Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Family Christmas Letter

Dear Friends and Relatives,                                                         Merry Christmas!

The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world.  He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world knew Him not.  He came to His own home, and His own people received Him not. But to all who received Him, who believed in His name, He gave power to become children of God;  who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:9-13 RSV

I hope that you believe in Jesus and are one of His children.  Being that He is King of Kings that makes His children royalty.  Merry Christmas, Princes and Princesses! May your New Year be filled with shining His light to those around you!

MY DAD: I am friends with a Pastor from Rwanda, Africa.  After 5 years of invitations, we went with him to Rwanda and Uganda for 3 weeks.  A week stay in an African village is an eye opening experience about them and even more so about me and us. I stayed in a village close to Ruhengeri, Rwanda with my friend's mother. I had a wonderful young man as a translator. Since then he has adopted me as his father since his was killed subsequent to the 1994 genocide. Every day they fed me the best meal they ate all year long, the meal they prepare only on Christmas. God be praised.

MY MOM: In Spring I did a fun mission trip to northern Minnesota to help roof a house & other home improvements. The African experience made me very thankful to live in the US and have good food.  Hoping to share my faith, I learned 90%, including government workers, are living their faith. They need to send missionaries here.  The most exciting thing in life is to be used by God to bring others to Jesus.  I believe that is why we have moved so much and why I have had so many different jobs.   So, I now am working at Sartori, packing cheese.  It is a simple job with lots of variety.  In less than 2 months, God has opened doors for sharing Christ with numerous people.  

MY BROTHER: He had a nice year with several highlights. At his job in October he took a new role as a Structural Design Engineer. This has more responsibility and creativity than his previous role as a Structural Analysis Engineer for the same group. In July,  he accompanied his parents to Rwanda for a week, because someone had to help keep them in line. Other traveling for the year included a day in Belgium visiting a friend he met in Pakistan in 2009 and a business trip to Canada to repair a prototype machine. He also ran the Chicago Marathon in his “slowest” effort yet finishing 149th out of more than 39,000. Certainly a year to be thankful to God!

ME: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the youngest family member (and her cat, Mika)! My first year in the "real world", done with school (for now) and working as a full-time engineer was better than I could have asked for. I bought my first car in February (a 2011 Nissan Altima Coupe), enjoyed 3 weeks of vacation traveling to 8 different states for leisure, met one of the top 10 people in my 150,000 employee company, and started paying back student loans. I have learned about retirement funds, health benefits, loan interest, and grown up things more than I ever cared to by 23 years old. I continuously thank God, and my parents, for blessing me in all of these aspects and growing me to become the young woman I am. I look forward to what 2014 has in store for me!



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