Joseph & Mary's journey to Bethlehem was begun by an oppressive occupying king who wanted to more efficiently tax his people. However, their journey took them along the same route that Abraham, Jacob, & others had trod on their journeys with God. And their journey would end with the birth of a new Kingdom.
Susie & Jerry Bacon
The Birth of Jesus
2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
Debbie & Steve
Steve and Debbie have been a part of English Lake since 2011 and involved in leadership since 2015. They were married in 2005 and have 2 daughters. They are on staff part time and use much of that time doing office administration, community and global outreach, and partnership development.