We hope you are finding peace and joy in the midst of the busyness of the holiday season as you prepare for Christmas! No matter what day Christ was actually born, this is a good time to remember Christ sacrifice for us and His gift of life for all that ask.
In Isaiah 55:12, we are told we “shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace….”
Romans 14:17-19 tells us the “the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he that serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.” Paul goes on to say in Romans 15:13, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
David in the often-quoted Psalms 23 tells us that even if we are walking through the valley of the shadow of death we can be comforted. He goes on to say we can enjoy a feast in the presence of our enemies. No matter what you are experiencing in your life or the loved ones around you, He promises we can take hold of His peace and His joy and continue to have hope.
Lorrie and I just returned from the Philippines this past week. We met formally and informally with many people while we were on Catanduanes. There was a general feeling of hope and expectation for the new school year that will began in June 2019. In addition to the academic classes, plans are being made for a tailoring class this coming year and potentially other skill training.
Currently, livelihood projects are being developed and are beginning to produce. We enjoyed farm fresh eggs, pork from one of our pigs, crab and fish from the fish pond, and assorted vegetables. In addition to the projects, we were pleased to see the many improvements on the facility buildings and grounds.
As 2018 comes to an end, we invite you to partner with us as we partner with the Filipino people. Your financial gifts continue to help us make a difference in many people’s lives.
Nels, Lorrie, and Amy