Dear friends and family, another year has come and gone. It seems time is flying by. A portion of a poem goes, Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last. How true it is that we are hard-pressed to comprehend the eternal. And yet, that is everyone’s destiny. Our physical lives will end one day, and we will all go into Eternity. Some to eternal life, some to perish. A sobering thought. Our only hope is in Christ! As the verse says, there is a time to weep, when loved ones die. When our lives seem turned upside down. When it seems nothing is going right. When we try hard but it feels like we’re just spinning our wheels. At those times we need to get God’s perspective and see our lives through the lens of the Bible. Who we are in Christ, or if you’re not a true believer, your need for a Savior. Everybody likes to laugh. The Bible says that laughter is like medicine. It’s interesting that when you weep with somebody or you laugh with somebody, it creates a special bond with that person. I think the verses in Ecclesiastes 3 are speaking of our experiences in life that allow us to empathize with others. Help where we can, weep and laugh when the need arises. Sometimes I have to laugh at how foolish I have been that I was weeping over something that didn’t warrant that kind of emotion. Our main purpose on earth is to Worship God and bring other people to do the same.
We have had a full year with many blessings and times of weeping also. We were able to go to England for a time to help a friend do some repairs on a house which in turn helped with our financial provision. We went to a church there in Bournemouth and met another part of the body of Christ across the channel. Christine met an Iranian man at that church visiting for a few weeks himself and arranged for him to get a Bible
in his own language. We didn’t really do any serious street witnessing while there but we did hand out tracts wherever we could. Like every time we bought something for the house or food or whatever. We used the million dollar tract with Donald and Hillary on it(not to actually pay). Everybody has the right to their own political opinion, but I was amazed at some of the comments people made without really checking the facts. Mainstream media is very powerful and influential, and dare I say it, not always truthful. Anyway, it was a great conversation starter and then we’d move over to the spiritual. We were given a car! Very good condition, older model but with low kilometers. It will allow us to go to different villages to hand out tracts and evangelize and visit family. We also attended the first European Ambassadors Academy. Very good info on many different levels and subjects. Religion, atheism, evolution, logic, philosophy, etc. One week of intense evangelistic training. The teachers were as excited as we were to teach and for us to learn. They couldn’t believe we wanted more and more, sometimes staying past midnight. At the end of our training we all went out to “put feet on our faith” on the streets in Cannes. Some of us did Open Air Preaching for the first time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oORa-ff_ZzI&list=PLAGs9RqLp2xpUV9DAAUy255Txf6M7z4Ag Christine is teaching French to some German girls that are involved with a ministry to Muslims. We participated in the Christmas choir again this year. I have not purposely avoided the Promenade where the terrorist attack happened, but recently went back. There are still memorials all around on the walkway from people that have been affected in some way. Evil is always present but we overcome evil with good by the strength of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus didn’t say this life would be easy, but it is worth it. God bless you as you serve Him, Mitch and Christine Prayer requests: That we will continue to be directed clearly and powerfully in this ministry. That we would anguish over the city, country, and world that is without hope. That we will have the Love and Compassion that God has for this generation. That our lives and marriage will be a witness to many people. That we will continue to trust and rely on God’s provision in every area of our lives.