I finished two articles for the BCM World. Brian is now putting the magazine together and it will be published within the next week or two.
Our church put on its 9th Annual Living Christmas Village:
The kid’s area kind of dictates the theme throughout and this year, they chose Christmas in Hawaii! It was very pretty and definitely a change from the norm. As usual, there was great music in the sanctuary and lots of free cookies and cocoa in The Hub. A great addition was having the Gospel clearly presented out at the Nativity scene by two of our pastors.
Saturday, good friends watched our kids for the afternoon and evening so Brian and I could both volunteer. Brian is always the head sound guy; I help with seating and getting people through the tour (part of the event is a play and we allow in 50-70 people at a time). This year I was the doorkeeper to the entrance to the play and got to personally greet about 950 people! Sunday was even bigger; we estimate well over 2000 came through the Village this year. Which means that all 2000 clearly heard the Gospel!
Before we headed out to the Village on Saturday, though, Brian thought he would sit in the woods for a few hours and see what would happen. I got an excited text at 8:30 saying, “I think I got my doe!” About an hour later, he came home to collect Big J, our hunter enthusiast, so he could see the deer and help him drag it home:
Another friend came out today to help Brian process it since this is his first deer. We are ecstatic about the freezer of meat this provides our family! So proud of Brian!
We welcomed a new long-term family to MRF this past week. Our daughter has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the 8 year old girl. She kindly left a note welcoming her to MRF and introducing herself. We tucked another note in their door on Friday about Christmas Village since they weren’t home. Sunday after church, E was floored to find a note in response tucked into our door! We got to meet them Sunday afternoon and found out their little girl had been praying for a friend during their time here, so this is obviously a gift from the Lord.
Lastly, I came home to find this in the mail today:
This is the end result of hours of work for Brian. He poured through thousands of pictures, I sent multiple emails around the world asking for more pictures, he designed and compiled and edited, I wrote the text and he slashed it in half (haha), and this is the result! If you have supported a BCM missionary or the ministry in the past, it should be arriving in your mailboxes soon. If you do not receive one and would like one, drop us a note and we’ll be sure to get you one! They really turned out very nice.
On our agenda now:
- Christmas Shopping in our Kidz Konnect Store on Wednesday night
- Annual MRF Christmas Banquet on Friday
- I teach Sunday School this month
- Brian will be completing the BCM World and getting it online
- Kids’ Christmas concert at school next week
- And the big one…. A trip to Florida to visit my parents for Christmas!