We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Joyeux Noel. We pray this letter finds you and your family well, happy and together.
Although we have had more personal and professional growth this year tibhan ever before, and faced more challenges and more obstacles than ever before, one of the downsides of writing a blog is that it makes it tough to write a Christmas letter. I have already written about our experiences this last year so I can’t write a summation letter, telling all about the year. So I thought I would keep it simple.
I would simply like to thank all of you who have made this year possible. All of you who have prayed for us, donated supplies and money for our projects and encouraged us. It is not possible for me to find adequate words to express how much that has meant to us.
There are however, a few institutions and individuals who deserve a special note of thanks and acknowledgement.
Adventist Health International and St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center for their donation of supplies.
Clarkston SDA Church for it’s financial and moral support.
Archie and RBD Willis, David and Cathy Olson, and Kermit and Ronnalee Netteburg, our stateside family who have handled our business affairs, paid bills, sold our house, found renters and plumbers, shopped for us and done countless other things that we could not do from Africa.And our volunteers. To all of you, we could not have made it through the year without you. We know, we went 3 weeks in October without any volunteers, it wasn’t pretty or pleasant. You gave up money and time and your families to come be with us and work with us. You saw us at our worst. You raised money for the Centre. You put up with lousy living conditions, malaria, diarrhea, sand in your food, slow unreliable internet, all so you could make a difference. And you did and continue to make a difference in our lives and in the lives of the people of Tchad. You are our African family.
Rebecca Wind – Denmark
LyDiana Jesmin – Malaysia
Tini Binaas – Malaysia
Johnny Ahn – Georgia, USA
Brandon Tresenriter – California, USA
Laura Engelsen – Denmark
Henrik and Miriam Hoberg – Norway
Thomas Andersen – Denmark
Matt Tresenriter – California, USA
Ellen Shin – California, USA
Lindsay Gardner, Tennessee, USA
Nick and Kelsey Ewing, North Carolina, USA
Patty Padhilha – Uruguay
Will and Jolene Wainwright – Washington, USA
Adrian Sarli – Tennessee, USA
Diana Hernandez – Mexico
Orie Kaltenbaugh – Washington, USA
On this Christmas 2014, it is our wish to be with you all again. May Jesus come again soon and make that wish come true.
For those of you new to our blog please look around at the other pages, the “About” page tells a bit of who we are and our background, the “Definitions” page explains some terms that are used that some of you may not be familiar with, such as GC or AHI. The “Timeline” gives an idea of where we will be throughout the year, and the “Video” page has a video Bekki made of Koza Hospital as well as the videos she has made of Moundou. There is also the Surgical Pictures Page, but be forewarned, it has some very graphic pictures, so if you don’t like blood and guts, stay away from that page. You will also find links to other missionary blogs such as Olen and Danae Netteburg and others. Finally, if you like our blog and want to receive each new post directly to your e-mail, please sign up with your e-mail in the subscribe box. It doesn’t cost anything, there is no commitment, it just makes it easier to follow us.
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