Saturday, December 19, 2009

Blessings

We are grateful for all those families who gave to our mission in lieu of gifts this year, and the Good News Ladies group. We are exceedingly blessed by the generous spirit of giving.

God bless.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Quebec, did you know?

  • We have not met a Quebecer who does not love Canada.♥
  • Quebec is passionate about local artisans.
  • We see a lot more Honda's and less 1/2 ton trucks.

Christmas Greetings

Salut amis et famille

Merry Christmas
Joyeux Noël
As we are writing this letter, we have just received our schedule for our French language exams next week. These exams include Bible (written and oral) and general French (written, oral, phonetics and vocabulary).

We are sitting at a dining room table, listening to Christmas music, writing letters and cards. Today we have decided we will do no more studying. It is good to have a break.

After exams, we will have a three-week Christmas break. We have been told we are best off staying in Quebec in order to retain the French. We will, however, go to Winnipeg for the first week and return to Quebec on December 21 to join most of the other language students who are staying for Christmas.

Amazingly, we just went for a nice walk around Lac des Nations in Sherbrooke. Today it is December 4 and we are out strolling on a beautiful day around a small unfrozen lake. We are hoping that there will be a white Christmas when we return from Manitoba.

Mid November, we had the privilege to attend the Quebec mission’s festival in Montreal. It was great to be at this event and to be able to spend time with SIM representatives and other missionaries. We had the opportunity to spend time with a couple whom we will be serving with in Galmi.

As an update, there have been some unforeseen difficulties with our apartment and we hope to be moving during the Christmas break. In addition, Orest is going to start getting some significant dental work started in the middle of exams next week. He needs two root canals.

As missionary appointees to Africa, we are excited about the road ahead. It has been a wonderful time to be able to spend time with others who will be going to serve in Africa. There have been trials and times of great joy. We have had so many God experiences in the last couple of years we have had to record everything to keep track of all that God has done for us. We love this part of our life. We are actually starting to understand some French. There is hope for us after all. God is wonderful. In all we do we seek to serve Him to the very best of our abilities knowing He will take us through everything else.

Thank you to all of our family and friends who support us in so many ways.

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Blessings to all of you.
Bénédictions à tous d'entre vous