Whiter Than Snow
Christmas celebrations mainly
consisted of a simple family
celebration of Christ’s birth. O n Christmas
Day, a special service was held in the village
church nearby. Ghanaians—especially
believers—are joyful, expressive people, and
there was always much singing, clapping,
drumming, and dancing at their celebrations.
As a child, I would sing, clap, and dance too!
Ingenuity was a necessity on the mission
field. One year my mom—always energetic
I had the privilege of growing
up on the mission field in
Ghana, West Africa, and our
whiter than snow’ through our faith in
the Son of God, our Lord Jesus
May God give us His grace, as
parents and grandparents, to teach our
families the true purpose and joy of
the Christmas season. Rejoice! The
King is born!
– Donna Rees
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and creative—wrote and directed a
Christmas play for the MKs (“missionary
kids”). I particularly remember her clever
use of the rims of tin pie pans (which were
from America and had been carefully saved,
as was anything that could possibly be used
again) to make haloes for the angels.
Two gifts received during my childhood
still hold a special place in my heart. One
year my father bought each of his three
daughters a small ebony jewelry box inlaid
with ivory. I still have that gift from Daddy.
And when I was 5, my sweet mother made
an entire collection of doll clothes for my
favorite doll, Betsy. I couldn’t figure out
how “Santa Claus” had managed to provide
doll clothes that exactly matched outfits that
my mother had made for me that year . . .
I asked my parents if they could remind
me of any special Christmas memories that
I might have forgotten. Among their
comments was this statement: “We soon
learned that ‘Christmas’ was not snow and
presents and Santa Claus, but rather a time
of rejoicing because we had been ‘washed
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