Monday, December 10, 2018
Closing Out 2018
Thank you for being on this journey with us as we settle into our new normal. It has been a little longer than usual since our last update, as we have had a little less sleep, a little fuller days, and a lot more love to go around.
1. Late Summer
Dan is on the leadership team for the Slovenian Young Adult Ministries. As part of that responsibility, he helped plan and organize the Summer camp. He and another Slovene pastor were asked to host an "American" themed night. It was a great time of fellowship, fun, games and great food! Thanks to Light For The Lost funds, we were able to give every student in attendance a copy of True Identity/Prava Identita, that had just recently been translated into Slovene.
He also helped a Slovene home missionary to the Roma communities with a week-long summer camp for children. We were able to give every child there a Slovene Action Bible - a kids' Bible in their very own language! For many of them, it is the only Bible the have access to.
2. A New Ministry Team Member
In September we welcomed the newest member of our team! Abigail gave birth to our littles missionary here in Slovenia, in a city called Postojna. The medical care was wonderful, and baby and mommy did great! Big brother is completely smitten, as are we all! Thank you to all of you who congratulated us, and sent notes of love and joy!
3. The Puzzle
Our "Puzzle" project is moving forward wonderfully! Two weeks after the arrival of our Peanut, we spent two days recording the Slovene voices for the characters. It went wonderfully! We've since received the finished copy, and it sounds great!
We also just received the costumes in the mail! Once the new year starts, we're hoping to start putting together the actors and practices! Thank you so much for praying with us about this exciting ministry opportunity!
4. Training and Missionary Fellowshipping
During our first term (3 years) as missionaries, every year we attend a "First Term" retreat. It is a terrific time, full of friends (especially for the kiddos), being ministered to, learning new things and being spiritually fed.
After that, we went to our Southeast area conference. It was on a Hungarian horse ranch, where we were encouraged to relax, fellowship and unwind. It was great to see new friends, and make some new ones. Our son especially enjoyed getting to ride a horse! One really exciting fact - every single missionary in our area who was on the field was in attendance - around 80 of us!
5. Regional Director Visiting
We were honored to have our Europe Regional Director, Paul Trementozzi come and visit us at the end of November. He came to speak at the Slovene pastors' meeting, and preach at two of the Slovene national churches. He spoke on unity, cooperation, and the importance of personal Sabbath. Thanks to our Speed the Light vehicle, Dan was able to drive Paul to all of the meetings throughout Slovenia. We are so thankful for our safe and reliable transportation, thanks to our PenFlorida youth!
Thank you all so much for your continued prayers, love and support! We hope you all have a blessed holiday season, and a very happy New Year!