Friday, 2 January 2009

Our Christmas Letter 2008

More Than Ever . . .
Peace On Earth!

It seems this year, more than ever, we’ve been thinking about “peace on earth.”—not just as one of the traditional beauty-queen aspirations—but the real thing, lasting peace on earth—a peace that extends beyond borders and cultures, a peace only available in Christ! With the potential for Mike’s brother Scott and perhaps nephew Bailey to be stationed in warzones very soon, with more and more cities we travel to regularly being terrorized and bombed, with dear friends in several countries suffering persecution—even unto death—it has been a thought that has occupied our minds with great consistency!

Thankfully, even though the world crumbles a bit daily, there is peace to be had on earth! And we are so thankful for the peace that passeth all understanding (Phil 4:7). And we are thankful for the time to set aside at Christmas and recall it was Christ who made provision for that peace—for us to be reconciled to our Maker!!

I have to confess though, the reality of this occasionally gets crowded from the heart when one considers Pakistan has nuclear weapons-enough in itself to generate a multitude of sleepless nights— or that it’s time to nominate a new supreme court justice—is there anybody out there?!… and what about those billions-I’ve been wondering...from where do they come? ;) With this & lots more to think about, daily we have begun to appreciate and experience the peace of “being hid in Christ.” —regardless of circumstances— tucked away in safety until His return or until we are resurrected with Him on that Great Day! Hid in Christ-truly the only real living peace! Until then, we do our part!

It’s been a year of blessing and loss—both Nannie & Mom-Louise went to heaven & we are missing them! In the work, it’s been exciting to see the opportunities in China and Australia multiplying. Cambodia remains a wide open door to the orphanage which we hope to call Timothy House as soon as we get through the red tape! Mike is working on his 4th book—it’s on Spiritual Warfare. I am so thankful to be well and busy at work too!

Here’s hoping for you that wonderful peace on earth! Have a great 2009!