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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Happy Thanksgiving Dear Family and Friends!
We LOVE this time of year…for us, we have snow already which is even more special. It just seems to make the season complete somehow. Then there’s the baking of pies and cookies, the preparations for a huge meal with friends and family…turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes, various vegetables, and in our house…countless ‘snack’ items to get us ready for the meal! It’s just a great time of fellowship and giving thanks for our many blessings over the past year.
And what does God’s Word say about ‘thanksgiving’? There aren’t enough pages or hours to share in depth; however, we’d like to share just a few things we found to remind us of how to give thanks! In Leviticus, we see ‘physical’ offerings given in thanks to God for His countless blessings. The Psalms are filled with numerous exaltations to give thanks with joy, shouts of joy, in song, with all our heart, with praise and glory for Him only….you can picture an endless parade of worshipers giving thanks in ‘all’ things to Him who is so worthy.
What are ‘we’ thankful for? YOU! Each one of you; who so faithfully lifts us in prayer, sends us emails with words of encouragement and love, and financial support for the work we have been given. We are so blessed! THANK YOU
Giving Thanks with Joy,
Kevin & Laura
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Men Coming Together:
Exciting news….Kevin and a fellow co-worker began a men’s ‘work’ this past month. The first meeting was held in the city in conjunction with an existing fellowship. Kevin and the leaders felt this would be a great introduction to the themes they intend to work through with the men. To say it was a success does not come close to the response from the men who attended! They are working through issues that are incredibly difficult…forgiveness, how to be leaders in their homes, how to be Godly men. Kevin has come back from each meeting so encouraged because of the participation and the openness to begin working through the issues. PLEASE keep these men in your prayers…these steps are HUGE and will take a LOT of time.
WOW (Windows of Warmth)
This project has definitely not been forgotten…the other projects had to been done in the warmer weather; windows can be out in, in a day... even in our ‘cooler’ fall temperatures. We’ve been able to put in one new window and will put in another set by the reading of this newsletter.( There are other potential recipients; we pray time and weather will remain on our side.) One of the recipients is a woman from the fellowship. This woman’s kitchen windows were taped together in pieces and only one layer instead of the needed two. (Can you imagine one pane of glass between you and -40 degree temperatures?) She’s in her 60’s and works at least two jobs to support her family. (Her husband is an invalid- from drinking, her oldest son recently died from drinking, and she always has grandchildren who need some type of care!) No matter how little she may have, if she hears of a need…she’ll find a way to fill it! She’s a wonderful example of His love and caring for others. It’s wonderful to see her on the receiving end of such a gift that will last a long time.
What Happens When People Pray:
“The Prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:16 Over the last several weeks, there have been incredible examples of giving to others among those attending in the village. So often it has been ALL about THEIR needs first and about how poor they are. We see them giving out of what very little they have and doing it JOYFULLY!! This of course is a result of your faithful prayers!!! Thank you….it’s these little victories that keep us going when: the weather turns cold again, the two hour drive (90 mi) is long and bumpy, and things that should take a few hours take a day or more!! We’re so grateful to be a part of this for this ‘season.’
“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.” Luke 2:10
- Growth in the fellowship
- Seeing JOY in action (Jesus,Others,You)
- Men’s group
- His provisions for our needs
- Keeping our focus on Him first!
- That more would ‘hear’ and ‘come’