In less than two weeks we will head to NJ to spend Christmas with my family. I am really looking forward to seeing them again. Before we depart on the 13th, we will spend a long weekend with Matthias’ family starting next Thursday the 8th. I am looking forward to that as well.

The last few weeks have been rather quiet but very good, especially since Matthias has given several presentations at various churches about our future work in Japan. Today we received the wonderful news that we already have four prospective partner churches that will support us financially.

This past Sunday we traveled to a church near Frankfurt and had a wonderful time giving a presentation about Japan. The people were so friendly and kind to us. At first I was so nervous about traveling to speak at so many German churches but it’s turning out to be lots of fun and I especially love meeting so many warm, loving, and encouraging Christians of all ages in the churches.

In the afternoon (on Sunday) we stopped by a Latin American church in Frankfurt to see our new friends. They are from Columbia and we met “randomly” at the Wittenberg church where Luther is said to have nailed the 95 Theses. After the church service, we had a great time together. We walked to the Christmas market in downtown Frankfurt, enjoyed a delicious Thai dinner, and we spoke 90% German all evening! It felt a little odd to speak German with Colombians, but it was good practice for us all. Frankfurt was a neat city with a real skyline with lots of fancy, modern lights and holiday displays. ‘Twas a nice day.

With our sweet Colombian friends in Frankfurt

with ladies at the Latin American church (the lady in the middle is from El Salvador!)

Matthias and I are getting really excited about the prospect of going to Japan in 2012. We are hopeful that we will return by next spring, but we leave that in God’s hands. We are greatly looking forward to a wonderful holiday season and what 2012 will bring!

Happy Holidays!

With Matthias in Basel, Switzerland (2009)