Thankful for…no place to go: According to Google I’ve (Bill) been in nine countries and traveled over 50,000 km this past year. I’ve been to Colombia and Ecuador for training related to Pastoring of Pastors. Janice and I took part in a Baptist World Peace Conference in Colombia. We’ve travelled to El Salvador and Guatemala for team meetings on another trip. In the last four months we’ve visited supporters in thirty churches from Ontario to British Columbia. When I returned the rental car after our recent tour of Southern Alberta and BC, in which we made twenty-one visits, the agent asked me, “Did you really turn on 4000 km?” After such a busy year of travel I think there should exist a new beatitude—”Blessed are those who have no place to go…” Maybe that could continue, “…for they shall have time to reflect and be thankful.”
Thankful for…holiday time with family: Jonathan and Marigan came to see us in Bolivia earlier in the year, but it’s also nice to be in Canada for Christmas and to celebrate it with our son-in-law, Craig, and Jonathan’s special friend, Katrina. Janice was able to make a special trip to Manitoba to spend some time with her Mom also.
Thankful for Supporters: It was very encouraging to be able to connect with so many people and supporters across Canada. I’ll list churches we connected with, in no particular order: Asquith, Blythwood, Edmonton Prayer Group/Braemar, Elliot Lake, Emerson, Claresholme, Mill Bay, Lacombe, Moose Jaw, Moosomin, Neepawa, Nipawin, Red Deer, Strathclair, Swift Current, Whyteridge, Willow Lake, Yorkminster Park, Summerland (Jason), Calgary First, Pincher Creek, Cranbrook, Penticton, Ward Memorial, First Vancouver, Comox, Qualicum Beach, Emmanuel Victoria, Sechelt, HFAN Calgary, White Rock homegroup. To all of the above and some I’ve missed (i.e. personal visits) THANK-YOU! We’ve been encouraged by notes like, “Our Board just met and we’ve approved taking you on as partners in the New Year…thought you’d be encouraged about how positive your visit with us was.”
Another note read, “We enjoyed your sharing during our Soup, Share and Prayer time. That was the best turnout we have had since we’ve started these lunches. Our missions lunches are catching on!”
Thankful that God is in control: In a season that celebrates peace on earth, it can be disconcerting to realize how little peace there is. We could list multiple points of conflict and protest, Bolivia having been one of those in recent months. We are thankful that we did not have to make a decision on whether or not to stay in Bolivia during recent post-election conflict. As providence would have it, the decision to be in Canada in recent months had been made long before the elections. We are, of course, thankful that things are more stable again in Bolivia, so that we can go back as planned on January 23rd. God is good. God is in control. We are thankful that we can trust in that at all times and wherever we are.
Thankful for opportunities: We are so thankful that God continues to give us opportunitiesto serve and to know that we have all of you backing us. Thank you for personal support, but there may be opportunities for you to get involved that you may not even be aware of. Check out CBM’s gift catalogueat: https://hopefulgifts.ca/ ; support one of ourcolleagues at: https://www.cbmin.org/patty-nacho/ or have a closer look at one of our Bolivian projects at: https://www.cbmin.org/the-chagas-prevention-project/.
Some things to pray for.
Prayer Items: Pray for us as we return to Bolivia on January 23rd and settle back into our ministries there. Pray for God’s grace as we and family deal with good-byes and hellos.
Praise Items: Praise God for a safe and successful home assignment and for all of the encouragement we received.
Financial Support: Please continue to keep us and Bolivian projects and field staff in mind. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.
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Bill & Janice