I love this time of year…first there’s Thanksgiving, then Christmas and finally New Year’s Day! Each holiday is different, but each one helps me turn my thoughts to God; what he has done, is doing and will do in my life. I hope and pray that as each year passes I am better at recognizing the gifts God has given me and then presenting those gifts back to him.
This year I have approached the holidays with a different perspective than normal. This new perspective comes from the fact that the next time I will possibly be at home with my family for the holidays is in 2016. Even that is dependent on how God leads me in the next two years.
As I have pondered this truth it has made me all the more grateful to have this time with my family. I would encourage you to enjoy your holiday celebrations with the same gratefulness! Each moment that God has given us is precious and if God has blessed you with family and friends don’t take those relationships for granted.
It’s hard to believe that 2013 will soon give way to a new year. I hope that throughout this year you have had chances to grow and mature in your walk with God. I am looking forward to all that God has in store to teach me in the coming year. There will be so many new things in my life in 2014! It is exciting, but also a little scary.
Earlier this year one of my partners reminded of God’s command to Joshua to be “strong and courageous.” He says it four times in chapter one alone. He knows how easy it is for us to lose sight of him and get caught up in our fears, but when we look to him and remember his promises we are given the power we need to be strong and courageous. Let’s live our lives in His strength this year!
Sharing out of Poverty – He’s only six, but he said, “I have enough to share.”
One day little Ouseynou told us not to give money to our littlest t boys if they needed help because they happened to be short on their quotas for the day. Ouseynou said he had it covered. We asked him what he meant and he said, “I have enough to share and I want to help them.”
What a joy it was to all of us to hear that this little boy, who has nothing but his begging can and flip-flops, cares so much for the littler ones! And this has now become a daily occurrence on Ouseynou’s part.
We are humbled and encouraged by such a selfless act by one of these terribly neglected and mistreated children of Senegal. That such generosity can come out of such a miserable life could be a wonder, or it could be a testimony to the transforming power of the love of Christ and God’s word.
(Shared with permission from Dave and Denise McCarthy’s 2010 newsletter)
I am so excited to share with you how God has been moving since I last wrote to you! It has been such an encouragement and blessing to see my support levels continue to rise and to know it is only a result of God’s goodness.
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In January and February I hope to finish up meeting with friends and churches. Also, in January I will be attending my final training with World Venture at their headquarters in Littleton, Colorado! I am excited to see how God will bring all the final pieces of the amazing journey together in the next few months. If you haven’t gotten to visit with me in person about my plans I would love to get together with you, just give me a call or email me and we can set up a time to get together!
Thank you for your prayers!