Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas 2011

Despite the fact that it was taken before all the gifts were placed underneath, this picture will serve as a reminder of Christmas 2011 & will also help us remember what an evergreen Christmas tree looks like...  It's not beyond the realm of possibility that we will only have a small palm tree to decorate for the next two years.  But, one thing I am sure of, our hearts will be with our family.

In the meantime, we are hoping that the election difficulties in Kinshasa will abate in time for us to leave the MTC and fly there on our scheduled February 20th date.  The Mission President & his wife, as well as the six pair of Senior Missionary couples were evacuated almost four weeks ago and flown down to Johannesburg, South Africa.  They have been trying to coordinate as much of the work as possible from afar, but it is not easy to do and they are very anxious to return to Kinshasa.

Regardless of the situation at this time, there is not the slightest doubt in my mind that there will be slow and steady progress in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  God's hand is over Africa and we believe that He has prepared the people of the DR Congo in a very special way to receive His most precious blessings.  We can't wait to finally get there and be part of that exciting experience.

As we consider the little baby, born in humble circumstances, though He was the son of God, we pray that we may all feel the love which our Savior, Jesus Christ has for us.  We hope that all who read this will feel the peace & joy of Christmas truly celebrated & keep those blessings throughout the year.