Putting Christ in our daily lives with Thanksgiving

We have had a weird month of November.  For the first time ever our family has been separated in three different countries and for a longer time apart from each other than ever before.  Needless to say that brings with it some tension, excitement, sickness, and loneliness.  As many of you already know Suzie is in South Africa waiting for Baby #4 to come out and join the world on the outside of the belly.  Phoebe has been in Kenya finishing up her first trimester of boarding school.  Adam has stayed behind in Madagascar doing church planting work and getting the house and papers in order to be gone for a month or two.  With all of this we have had our ups and downs.  We have had our tears and we have had those moments of joy that can only come by the peace of God that surpasses all understanding.  We have truly learned that the love that the Lord has given us for each other has no boundaries and no ocean or land-mass can keep us from showing, sharing, and living out that love for Christ first and then for each other.

With all of the changes that have taken place we have seen the Lord do some amazing things.  First of all we praise Him for giving everyone safe travel thus far.  Everyone has made it to their destinations and as of yesterday Phoebe is with Suzie, Emma, and Baylee.  Adam had a safe trip out to Androy land.  The Lord is doing great things despite our short-comings.  We have seen the Lord begin to open doors in several towns and surrounding villages to those towns.  We have seen the Lord begin to bring alongside us national partners who desire to live out Christ, learn about Him, and share His Word with others.  We still have a lot of training trainers to do and there are still so many people who are waiting to hear the Gospel story.  With that said the Lord who is gracious and does things in his timing has blessed us with the privilege of having a baby boy who we pray will grow into a Godly man.  We are so thankful to the Lord for this opportunity that we never imagined possible until we found out Suzie was pregnant eight months ago now.  Wow the Lord is so good!  Although we are scared and wonder sometimes how life will be with a little baby again we just can't help but give thanks for this new life.  We also praise the Lord for our wonderful daughters who have been so supportive and have displayed love in all these changes.

Finally, we want to say thank you to you all.  The love that you all show us doesn't go unnoticed.  You have been so kind to us.  We thank you for your prayers, encouraging words, emails, notes, packages, gifts, and giving to missions to allow us to do what the Lord has called us to do here in Madagascar.  A simple thank you is not enough but we know that you guys give because the Lord has blessed you and you love us.  Thus, we say Thank you so much for everything!!!  Keep up the good work.

Praises:
  • 5/6 of our family is in Jburg and Adam will arrive on the 7th.
  • We have had safe travels.  The Lord is opening doors in Androy land
  • The Snyder's new baby girl is healthy and growing.
  • People are getting over a time of severe sickness on our South Team
  • Thanksgiving
Prayer Request:
  • Baby boy to come out healthy and strong
  • New teammates coming in January
  • South Team
  • Second Round of elections here in Madagascar on Dec. 20th.
  • Wisdom and patience for out team, national partners and for us
  • Family and Friends back in the U.S.A
 Philson and Peter.  New National Partners



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