Here we are at the end of another year. We have just celebrated our fourth Christmas in Malawi and we are thankful for so many things. Recently we shared some prayer requests with you. We wanted to update you on those things and give a few more.
1. There has been much media coverage of the death of Mandela, but there are a lot of real South Africans for whom the maintenance of peace of that country is a need. We are also much more aware of conflict in other parts of Africa: South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Nigeria, etc. The Gospel IS exploding on the African continent, but there are still so many obstacles and barriers! Pray for the Church and Her work here.
2 and 3. Laurie Johnstone’s brother Gareth and Ashley Henderson both received kidney transplants (Gareth also received a pancreas, which we didn’t know before). Give great praise that they are both doing well, though there is still a road to recovery. Also pray for Gareth as his parents are there with him, but medical costs are still a major concern.
4. Please continue to pray for the families and the community on the death of the three Young Life workers we mentioned.
5. Brian’s STA interview went well in spite of technical difficulties. Please continue to pray for us as he looks for a job that will use his gifts and support our family.
6. Our school Christmas program went well. One never knows what seeds are planted. Pray for God to continue to work.
On another note… As the year is drawing to a close, we would like to make you aware of some year-end giving opportunities. We have begun to look for one-way tickets to come back to the States. This will begin at just over $5,000.00 before taxes and extra baggage are added. We have also registered for Mission Training International’s October session of Debriefing and Renewal. We have been strongly encouraged by many missionaries both currently on and off the field that this needs to be a priority for us when we get back. There are age appropriate sessions for the each member of the family that will help us to not only process our time abroad but also help facilitate our “re-entry” to our home culture. This week long session will be about $3000.00 total for the five of us. The total payment is due two weeks before the session begins. (You can find out more about it here: http://www.mti.org/programs/DAR). Lastly, it will take about $400-$500 for me to renew and or reapply for my teaching certificate.
Scharlie and I thank you and give praise and thanks to God for the amazing care He as taken of us over these 3 ½ years!
May the Lord bless you and keep you in the New Year!
Grace and Peace,
Brian, Scharlie, Gwen, Samuel and Nathan
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