Wrangling Together Cowboy Christmas

House of Faith held a first of its kind drive-in Christmas party this year at Old Ft. Concho, and the whole family got to take part in it! We had 12 Christmas parties over the course of the week, and families were able to RSVP for which day and time worked best for them. We saw a total of about 400 families come throughout the week!
When they arrived at the Fort, families first checked in to receive dinner and a family gift, and they were then led to the parking lot where there was a program that included Christmas music, games, a message with a blessing, a family picture, and individual gifts for each of the children and youth. This year for our younger kids, we also hosted Teddy Bear Mobile where the kids could watch their very own stuffed animal being made for them. As you can imagine, pulling this off in an effective and safe manner required an army of volunteers and resources!
Lots of logistics go into a party like this, such as making sure there are plenty of hot dogs and cookies for everyone, packing enough gifts for each age group, and having people to man all the other positions needed to make the parties a success.
While some may have thought we were “in over our heads,” our God is great at making a way when there seems to be no way. We were blessed with an amazing abundance of help from all over town, including a local church where we were able to bake over 3000 cookies quickly, students from several local campuses handing out food and gifts, a retiree who heard the music playing from over a mile away and simply felt called to help, and so many others that it would take a whole book to mention them all.
God rallied His people from all over San Angelo to make Cowboy Christmas happen, and we simply couldn’t have pulled such an event off without volunteers and support from the community! It was such a joy to see families singing together flashing their car lights to the tune of Angels We Have Heard on High, watching kids completely go nuts as they received a gift they loved, and just the reminder that Jesus is always in control, even in the craziest of times.
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Bailey Schmitz

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