We hope this finds you well as we enter Christmas season. Holidays can have
their ups and downs, but we love this part of the year for some of the
opportunities to connect with family and have renewed focus on the
incarnation of Jesus. It¹s an amazing thing to consider for sure!
Thanksgiving was a mixed bag of sorts. We got the news about the passing of
my grandmother, my dad¹s mom, the week before Thanksgiving. The viewing and
memorial service were scheduled for the Tuesday and Wednesday just before
Thanksgiving and with some very generous financial help we were able to
take our whole family out to the 900 person town of Shannon, Illinois.
There were definitely moments of great sadness and loss. For Delma was much
loved and respected and she¹s left a deep imprint on all of us her 5 kids,
18 grandchildren, and 32 great-grandchildren. However, at 94, she had been
long ready to meet her Lord and at that we have much to celebrate. The
week provided a spontaneous family reunion of sorts as well as I¹ve not seen
anyone on this side of the family apart from my grandma in over 10 years.
It was a neat time to reconnect with some folks and walk through the
experience with others who have had similar experiences. It was very
special as so many have heard about or seen pictures of our kids, Morgan
especially, yet never have seen them in person. It was in this context that
we celebrated thanksgiving where there was some sadness, but great cause
to be thankful as well.
We appreciate you and as we¹ve been contemplating in this season for us, the
brevity of life and the weight of eternity, we¹re so thankful to be
partnered with you in this great endeavor of seeing student¹s lives changed
both here on earth and forever!
We aim to send out our 08 Christmas card in the next week or so. If you did
not receive a hard copy of this letter in the mail we do not have your
address. We¹d love to send you our Christmas card but we need your
address to do it! Can you reply and give us your current address in the
next few days? We¹d love to include you for our Christmas card.
As you¹ll read in the letter, we¹ve included some ways you can help us meet
some financial needs as we approach the end of the year. A link to our
online giving page is right below:
Thank you so much and we¹re praying for God¹s presence and blessing on your
lives and families this special season,
Brian & Christine
P.S. Here are some links of interest if you have time & interest:
Family Photo Shoot –
Grandma Delma –
Trip to Shannon, IL –
Delma Day –