In the wilderness of
The missionaries, both white and native families moved from a town in
Life was hard in Schoenbrunn. Cabins were quickly made and community gardens were planted that
They didn’t have time to build a fence to keep out varments and the first
The village council was led by David Zeisberger and including white Moravians and Lenape converts. The rules for the village were established by the Lenape Christians. These missionaries did not consider the native converts to be beneath them but instead brothers in Christ.
After a year and a half in Schoenbrunn, the villagers were excited to celebrate their first Christmas. They had many traditions that we still use today. They would have a candlelight Christmas Eve service called a Lovefeast. During this service, they sang Christmas hymns, shared sweet rolls and coffee together, and prayed for each other. The service concluded when they gave each child a bleached beeswax candle and a scripture to hang on their trees at home. The white candle symbolized the purity of Christ and the flame showed that Jesus is the light of the world. A red ribbon would be wrapped around the candle to symbolize how Jesus shed His blood for a lost world.
A Christmas Promise:
During colonial times, John and Anna settle in an
village to become Moravian missionaries
to the Lenape. When John is called away to help at another settlement two days
before Christmas, he promises he’ll be back by Christmas Day. Ohio
When he doesn’t show up, Anna works hard to not fear the worst while she provides her children with a traditional Moravian Christmas.
Through it all, she discovers a Christmas promise that will give her the peace she craves.
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TAMERA LYNN KRAFT has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in
because there are so many
adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two
grown children, and lives in America . Akron,
Tamera is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She has curriculum published and is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.
You can contact Tamera online at these sites.
Word Sharpeners Blog: http://tameralynnkraft.com
Revival Fire For Kids Blog: http://revivalfire4kids.com
Adventures in American History: http://tameralynnkraft.blogspot.com
Lena Dooley is on Word Sharpeners today for the Christmas Blog Hop at this link and is giving away a copy of her Christmas novel, 24 Christmases.
I will give away a digital copy of A Christmas Promise. The Moravians lived a life of giving. To enter the drawing, comment on this post about a charity or ministry doing something special for Christmas.
Click this link (http://wordsharpeners.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/christmas-blog-hop-this-week-129-1214) to hear about how I’m also giving away a Shoenbrunn Christmas Ornament and a copy of my books.