I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with friends and family. I am always blessed to spend Christmas with my family and have an Italian Christmas dinner with my aunt Cora and Uncle Charlie (he wanted a newsletter shoutout so he got one!).
It was also nice spending New Years Eve with my family and watching the ball drop with my wife.
2017 was a strange year for me personally and in ministry. I believe it was a year of shifting that had many challenges, trials and questions. At the same time it was a year of God’s faithfulness, divine guidance and impartation of new vision.
I started doing online courses at Lancaster Bible College and will finish my bachelors of arts in Biblical Studies in July.
We had our third daughter, Nikea. She was born on September 2nd.
Hanna had her third successful surgery to remove cancerous cells from her throat. She has been recovering well and is believing for a cancer free 2018 and cancer free life!
My daughter, Zoe, started going to kindergarten.
I was blessed to perform three weddings last year. During the ceremony and in the conversations that followed, the gospel was clearly presented to many unbelievers.
I was the minister for two funerals. In both funerals, the families told me how blessed they were that I spoke to them about eternal life and pointed everyone hearing to trust in God through times of pain and sorrow.
I was able to minister in various churches throughout the United States, continuing to focus on the proclamation of the good news of Jesus Christ.
I was able to take a trip to Colombia to where there was much fruit produced in conferences I ministered in and the churches I spoke at.
Although I do not know what the Lord has in store in 2018 or the places he will take me. I know He has a plan. I know His plans are perfect. I know that He who started a good work in us will finish it!
Two weeks ago, I was sitting in church holding my 3 month old. She was sound asleep and in perfect peace.
Pastor Ray picked her up and showed her to the congregation. He talked about how she was perfectly at peace and perfectly at rest because she was in the arms of her father.
You may not know what will happen this year. But let us have it made up in our hearts and minds that no matter what, we will stay in the arms of our Father and abide under the shadow of His wings. It says in Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you.” Let 2018 be a year of trusting in God and being obedient to all He is calling us to do!