Our hope and prayer is that this finds all of you well, that you had a blessed and Merry Christmas and that your New Year has begun on a positive note. For those whose New Year may not have started off ideally, we do pray that the Lord will minister to you in the specific ways you need, and that 2014 will, ultimately, be a wonderful year.
We were blessed to travel up north for Christmas and New Years. There was an urgency to our travel, so we attempted to drive straight through from Florida to Green Bay, but ended up having to stop to rest for a few hours. God was good and we did arrive in Green Bay in time to have a last visit with my brother, Wayne. He passed away on December 24, his 53rd birthday. I am very thankful the Lord allowed me that one last visit. He was laid to rest on December 27, and because we were not far away, we were able to attend his service and burial as well. I would ask you to please keep his widow, Sue, and their children, David, Paul, Sarah, and Rachel (and their families) in your prayers.
Our time up north was a mostly pleasant time with family and church friends. There was plenty of snow and more fell while we were there. It was Andrey’s second Christmas, and he enjoyed it very much. Andrey’s vocabulary is expanding more rapidly now and it was fun to hear him chattering away! His second birthday was January 16th. As with all little ones, he is growing up much too fast (at least we think so)! New Years was spent in Indiana, with Heather, Josh, Brice and Tayler. It was a very nice, quiet time together, a blessing for us.
Christmas with Jenni, Shad, and Talon came after New Year’s because of our travels and also the boys’ travels. Kind of nice for the boys because it prolonged it a bit. Talon will soon be 11 – hard to believe! Seems like only yesterday I was in the delivery suite when he was born!
David and I are FINALLY transferring our residence to Florida. David’s driver’s license and our vehicle registration have been transferred. I still have to find one more item required for the driver’s license transfer, then I will do the same. We’ve been back on staff with TMI for four years, but have spent a great deal of time away from Florida, first, leading the Missionaries to Canada for nine months, and then, working in the Canada office for eight months in 2011-12. Since then, we’ve been here in Florida, except for Jan. 12 – April 12 of 2013, when we were in Ecuador, helping at the base down there. We kind of figured it was about time to change things “officially”.
Of course, once a person makes such a decision, a change is bound to come along! Yes, we are going to be “off” again – back to Canada. We are planning to be there for at least three years, the Lord and Canadian immigration willing. Not only are we facing the costs of moving, but Canada also has a significantly higher cost of living. It would be a great help and blessing to have some of you join us in this ministry as part of our financial and prayer support team. The attached coupon gives instructions as to how to do that. (Pssst – we are keeping this off Facebook – we want to surprise all our friends up in Outlook, so thanks for helping keep the secret.) “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
Summer ministry this year is presently scheduled to be with the team to Russia. I think it’s well known how much we love Russia and her people and we really do love leading the team there. As of this writing, there are 11 teens registered for our team. Perhaps you know of a teen or two who might like to serve the Lord in Russia this summer? If so, direct them to the Teen Missions website (www.teenmissions.org) where they can register. Please keep us in prayer as we prepare for another summer sharing the love of the Lord with youth – American, Canadian and Russian.
We’re very blessed to have been serving the Lord here at Teen Missions for a total of ten years now. Each one who generously gives as God directs or who takes time to pray for us makes it possible and we pray that the Lord will bless you as generously as you bless us. If you have any specific prayer needs, please don’t hesitate to share them with us – it would be our privilege to join with you in prayer. Until next time, may the Lord bless and keep you all.
Together in His Service,
David and Stephanie Spindler
• Safe travel over the Christmas/New Year holiday time
• Continued good health for both of us
• God’s provision for our needs
• Wisdom and guidance in our ministry
• Safe travel to our new ministry location
• God’s provision through His people for our needs
• Opportunities to share the Gospel
• Quality devotion times