Walk-Thru Bethlehem

A church in town, Open Door, puts on a “Walk Thru Bethlehem” for three evenings in December. This is their second year, and they contacted us to see if we could do music one evening. While people wait to be taken on their tour of “Bethlehem,” they sit in the sanctuary and listen to music. So, our Maxwell Group (MG) had about an hour and a half on Saturday evening to share through music and testimony. The MG had worked extremely hard over the last few weeks arranging songs, practicing, and more practicing as we didn’t have any Christmas music that we normally play. I am very partial to their music myself.

The night arrived, and we wanted to experience the walk thru before music. I wasn’t expecting anything very big, but I was completely shocked by it all. It really felt like a scene in the Bible times. We had a guide, Benjamin, someone we’ve known for many years, who did an excellent job of being very real-to-the time while taking us through the city of Bethlehem. Every single part was stunningly well done. If you’re in the Kansas City area next year, you really should plan to attend the Walk Thru Bethlehem.

So, about 6:30, the MG was up. It was a delightful thing to listen to them share through beautifully arranged songs and personal testimonies. Abby even joined her aunts and uncles singing Silent Night. Our whole family was there, including the married brothers, and Grandad and GiGi.

I have to say that my favorite spot was in the back of the sanctuary. I could observe those listening, and the MG was a well-appreciated group. We were grateful for the opportunity to share with those the Lord brought!

Afterward, Christopher and Anna Marie had us over for snacks. It was a delightful time of talking about the evening!

Christmas is a special time of the year, but may we all remember to lift those up in prayer who are hurting: those who have lost a loved one, who are experiencing major trials, who are facing health challenges, and so much more.


Abby sang "Silent Night", and Mary sang lead. I guess Anna was Abby's emotional support.

Cute Rice Krispy treats.

Our friend, Jonathan D. from Idaho, has been out. He had some business in Nebraska, and he was with us up in Omaha, and also Saturday.

The two John's enjoying floats!

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

11 thoughts on “Walk-Thru Bethlehem”

  1. I love live dramas of the Christmas stories played out. One of my dreams is to spend Christmas in the Holy Lands and participate in the celebrations there. What a blessing it is that you were able to participate, enjoy and bless others during this time of the year.



  2. What a delightful evening. That was kind of Christopher and AnnaMarie to have you over. We love having people at our house. We’ve had a blessed year, but it’s definitely been a year of growth! We do have friends who are hurting right now, and we’ve been lifting them up in prayer.

    The rice krispies are so cute! That’s one of our favorite treats (especially Dad. He really likes the homemade!)! Your hair looks nice up, Anna Marie, but I think it’s very pretty when it’s down.

    Hope you are having a blessed Christmas season!

    God bless! Rebecca K.

  3. Sounds like a wonderful evening for everyone. We’re going to a similar event here in town tonight. It’s been encouraging to see all the people lined up to go in the last 2 days (it’s only open for 3 days.)

    Good to see Jonathan D. I have lost Linda D.’s email, would be be OK if I emailed a greeting to her through you to forward on for me?

    Blessings, Mrs. Mari
    Not a problem.
    God bless.

  4. Walk-Thru Bethlehem sounds like a great way to remind the public that Jesus is the reason for the season! I’m going to be singing with Mom’s church choir on Christmas Eve. That will be fun.

  5. I decided after reading your post to research our area for such a production. We are fairly new to our home, 1 yr., so I’m not familiar with the traditions here just yet. I just found out that there was the same such production in our area last weekend and we missed it. I have already put on my calendar to start looking forward to it after Thanksgiving next year.

    Thanks for another great idea.

  6. Thank you so much for your encouraging blog and ministry! It has been such a blessing to me. And thank you Sarah for being such a great example of a godly and productive daughter at home and for writing the Moody series. It’s such a blessing to have wholesome books available for little ones. (Philippians 4:8)

  7. It sounds like you had a nice time. Speaking of Christmas, have you taken your family portrait yet? I always think the girl’s matching dresses look lovely!
    Funny you should say that. This year we are going to use a group shot while we were in Colorado. Sorry it won’t be the matching dresses this year.

  8. The evening looks really great from the photos. Local churches each year do a very similar event nearby to where we live & we have been really blessed to be able to make the evening a Christmas tradition for a couple of years running! The event organisers sure put in alot of work don’t they!! It really helps to imagine the time & the culture that our Lord was born into!

  9. I have seen several time on your blog about sharing testimony. What exactly is this?
    It is sharing a bit of our personal experience with a relationship with Jesus Christ. What is the reality of a walk with the Savior? How good He is and faithful.
    Does that help?

  10. The photo of Anna and Abby is just beautiful. My own nieces and, now, great nieces are dear to me. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas to you all.

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