Happy New Year! May God richly enable you as you serve him with the day he has given you today. The rest of the year is not guaranteed. Let’s ask him to open the eyes of our hearts so that we might know the hope to which he has called us and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe (Eph 1).
We celebrated the new year with our family and three Peace Corps volunteers a few hours earlier than most of you. We had a nice time and rang in the new year with food and fireworks. I also had a chance to share the gospel with one of the volunteers. There are lots of Peace Corps men and women in the area and we run into them regularly. Mark and Carmen (brother- and sister-in-law) are very hospitable and have these workers over regularly. Most of them do not know Christ and it is not long before the conversation turns spiritual. This is an unexpected opportunity. Pray for us as we minister to them. The challenge is to get to the gospel. I fear them leaving after a nice evening with the thought that we were wonderful people, but missing the message of the good news.
Blessings to you all!