Merry Christmas 2016

Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you for your prayers and support. They are always very appreciated.

Denise and I want to wish you a Merry Christmas! Things are crazy and fun here in Macapá. We have Denise’s family visiting for 2 weeks! This is the first we have been able to spent time with them since last Christmas, so we couldn’t be any more excited! We are having a blast showing them around Macapá.

Our trip to see Starwars

Denise and I with her parents

Christmas was always my favorite holiday. I have such fond memories of Christmases in the past. The Christmas lights, the smell of pine needles and cookies in the oven, the sound Christmas carols, the crisp cold winter air, the whole environment, are things I have always loved. Since moving to Brazil, Christmas is very different. I find myself really missing my family and feeling very homesick during the holidays.

A few days ago I woke up feeling a bit down and homesick, so I grabbed my Bible and opened it. The page it opened to was Isaiah 9. I looked down and began to read: "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." In this verse Isaiah is prophesying about the coming messiah. My first thought was how fitting the verse was during this time of the year, but as I thought and prayed the words spoke to my heart. I realized that the verse was not just speaking about something that happened 2000 years ago, but was about what Jesus was doing in my life that morning and every day. Jesus didn’t just come to rescue Israel, but is in constant pursuit of saving each and every one of us on a daily basis.

Denise’s and my prayer for you this Christmas is that you will sense Jesus – Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace – near to you.

Merry Christmas!

In His Service,

Christopher and Denise

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