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Celebration of Christmas Hope at FAIBC


The First Asian Indian Baptist Church of Metro Atlanta celebrated “Christmas Hope” at its Marietta premises on December 25th. The attendees at the event represented the cross-section of the Atlanta Indian and Pakistani communities, making this a truly multi-cultural event. This was the 16th year of celebrations for the church.

“The hope of Christmas is real, far beyond any gifts,” said Pastor Younis Farhat, in his message. “It strengthens our hearts.”

He said, even while going through troubled times, a good Christian never loses faith in God, and keeps the flame of hope burning.

The cheer filled celebrations also included some fine gospel music and special tributes by Johnson Macdonal, Dr. Lakshmi Rao and others. Sharoon Farhat led the worship in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi. Children participated in singing joyous praise to the Lord.

Macdonal’s music CD, “Cheeday Haath” (Pierced Hands) was released on the occasion by chief guests Dr. Gulbarg Singh Basi and Akhtar Sadiq, who represented the Sikh and Muslim communities at the service.

A musical tribute to Jesus Christ, “Cheeday Haath”, which is also produced by Macdonl, has Bollywood’s leading playback singer Alka Yagnik on the tracks.

“The CD has beautiful music, and fantastic orchestration,” said Atlanta singer Dr. Lakshmi Rao. “Johnson (Macdonal) is a very talented singer.”

The highlight of the day’s service was the palpable excitement in children as Santa Claus brought them gifts. Lakshmi Rao’s two-year-old granddaughter Violet Schroer was thrilled with her stuffed angel, as were the other kids who were seen smiling with joy. Their happiness was certainly infectious and pervaded through the gathering.

As is the annual tradition, the attendees were treated to a sumptuous lunch after the service. 

“Our annual Christmas celebrations are for all communities,” said Pastor Farhat. “People from different faiths and backgrounds are represented at this event. That is the true message of Christmas.”

He added that the purpose of the celebrations was to foster harmony, understanding and cooperation amongst different communities.

“I am thankful for everybody’s presence,” he said.  


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