Merry Christmas everyone! As we get ready to celebrate our second Christmas here in Guatemala we will be thinking about you all and missing family. We love the family traditions that we look forward to each year, and being away from family allows us to create our own family traditions. One tradition of ours is to show Solomon and Grace that it is better to give than to receive. This year we are looking forward to being a part of some children’s lives at a nearby orphanage. The children there put us to shame with their love and thankfulness.
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into His presence with singing! Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name! For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100:1-5 ESV
As I looked for verses about gratitude and thanksgiving this passage caught my eye. The gratitude and thanksgiving and praise are all being directed toward God. It reminds me to take the attention off of myself and give it to God. That is how we can truly be grateful!
We are very thankful for our time at the Christian Academy of Guatemala! Jordan has been able to mentor/counsel some students and has already been dealing with some scary stuff. Please keep him in your prayers! He is also teaching Bible classes where he is able to not only teach a great curriculum, but he is also able to answer many of the students’ questions and doubts. A huge reason that youth go to college and leave the church forever is because they never made the truths of the gospel their own. They never “worked out their faith with fear and trembling.” Yes, even missionary kids leave the church, never to return. Also, the parents of the MKs usually have all the best intentions and are doing everything they can to reach Guatemala for Christ, but when you are a child of a missionary you oftentimes see the good, bad and ugly side of ministry. We are challenged daily to be genuine and humble. We want to challenge all the parents of the MKs to do the same and to ask for forgiveness when they have shown hypocrisy to their children. All of us that call ourselves believers should seriously think about this. Are you being a spiritual leader in your home? Are you genuine and humble? Do you admit to your children when you have been hypocritical and ask for their forgiveness? Are you spending quality time with them, teaching them about God? Our children are the next generation of the church. What will that church look like? We have a great hope for the youth here that they will grow to be amazing followers of Christ!
God bless you all this Holiday season! We thank our God every time we remember you!
Jordan, Hannah, Solomon & Grace