My semester at KCU is now over. I am back at home in Rittman where Jeanie and I are planning a Christmas trip to visit Susy and Brian at their new home in Maine. I have about three more weeks before I head back to Colombia to resume my work in the Lord’s Kingdom there. So this is a bit of time for my “honey do” list, and for just relaxing a bit before heading back to the heavy work load I carry while in Colombia. It is a time to enjoy friends and family and be appreciative for all the blessings the Lord has poured out upon me over this past year. There are so many things to be thankful for at this Christmas time.

I am especially thankful that Jeanie’s cancer treatment is over and from every indication it was successful as she is doing very well. I am blessed to have three fine children and two great sons-in-law. I am thankful for the privilege of teaching at Kentucky Christian University this fall semester as Missionary-in-Residence. It was again a privilege and an honor and I was blessed to serve with so many gifted Biblical leaders and scholars in our brotherhood. I am blessed to have been privileged to serve in the Lord’s work in Colombia with so many great Colombian leaders and Christians and with some fine missionary co-workers. Finally, God has blessed us with so many great team members in all of you who have supported us so faithfully over all of these forty years of missionary ministry. I have been blessed with good health and stamina for the work to which the Lord has called me. There are so many things for which to be thankful!

But at Christmas time I must pause and thank God for the greatest gift of all: His Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. As one who was and is so in need of redemption and salvation, it is only through the sacrifice of Jesus that we can all out “ABBA” “Father” to God. It was the work of the Holy Spirit in me that has given me the ability to accomplish a few meager things in this life in light of my lack of abilities and many personal shortcomings. I never fail to stand in amazement at how God uses such a weak and flawed individual as myself. Yet God in His love, sent his one and only Son to die for me-and for you; and that is why we celebrate His birth to this very day. Thank you Lord, and Thanks to each and every one of you.

So, from me and my family, we wish for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for each and every one of you. God bless!