Friday, November 23, 2007

A New Blog by Chris and Frank

Friends, this is something totally new for us! But . . . we don't want to be old codgers who can't keep up with new trends. Communication has changed so much since we were young missionaries that just keeping up with everything new is a challenge. But we're willing to try.

Today is the day after Thanksgiving. We had a lovely day yesterday with our daughter and her family. Frank's mom was with us too. Laura and I collaborated on the food, and it was pretty good, even if I do say so myself. Turkey, etc. I noticed that in the prayer calender, My Utmost for His Highest, the verse for Thanksgiving Day was I Corinthians 10:31, "Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." A great verse for a day when we can count our blessings, and a reminder that we mustn't leave God out of any aspect of our lives.

What did we give thanks for? Our family, our warm home (it's been really cold outside here in Oklahoma, almost as cold as it is in Berdyansk in Ukraine), all the wonderful people who have supported us financially and prayerfully through our long years in India, our missionary friends and colleagues, our home church here in Oklahoma, good health . . . . . . This list could be endless because God has been so good to us.

We especially thank God for the leadership He has given in our lives as we change missionary fields from India to Ukraine. Our financial needs to get to Ukraine seem like a huge mountain, and sometimes we can get discouraged about ever getting there, but we're sure this is His will for us to make this change. Pray for us and ask the Lord to touch people's hearts for the needs of the church in Ukraine.

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