Faithful Man

We awoke today to an email announcing the death of a dear friend from our sending church, Walt Horning.
Though we do not grieve as those who have no hope (1 Thess. 4:13), still we grieve.
He and his wife Dorothy have been dear and faithful friends of ours, prayer warriors, and supporters for many years. I sang in the choir with both of them for many years. They faithfully volunteered with our mission organization for several months each year, going to another state to live while serving at one of the main centers. They spent a year in Papau New Guniea at a missionary school as teachers.
They greatly encouraged us in answering the call to missions when we felt God leading us to engage in full-time mission work.
We pray for God's comfort and peace for Dorothy and the rest of this family in this season of grief and loss. (Ecc. 3: 1 - 14)

Walt as Zechariah in our church's annual "Jesus Walk" celebration."

Walt always had the aroma of heaven beckoning him on. He exuded joy, praise, and exultation over the hope that he had in Jesus Christ. He had a wonderful sense of humor. He was compassionate, a hard-worker, a great mentor.

He will be sadly missed here on earth. It will be a great reunion in Heaven to see him again.

Orange Belt Received

Ben received his orange belt on Saturday at his karate class!
He is really enjoying karate!

Christmas Carol

The elementary kids recently performed a modern-day version of Dickens' "Christmas Carol".

Ben in the choir

Elementary choir

Thanksgiving Dinner Thanks

Our friends, Janet and Ruth, invited us to dinner at their home recently.

Janet - friend and teacher at Faith

Ruth - friend and teacher at Faith

As I looked through the pictures I became very grateful in my heart for friends who have helped, supported, encouraged, prayed for, listened to and have just 'been there' for us. At this time of year we are missing friends and relatives in the US but we are so grateful for the friends and 'extended family in Christ' we have here. Our world has widened and we are so thankful to God for all his blessings!

Ben, Mikayla, Kirsten, JR, Lani Lou, and Lori Ann have known
each other since shortly after we moved here.

Bebe and Alan - Bebe is our language and culture teacher,
a good friend, a sounding board for cultural questions. Alan
has been a language coach for Kurt and a friend.

Bebe and Alan loving on Jerard.

The meal was delicious!!!

Janet is a great cook!

Playing a Filipino party game.

Ruth has helped us with Jerard since we got him.

Philippians 1: 2-4 Grace to you and peace from God our
Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you
all making my prayer with joy,...

Christmas Decorating

Our family put up our tree this past Sunday.
It was a fun afternoon. Most of us are really missing our relatives, friends, and snow at this time of year! Come visit us!!!!

Our tree being decorated.

Our advent wreath.

Kirsten and Ben enjoying putting up ornaments.

Hmm....maybe they want to be presents!!!!

Mikayla trying to fix the lampshade that James had ripped.
I ended up sewing it back on.