Sleigh Bells & Wedding Bells – Boubion Update December 2023

Dear friends and family,

Christmastime is here! And as you know, with the holiday season also comes a very busy and bustling time. With mine and Geoff’s wedding around the corner, the days have been especially packed with wedding preparations amidst our missions training school at the church. Though there have been very overwhelming moments in time, my heart brims full of joy and awe in the Lord to see where He has brought us thus far. I am so excited to begin a new life with Geoff and am so grateful for everyone who has come alongside to support us and help with wedding/marriage preparations.

Making decorations for the wedding reception with Geoff’s mom!

In November, I felt so blessed as my mentor and older sister threw a bridal shower for me. I enjoyed every moment of it and am so grateful to everyone who attended and helped. I felt so loved by my family and church family, God is so good!

Thanksgiving was pretty special this year because I was able to celebrate it with my church family, Geoff’s family, and my own family all in one day! In the morning a friend at church invited all the missions training school students over to her house for a Thanksgiving breakfast! 

Thanksgiving breakfast!

Then afterwards Geoff, his roommate, and I traveled up to Geoff’s parents’ house for Thanksgiving dinner and my family met us there from Mexico! It was so surreal to see our families come together for the first time and we had an amazing dinner and dessert of course;) 

Ministry Updates

I am currently going through my second year of MTS (missions training school) at my church. We have a pretty packed schedule of classes, homework, and ministry opportunities. On the first Thursday of every month we have been going to 2 colleges in Fullerton to evangelize and pray for the students. This has been challenging as most students tend to be running in between classes and too busy to sit and talk, but the Lord has been blessing this evangelism ministry incredibly. Please pray that the Lord continues to bring more students to us who are willing to engage in gospel conversations.

In the beginning of November I attended CC Golden Springs’ Missions Conference and Pastors & Leaders Conference. It was such a blessing to go meet people from all over and get to hear the different speakers. Geoff and I got to meet the director of the Calvary Chapel Bible College in Okinawa, Japan, and his wife as well. They were super kind and helpful to answer our many questions about life and ministry in Japan. It was also super exciting to hear how the Lord was using their bible college to train up both foreigners and Japanese nationals to plant churches in Japan. Praise God!

Geoff and I are going with a team on a vision tour to Japan in February to see the ministries there and seek the Lord in confirming our calling to serve as long-term missionaries there. If you would like to help support our trip financially you can click the button at the bottom of this page. We will be traveling January 29th and returning on February 9th. We still have about $1,000 left to raise for the trip and any contribution would be a huge blessing! Please especially keep the team in prayer, for our preparations and time there.

I’m so excited for this upcoming year! Thank you all for reading this update and supporting me, I appreciate all of you so much. A quick practical update: As Geoff and I will be getting married next month, we will be combining our newsletters into one. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Love you all and have a merry Christmas!<3

In Christ,

Lydia Boubion