(Written by Mary.)
Happy New Year, dear friends!
2016 was full of surprises, blessings, and challenges. I am curious and excited about what this coming year will hold.
January is a special month for our family. It was on January 1st, 2014 that Ben proposed to me. In 2016, we met the recruiter for Word Made Flesh, we started going to the Church we are now so blessed to be members of, and little Joya's life began all in the month of January.
Now our beautiful little girl is almost three months old. Ben is an EMT. I officially have my Masters in Linguistics. And we have the funds for our Romania training trip as well as half of our monthly support for Papua New Guinea raised ($1,500 to go). God has been kind to us in a multitude of ways.
I know last year was very hard for many though. We continue to grieve with our dear friends who lost there son/brother in June. We seek God's grace and ministry on marriages that are struggling. We ask God's healing for those who have been battling illness. We pray for God's hand on our nation and our president as many are divided and fearful over his coming term. And we confess that we have not done all we might have to alleviate suffering. May we serve God and man with greater love in this coming year.
Thank you to all of you who have ministered to us. I cannot count how many times this last year we have thanked God for the gift of good friends and sound counsel. It has been humbling to know our need. Grace is easy to talk about, difficult to receive.
I mentioned before that we no longer have a set date for our departure overseas. That is still the case, but we have seen God's hand at work preparing us to go soon. With that in mind, we are gathering the supplies we will need, raising funds and prayer support, and putting everything in order so that when He says go, we can go.
May your new year be blessed, and may God give you opportunities to adventure with Him!
With love and gratitude,