they go from house to house to have fellowship and celebrate with their family and friends.

A Brazilian Christmas tradition is to play the “mystery or secret friend”. A random exchange of names results in a gift from an unknown person until a final revelation.

In that tradition, the International Bible Society reminds believers of the revelation of Christ’s love through their many projects.

IBS ministers in partnership with organizations that provide street children shelter, food and care. In the Christmas season and beyond, they will also continue ministering to prisoners, and offering Bible training for believers.

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