It is the season of Advent.  This is the first season of the Christian church year; the four weeks prior to and leading us into the Christmas celebration!  The air is fresh with new beginnings.  We eagerly anticipate celebrating the birth of Jesus with family and friends.  Our traditions are rich and significant- filled with foods… aromas… gifts… colors… music.
For many of us, we will travel to be with those we love to celebrate this season.  But there will be many others who will leave their family to travel around the world to find employment here in Smoky Mountain area.  Our staff and volunteers are eagerly awaiting the “advent” of students- to welcome them into our homes, to journey with them as they navigate life in the United States, and to share the hope and love that was sent by God at Christmastime.
From our home to yours, Merry Christmas!