Okay, it’s Christmas morning in Malawi and I can no longer put off writing this letter. I’ve written and re-written it over and over, but cannot seem to put into words, well at least brief words, what I’ve wanted to communicate, so I’ll just keep it simple and say Merry Christmas, THANK YOU, and add a tiny bit of news and pics.
Though it doesn’t “feel” anything like Christmas here in Malawi with 80 degree temps and my family and friends half a world away, I’m focusing on God’s treasures right in front of me – and there are many. So thankful for each of you who has been an integral part of my life. I can tell you honestly that I’ve never experienced the amazing power of prayer as I have in the past months. Your prayers are what has lifted me up, sustained me, protected me, encouraged me, blessed me more than you can know. KNOW that your prayers are most effective. Thankful for clean water, safe shelter, food, good health, fuel (when I can get it!),and very thankful that what we do here really makes a difference in the lives of those who very often go without some or all of the above.
Last weekend I moved to ABC for 3 weeks to housesit while the pastor and his family are vacationing in S. Africa. Since this is my first Christmas EVER away from my family, I’m so glad I’m with other Americans in the same boat. I miss many of the things that make Christmas so special every year – family, friends, carols, traditions. What I’m not missing at all is the inescapable madness that is unfortunately ingrained in our culture during this season. My Christmas present this year is being here and all I’m learning – even the seemingly unpleasant things. All have a purpose to mold and grow me to be used by God in a greater way, and in teaching me patience, gratitude and humility.
This Christmas please know that I love all of you who have made this journey possible, and who are faithfully with my each step of the way. I pray for you all and ask God to bless you so that you may be a blessing to others wherever you are.
With a great piece of my heart,