This year Christmas was a little emotional for Evan and I because of the fact that it will be our last Christmas in the States for a while. The reality of leaving is starting to really sink in. We really enjoyed spending some precious time with our family and friends.
We have a few Christmas traditions that we have come to over the years that we both really enjoy. Including going to our church’s candelight Christmas Eve service, followed by our traditional Korean/Chinese food dinner. One of the things that we are so blessed by is that both my parents and Evan’s parents get along so well. Ever since we
were dating they have done holidays together. So for Christmas Eve Evan’s parents come to my parents house and then on Christmas Day everyone gathers at Evan’s House. Another great memory from this year was that it snowed! I was really praying for snow because I knew in tropical Papua New Guinea, we would not see snow for a while. So what a blessing it was when it began to snow Christmas Day! Another sweet treat was that Justin, Evan’s brother cooked Christmas dinner. He was an awesome cook and it really meant so much to us that he did that. We got so many great gifts, but more importantly just enjoyed being around our family. I hope your Christmas was just as great!
Traditional Korean food and Christmas Eve service.
My mom and I got matching Kindles.
Justin and Evan cooking the Christmas dinner this year!
Evan’s mom, Jane buried under all of her presents.
Evan’s brother Justin and his favorite saying..from us of course.
Check out our Christmas 2012 Newsletter!
“For God so loved the world, He gave…” Giving is at the heart of Christmas. We just want to thank all of you for your prayer and giving this past year.
There was a man in Zimbabwe named Gambarambi (Gahm-ba-rom-bee). He would sit by the side of the road, talking with people and smoking his hand-rolled cigarettes using newspaper and tobacco. There was a Bible translator who was translating the New Testament into Gambarambi’s language. He really wanted Gamabarmbi to have a New Testament. When he told Gambarambi this, Gambarambi told him that it probably wouldn’t be a good idea as he would tear the pages out and use them for his cigarettes. The translator was confused as to what he should do, as he knew that Gambarambi needed to read about Jesus. He didn’t however, relish the thought of the New Testament being used for cigarette paper. He prayed about it and came up with an agreement for Gambarambi.
He told Gambarambi that he would give him a New Testament and he could use the pages to use for cigarette paper BUT he needed to read the pages first! Sensing a good source of cigarette paper, Gambarambi agreed.
15 years later, the scene is at a United Bible Society Meeting in Zimbabwe and up on the stage is Gambarmabi. As he looked over the audience, he spotted the translator who had made the agreement with him 15 years earlier. Gambarambi got up and told the audience of the agreement he had made with the translator. He said, “I smoked Matthew, I smoked Mark, I smoked Luke and I smoked John until I got to John 3:16 and then I could smoke no more!”
Now instead of smoking the Gospel, Gambarambi was preaching the Gospel.
God has blessed us so much over the past couple of months! Thanks to many people who donated furniture and their time, we were able to have two garage sales to sell all of our belongings. The total amount that we were able to raise was just over $4,000! Praise God! All of that money will go to our training in January and our plane ticket to Papua New Guinea.
Another way God has blessed us was by providing a fully furnished missionary house-and by fully furnished I don’t just mean furniture. I mean spices, food, pots, pans, shampoo, EVERYTHING we could possibly need. It is a 4 bedroom house that is specifically rented out to missionaries. We moved in last week and have been enjoying every minute of living here. We will be here for a little over 8 months as our new departure date will be in August 2013.
We’ve currently raised 52% of our monthly budget established by Wycliffe, which means we are cleared to go to training in January in North Carolina! Unfortunately we still can’t go to Papua New Guinea until we’re at 100%. Would you consider partnering with us financially at whatever level you’re able to give so that people like Gambarambi can hear the word and tell others about it?
Our goal date to leave for Papua New Guinea is August 2013.
Our parents and family and their transition.
Evan and his last day working at his job at Poly-America on December 22nd.
Our training in North Carolina from January 22nd-February 22nd.
That we will find a loving home for our dog Layla.
The people of Papua New Guinea who have yet to hear the Word in their heart language.
The translators that are doing work there.