Dear Praying Friends,
We just want to begin by thanking all those that sent cards and extra support for Christmas. Your love and thoughtfulness was very much appreciated! We had a good Christmas and New Year here in Italy learning some of the new customs and spending time with the people of our church. We were invited to a family in our churches home for Christmas Eve. Wow, I don’t think I have ever eaten so much or for so long. The Italian people definitely know how to put on a 7 course meal!! Many people were gone for the holidays so it has been nice getting back into a more normal schedule now that the Holidays are over.
The new Year started out kinda rough for us. On Jan 1st Shane got up to get some wood for the wood stove and noticed we had a flat tire. So that week he had to run around to find the same tires for our car, as we found out you are only allowed to have the tires that are on your vehicle registration, which we found out they very uncommon, and hard to find. Finally after going to a few different shops he found someone who could order them. All that just to replace 2 tires!! As he was dealing with all that, Kathy was sick with a cold that affected her asthma. She was sick for over 2 weeks, we finally decided we cannot use the wood stove. The house here does not have heat so we are now using gas propane heaters. We would like to get a pellet stove. Please be in prayer about this as the humidity and cold really affects Kathy’s asthma as well. She is feeling a little better but still is having to use her inhaler a lot.
Also this month we were able to celebrate our 19th anniversary and our 18th year of ministry. We were accepted by BIO as missionaries in January of 1999. We are truly thankful and feel blessed for all God has done for our family over these years! We also celebrated Micah and Moriah’s 16th birthday! Hard to believe that they are growing up so fast!
We also were excited to get all of our visas finally done!! It only took us 8 months but they are good for 2 years! It is a good thing too, since they are predated with our arrival date. We are little by little learning our way around here and getting accustomed to living “la dolce vita” or “the sweet life” here in Italy.
We are looking forward to a busy year with quite a few visitors coming. We are excited at the prospect of new missionaries coming to work here in Italy. The harvest is plenteous but the laborers are few. There are so many towns here without a gospel preaching church, so many children who do not know that Jesus loves them. Please pray as we finish our language studies and begin some new outreach programs. We are excited to see what God is going to do in 2017!
We covet your prayers and are so thankful for each of you and your love and support for our ministry. May God’s blessing be poured upon you in this New Year!
Serving the King,