I have had several Emails from several different groups and individuals about the upcoming trips this summer. Enough to write to say that if you are interested in going on one of the trips this summer it would be good to contact me ASAP to get your name on the list so that I can send you the 2007 application and Spanish release form along with the specifics about the sign-up procedures this year. Since I moved to Nashville there have been some changes in the way things are going to be done. As of December 10th, there are approximately 20 that have signed up for the Brazil trip in June, about 65 that have sign-ed up for the July 1 trip, and about 55 for the July 13 trip. I do not have numbers yet for the May trip but I am expecting to have a strong team then as well. There are still plenty of spots left but don’t delay, I am expecting to fill up all of the trips quickly.
Margaret and I are very excited to be worshipping with the Western Hills Church of Christ. It is located in Bellevue, which is a suburb located in west Nashville. Margaret’s sister Jenny and her family worship there and her brother Scott is the pulpit preacher. It’s a family affair every week as we get together for worship. We met with the elders and they have graciously decided to be my overseeing eldership for the mission trips I take during the summer. They are a great group of men who have a burning passion for the lost and I look forward to working with them. The congregation is very excited as well about the opportunities that are coming to go on some of the trip and to participate in collecting supplies.
As I scramble to finish up the last few days of class and give my semester exams, it reminds me how fast time flies. It really does seem like yesterday that we were scrambling to get moved up here to start a new job and to find a place to live. Now we are finishing up a semester of classes and trying to shop for Christmas presents. And even more exciting, getting ready to go to Honduras on the 27th for a 1 week trip. I can’t wait to get down there and see everyone and to build some houses and pass out toys and stuffed animals to the children. Please keep the team in your prayers and check out the blogspot, I will be updating the trip while we are there!
In closing, remember to keep everything in perspective during the holiday season. Enjoy the cards, gifts, and food during the season. Enjoy the family get togethers and office parties. But most of all, remember that we celebrate the physical birth of a little baby boy that was God in the flesh. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We beheld the glory of the Father, full of grace and truth. He came to His own, but His own received Him not. But He came anyway, because it was the will of the Father to whom He was fully obedient. He gave His life as a ransom for us all. Because He LOVED us. And that is the greatest gift of them all. Merry Christmas to all.