“In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose interposed with an oath, in order that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have strong encouragement, we who have fled for refuge in laying hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil.” Hebrews 6: 17-19
Happy New Year! I can hardly believe we have entered yet another year, but here we are. Our WORD of the year for 2014 is ANCHOR. As Linda and I have thought about this word we discussed what an anchor is and the definition of its purpose. We typically think about boat anchors that are tossed out to hold a vessel in place. We have been focusing more on the fact that we need something in our lives that provides a firm foundation, something that provides stability. This passage in Hebrews says that the anchor of our soul is the hope set before us. That hope is Jesus. Throughout the year we want to focus on building our prayer lives, the way we interact with our family and coworkers and learning all we can about Jesus. Sharing with others by the way we live that He is the ANCHOR of our hope.
THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS
At Thanksgiving we had a wonderful time of food, fellowship and fun with Kalah, Zachary, and two of Zachary’s bachelor friends Andrew and DJ. Later in the day Daniel and Kelsey joined us as well. I can go no further in this letter without announcing that Daniel and Kelsey are engaged. Daniel proposed October 27th on the beach and she readily agreed to marry him. We are thrilled. We love Kelsey and look forward to getting to know her better as time goes by. On December 21st Kalah, Linda and I packed up Kalah’s car, “Lola” and headed North. We had some interesting weather adventures. Our first night we were in a hotel in Tennessee. At about 11 PM we got a phone call to go to the lowest floor as we were under a tornado warning. You meet interesting people in the middle of the night huddled together waiting out a storm. We traveled on the next morning and arrived at my (Tom) mother’s home in Crest Hill, IL. We spent a week with mom and two of my siblings. It was cold but we had a great time. I was able to help my mom install a wireless connection and a life alert system. On the 28th we headed to Warren, MI to spend time with Tom, Deena and Elsie. We spent four days and I can not put into words what that time meant to us. To talk “geek” with my son, eat Deena’s amazing cooking and hear my granddaughter say “papa”, just warmed my heart. Tom’s cat always wanted in my lap, which I did not mind cause he kept me warm. We headed next to Pennsylvania for three days with Linda’s family, a trip of eight hours. The trip ended up taking two days. After 13 hours of driving in a total whiteout we stopped for the night, and were able to make it in the next afternoon. We had picked up Linda’s youngest sister, Faith, as a surprise for her mother along the way. January 4th was a special day as it was the first time in 14 years Linda (who is the oldest of 6) and all her siblings were in the same room. We had a great day laughing, talking and sharing. It was a wonderful time for her parents and they shed many tears throughout the day. On the trip back to Florida we encountered a bit of an ice storm. We never take travel for granted and are grateful the Lord kept us safe. Although this was a quick trip for us, we are so thankful that we were able to go as our parents are aging and time with our granddaughter limited. God is so good
Tom, Deena and Elsie are doing well in the frozen north of Michigan. Tom and Deena both work with their church and Deena has a schedule that allows her plenty of mommy time with Elsie. We were impressed with their jobs, parenting and marriage. Kalah loves being a Kindergarten teacher at an area school. She keeps us laughing with all the antics of her children. Zachary is doing well at his job as a window washer and is taking classes at the area community college. He is doing well with balancing the sugar levels and recently informed us he feels a call to preach. Daniel moved out into his own apartment the first week of December and is busy with work, preparation for marriage and entrance into the police academy. He begins academy on April 6. They have not set an official wedding date yet, however, we think it will be sometime in May.
It seemed funny to return from the cold north to a harvest of green peppers, peas and eggplant in our garden. I have loved doing a garden and Linda seems to enjoy working beside me in it as well. I continue with computer programing. I am working on a new program for the finance department right now. I will be making a quick two week trip to Cameroon the end of February. Linda is always busy but seems to keep it all together. She is writing quite a bit right now along with her duties as department head for Motorcycle Sunday School Mission (MSSM) and teaching in the Bible, Missionary & Work (BMW) Training Center. We look forward to leading a summer team TOGETHER in the summer. We are excited about the open doors of ministry with Teen Missions, AIDS Orphans & Street Children and Motorcycle Sunday School Mission. We feel it such a privilege to be used to His Glory.
It is difficult to put into words how much you, our partners in prayer and financial support, mean to us. All I can say is THANK YOU for being a part of our lives and ministry. Together we are impacting the World! Thanks for those helping with the car fund, we have received about $5000 and have a goal to pay cash for the new vehicle so please keep praying for the Lord’s provision.
1. Safety in travel
2. Blessed time with family
3. Engagement of Daniel Maher and Kelsey Wilson
4. Health to serve the Lord
5. Faithful, wonderful supporters
1. Safety and good health for Tom as he travels to Cameroon and
peace while separated
2. That everything will come together for Daniel and Kelsey’s
3. Pray for Zachary as he pursues a call to preach
4. Health and wisdom for Kalah as she teaches
5. Wisdom for Tom and Deena as they raise Elsie
6. Continued wisdom and health for Linda and I
7. Consistent financial support