Merry Christmas

As the Christmas season is in full swing, it’s easy to start thinking of memories of past Christmases spent surrounded by friends and family. I (Lanita) remember sitting at my Grandmother’s feet, every year, listening to her read a story of Christmas about a little mouse. I remember the kitchen full of all kinds of sweet treats and the smell of my great grandmother’s pecan pie. I remember listening to my dad or grandfather reading the Christmas story from the bible, praying together, as a family, many times through the day. The list could go on and on. But this year, those memories hold a new meaning, they hold a new place in my life. They are the past.

God has put us in a life of change, constant change. Very soon, everything, everywhere and everyone we’re used to, will be memories. We’ve experienced a lot of lasts this past year. We’ve said goodbye to friends that we’ve made here that we will, most likely, never see again this side of heaven. Just a few days ago, we had our last Christmas party with our fellow trainees. From here on, our life will be full of firsts and lasts. Many at the same time. Our lives will be moving on one direction while, what seems like everyone and everything else, will be moving another direction. We’re constantly creating a new normal. When people ask where we call home, there is always a debate within our heads as to what the answer will be. Home is Missouri, home is the Rio Grande Valley, home is Mexico, home is the USA, home will soon be thousands of miles from the USA. While all at the same time, home is none of these places. Google defines home as “the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.” Then, home really is none of these places. In missionary life, there is no permanent home. A missionary is always moving. So, I think of Hebrews 13. Verses 14 & 15 say “For this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our city in heaven, which is yet to come. With Jesus’ help, let us continually offer our sacrifice of praise to God by proclaiming the glory of his name.” Even if we had a permanent worldly home, it still isn’t our home. No where in this world are we ever truly “HOME”.

Prayer points:
1. Please pray we can raise our support percentage to 100% by graduation. We are now at 42%.

2. We have had a country laid on our hearts to begin a ministry in, after graduation. Please pray that funds will come in to take an exploratory trip to this country over the summer to see if this is were God is sending our family.

3. Pray for our Mexico ministry.

Praise points:
1. We are now 42% funded!

2. There have been many break throughs and God’s work is visible in our village in Mexico!

3. God has allowed us to start a relationship with our neighbors that will lead to a ministry opportunity!

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