Well, we missed the boat for a Christmas newsletter this year, so we are making it a New Year's newsletter! Such is life these days. ;-)
We have had a very fruitful year, and we come to its close with thankful hearts. Thankful especially for Jesus Christ and His life and His love which He has given us in abundance.
It has been a year of growth in many ways! Each of our children has grown, and our family has grown by one member. The reach of our ministry has grown as well, and we are thankful for each opportunity the Lord has given us, each door opened and each family reached with the powerful truths of His Word. And yet our greatest desire is to grow in truly knowing Christ... this is life!
As for family ministry, we had opportunities to do many parenting seminars in three states and so we spent quite a bit of time on the road! Besides parenting seminars, we also spoke at a conference and Elizabeth spoke to ladies groups several times as well. Fabio ministered at a men's retreat, helped to plan and organize three father-son camping trips, and there were various opportunities to share the gospel as we walked through life. We also started a home group in July with the goal of discipling families in a more “up close and personal” way than what we can do in a weekend seminar. It has been a very good time, and we are considering beginning a second group in this new year.
Beyond what we have been able to do personally, the material we developed has also gone ahead of us to Bolivia, Peru, Haiti and other parts of Brazil! There have been pastors and leaders that “saw” the need when they attended our seminar, asked for permission to use the material and are speaking to families beyond our reach. We praise the Lord for the privilege of being a part of His work in this way!