We are quickly approaching the end of the 2016! Things continued to move forward here at New Life Baptist Church and ministries. Tim was able to fill in and preach the first two Sundays of the month for Bro. Autrey. He finished his series on salvation by focusing on the responsibilities that God gives us as Christians. You can listen to these sermons and others on the church’s website. We are also beginning to finish things in the fall semester of the school before exams. We have very much enjoyed teaching the students and investing in their lives inside the classroom, in the chapel services, and outside the classroom.
We had a great time celebrating Thanksgiving with the Autreys and their family. We are thankful for the Lord’s blessings in our lives. Often, we are guilty of taking for granted all of His benefits that He gives us daily. One of the things that we were very thankful for this month was Elena. We celebrated her second birthday on November 29. We are loving the opportunity to raise her and her brother in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. They are truly a gift from the Lord to us.
Thank you for those who have prayed and asked about our visas. The immigration office has three months to verify all of the documents submitted for the process. Tim’s three months ended in the middle of the month, but they still had not finished the process. He went to talk with them and had to legalize some of the translation work, but, later, we had trouble with the last step for Landon and Elena. Praise the Lord that Tim was able to talk with the right people this week, and Lord willing, he and the children will be able to finish their visa process next week before our trip. Please pray that we will be able to get the necessary documents for Stephanie during our trip to the states and that her process might go smoothly when we return.
We are excited about the few weeks that the Lord will give us to spend with our families this Christmas. Please pray for our trip as well as for Tim as he is preparing everything for his brother’s wedding in December. Thank you for all of your prayers and financial support for our family. We are grateful to God for the partnership that He has given us with you!
Psalm 103:1-2, “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:”