Wednesday, December 31, 2008

December Update

Prayer Partners,
Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And blessing to each of you as you encounter the Son of God today and throughout the new year. Here is an update as to what I’ve been doing over the past month. As for classes, I’ve had the month off. I have, however, stopped learning Spanish. I continue to work on my Spanish by using what I already know with others, by reading out loud Scripture in Spanish, and by reading Spanish translations of John Piper’s books God is the Gospel and The Supremacy of God in Preaching.

The past month has been quite eventful. I have been to a coffee factory. I went hiking in the mountains with some friends. Two of the children in my tico family had birthdays, so there was a joint birthday party with piñatas, cotton candy, one of those air-filled things for kids to bounce around in, a clown, balloon animals, games, etc. I spent Christmas day with several other missionary families. The weekend after Christmas, I went camping in the mountains with my tico family. (There was fishing, hiking, horseback riding, quetzals, wild blackberry picking, and all kinds of fun stuff). Yesterday, I went to a bullfight with some of the guys. It has been a good break from classes, a time of rest and relaxation, and a lot of learning about Costa Rican culture.

Classes at the language institute start up in about two weeks. I am looking forward to learning more Spanish and hope to learn the language well. There are many people who need to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. I long to be able to clearly communicate the gospel in Spanish so that those who walk in darkness would see the light of the gospel in the face of Christ.

Thank you for your prayers and your gifts through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Please continue to prayer for language learning and for opportunities to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others. Your prayers are needed and appreciated. I hope you each had a great Christmas and have a wonderful new year. I look forward to see what God is going to do for the sake of His Name in 2009. May His grace be with you all!

To the Glory of God,


For from the rising of the sun to its setting
My Name will be great among the nations,
And in every place incense will be offered to My Name,
And a pure offering.
For My Name will be great among the nations,
Says the LORD of hosts.
Malachi 1:11

Thursday, December 25, 2008

¡Feliz Navidad!

Isaiah 9:2, 6
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;

Those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shined. . .

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;

And the government shall be upon his shoulder,
And his name shall be called:
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas! As we celebrate Jesus' birth let us not forget his death and resurrection. Let us not forget that there are many people in the world who are still grope around in darkness. May we all this Christmas season and throughout the new year faithfully share the good news of the Child who was born, who is indeed Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. For it is this Son who was given that bore the wrath of God on the cross for all who believe, rose again the third day, ascended into heaven, and is coming again to judge the living and the dead. As we faithfully proclaim the gospel and as God opens the eyes of the blind, may those who walk in darkness see a great light!

Merry Christmas!