Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       December 22, 2016

We are enjoying the month of December.  We are in our rainy season and if it were as cold here as it is in Ohio we would be buried in snow.  We have already gotten more rain this year than we had all season last year.  We are very grateful!

We continue to do the Radical Experiment which involves reading through the Bible in a year and praying around the world in a year.  We mentioned the book,  Radical in our last letter.  In chapter 9, David Platt shares this Radical Experiment for those of you who want to take the challenge.   It also involves following Christ in another context (doing something different that you may not have done before, i.e. working in a soup kitchen, helping with donations for the destitute, volunteering , all kinds of things come to mind.  (What better season to try this one?) It means stepping out of your comfort zone perhaps and blessing someone else less fortunate than yourself.) The fourth part of the challenge is sacrificial giving.  Giving from the heart, until it hurts.  Not just giving out of your surplus.  The widows mite comes to mind (See Luke 21:1-4).  The United States was on the prayer schedule for almost a week and Zimbabwe is on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Both countries are desperate to be held before the Throne.  We believe God is going to do mighty things here and there.  Isaiah prophesied that Israel should not dwell on the past and that God was doing a new thing.  He said, “Don’t you perceive it?  I will make springs of water come out of the desert.”  We are praying for springs of living water to flow out of our hearts and to get everyone around you and us very wet.  God is going to change Zimbabwe and the United States.  He is not done with us yet!!!

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And now, a word from our sponsor.  It is nearing the end of 2016 and you might be thinking you would like to make one more generous donation to a charitable organization before the year end to get a nice deduction on your 2016 tax return.  Well, do we have a deal for you!   That’s right, you can help support our ministry work in Zimbabwe, Africa.  It’s easy and painless.  Make your check out to “Partners Worldwide” in any amount you’d like.  Please put “PACC, ZIM” on the memo line of your check.  Our names should not appear on the check itself.  Put your generous check into an envelope and address it to :

Partners Worldwide

6139 Tahoe Dr. SE.

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Put a first class stamp on the envelope and put it in the mail. It needs to be post marked by Dec 31.  Easy peasy.  Simple as can be.  Now, sit back and enjoy the rest of this letter.

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Another book we’ve been reading together as a devotional is “Don’t Waste Your Life” by John Piper.  It is challenging and asks the question: Is Jesus worth giving everything up for?  We would all say, “Yes”!  But I have to ask myself, does my life show that I really believe it?  We want to reflect the Glory of our loving God and the blazing center of His Glory is the cross of Jesus Christ.  We are most satisfied and full of Joy when we do this.

We are very grateful for your prayers.  We are not without attacks from the evil one but we are learning that God will take the effort that Satan would use to ruin us, or our witness, and turn them into growing times if we recognize them for what they are and then respond in obedience to our Heavenly Father.  Pray that we will continually be made into the image of Christ.

The guys have been busy in the next dorm to be repaired.  They have been cleaning, painting and repairing ceilings in some of the rooms.  We were finally able to secure funds to buy paint and flooring tiles.

Without going into a lot of detail, the cash flow in Zimbabwe is struggling.  We’ve had funds in the bank, but it has been difficult to access it.  We are now able to do a transfer from the bank to a business for such supplies as needed without having to actually have cash dollars on hand.  It’s a slower process and takes a few days between picking out what we need, and actually being able to collect it. But at least we are back in business after a couple weeks of very little activity in the dorm.

Thank you for praying for our friend Mondreck.  He is improving but still in the hospital.  Today marks three weeks since he was admitted.  Hopefully he will be released before Christmas, but so far, we’ve not heard that.

There were about 30 high school aged students and their adult leaders on campus for about 5 days having a retreat of sorts, since they are on break from school until mid-January.  They wanted to hear about Rebecca’s work with the sewing group that has been formed on campus.  Three of the women were invited to come to one of their gatherings to share how they got started, what it means for them and how it has impacted their families.  It was nice to be able to encourage the young people and to spur them to think of ways they might become successful in business.

We have been invited to spend Christmas day lunch with our next door neighbors.  They take such good care of us, inviting us for dinner, sharing in birthdays and other celebrations, etc.  Actually, they pretty much spoil us, and I have to admit, we love it!!  They cook and bake such wonderful meals and treats, it is hard to resist! But then, why would we want to?

We hope and pray that everyone reading this letter will experience one of the best Christmases you can remember.  On Friday, in our morning devotions with the guys, Rebecca will be reading the Christmas story from Luke, chapter 2.  May each of you take a few minutes to read it also, to yourself or sitting in front of your Christmas tree to the whole gathering of family and friends, and reflect what this season represents.  May your day be filled with blessings and friends and food and fun!

We love you all and miss you like crazy!!

Merry Christmas!!

Rebecca and Jeff

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  1. Jeff, Your dues for the Gideons have been paid. The testaments are coming in two was. The first by way of Faith Rupp. 50 testaments then another 50 with Ron and Cathy King. We miss you both so very much. We are having our family Christmas this afternoon. It will be a house full. Thank you both again for your faithful service to the King.

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