Dear Pastor, Church Family, and Praying Friends,
It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of 2015. We trust that the ministry has been as exciting and fruitful on your end as it has been for our family. Though it has been a whirlwind experience, with many ups and downs, it’s great to know we have God Almighty leading the way.
This year marked our 20th year in the ministry and the 15th year Johnny had been serving the role as Evangelist. We were nervous and excited when we started to see God shifting our ministry to a stationary position. See where God has led us, and the status of our family we can fully understand the transition.
Not traveling as many miles as often as we were has definitely been better for Johnny’s daily bodily pain. Though he still experiences pain throughout his body most of the day, it is easier to allow him the rest and comfort needed.
This transition has been much needed for our two boys as well. For JD, he has participated in OT and PT therapies to work with his Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Through these therapies he has advanced drastically in his fine motor and social skills, as well as learning ways to cope with his sensory issues. He has also been in full-day Pre-K, which is assisting in allowing us to work towards a future in home schooling.
With Alex the transition has been much needed, especially considering he has been diagnosed with “failure to thrive” feeding issues. Since birth he has rarely consumed the needed amount for his age. On top of that a large part of what had been taking in was thrown back up. In October he began to lose weight and had become severely dehydrated. He ended up in the hospital for three days, and the doctor placed an NG-tube up his nose down into his stomach. A few weeks later they went in and placed a G-tube directly into his stomach. Doctors believe it’s just a food related allergy, and with the strict feeding plan he’s on they should be able to figure out what’s causing the symptoms.
Even with so many trials and difficulties our ministry has been a great success in 2015. Through the Evangelism and Pastoral positions we saw 7 souls trust Christ as their Saviour. We were also led to start what we are calling the F.A.I.T.H. Peer Support Network. This stands for Families Always Improving Their Homes. Even as a child of God, we should never be satisfied with the status of our homes. We should be striving daily to build and strengthen our fellowship with Christ and those He has placed in our lives.
From the bottom of our hearts we thank you for your continued prayer and financial support. Every soul saved and life that is changed is another crown you’ve earned in Heaven. There is no way we could do what we do without your help. May He grant you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!
In His precious name,
Jude 22, 23