Christmas Eve Day Reflections

Our neighbors next door have a pig tied up they bought from market for their Christmas feast.....

roosters crow......

Christmas music can be heard outside....

the sound of two-stroke tricabs is less today......

there seems to be a bit less street activity today.........

even though it is still noisy outside it still seems a bit quieter today -

a time to reflect on the love of God our Father for sending His only Son Jesus Christ into the world for save us from our sins so that we can one day spend all eternity with Him!!!!

"O come, Let us adore Him!"

King David

Ben loves to play pretend.

Recently he received 'Army pants' from one of his Aunts and an army vest from a friend here.

In Kindergarten they've been learning about King David. For years I've been praying over Ben that he will grow to be a man after God's own heart like King David; a strong warrior and a tender hearted man. Ben is showing signs of both as he grows and develops.

So it was fun to see him playing "Army" - as in commando and yet he was King David!!! (Really, he has a sucker in his mouth, not a cig!!!)

Family Photo

Hi, Thought I'd share a more recent photo of us as a family!
Mikayla has really gotten tall this past year.
Kirsten and Ben have each added an additional inch or two in height also.

We've been through many changes this past year and we thank God for all our friends and family supporting us to be here!

Kurt and I really enjoy our work here. The kids are thriving and doing well. We thank God for His blessings. May all we do and say be to His Glory!

Blessings to each of you at this holiday time!

Kirsten's Photography

Kirsten loves to take photos. She has an artistic flair for pictures. I love to see how she captures the light, mood, etc....Enjoy the following sampling of her pictures.

We may have to get her her own camera some day!!!
(Below are photos we've taken of her!!!)

Men's Retreat for Missionaries

This past weekend I had the opportunity to go on a men's retreat with my missionary co-workers. The theme of the retreat was courage. It was very refreshing in every way. We had four in-depth devotional sessions on the theme of courage and what that means for a Christian man. We had excellent fellowship with one another, great food, and a little adventure to boot.

The retreat was held at a cabin about 1.5 hours by car away at an elevation of about 4000 feet. That meant that it was cool, which was quite a refreshing change for us since in the city we are at sea level. In fact, I neglected to pack my jacket mostly because I had trouble imagining that it could/would get cool enough for me to need it!

Here we are starting out on our Saturday morning hike to a cave. This was the easy part of the hike.

This is the entrance of the main cave that we visited.

The cave had an underground river running through it.

Sitting down for some great food and good conversation.

A devotional session during one of the evenings.

A large beetle that I was trying to pick up. He would latch his legs onto the material so well that I couldn't get him into my hand.