Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Petersons’ Prayer Guide - January 2008

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind….Love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:37-38

As we begin a new year, I want to learn more of what the above verses mean and have them worked out practically in my life. I’ll be praying the same for you.

Well, Christmas has come and gone for another year. I hope yours was as enjoyable as ours. It was lovely to be able to get together with friends we don’t often get to spend time with during the year. We spent Christmas day just as a family, and it was fun and relaxing. I enjoyed having everyone’s help in the kitchen. Gary did a great job of cleaning up afterwards too. (:

We asked you to pray for our contacts with teachers and neighbors. There were some good interactions with quite a few of them, and I trust that we can make time during the year to build on these. Pray especially for our relationship with a Muslim family who live nearby.

Both of our kids were able to work for part of the holidays, so are grateful for the income that brought to them.

This past month we were surprised by an offer from supporters of a substantial gift to help us in our ministry. We both felt that a more reliable vehicle was the highest priority right now (our latest acquisition has some problems that we can’t easily or inexpensively fix, but it has proved to be a good temporary solution). God put it together for our friends to purchase a car for us from another Wycliffe couple who are soon returning to the field. Praise the Lord with us for this amazing provision of a 1998 Honda Accord that we pray will serve us for many years.

December was a great month for Gary. Tons of kids come through Wycliffe and the feedback was most encouraging. One of the many highlights came during the “Christmas Around the World” program. 441 people took part in it over the two days. Though it was primarily aimed at Christians, a Boy Scout troop showed up on Saturday (saw the ad in a paper). From their answers to Gary’s question, “What is the true meaning of Christmas?”, it was obvious they didn’t know. But before the day was over, they heard a clear presentation of the gospel. He had a chance to follow up with several of the Scouts afterwards, too – wow! There was even a Buddhist lady from Asia who was thrilled her kids learned about the true meaning of Christmas. She said all she and her kids knew of Christmas since coming here was what her kids learned in public school. We pray that God will continue to speak to all those who came. Thanks so much for praying!

January schedule – so far. No doubt there will be more groups coming than are currently scheduled.
7th – School and college resume for the kids.
10th – Josiah turns 17
11th – A-Z Adventure - Cornerstone home school group
14th – Church of the Palms seniors group
17th – A-Z Adventure - Regency Christian Academy
18th – A-Z Adventure - Christian School & a Home School Group
24th - A-Z Adventure - Two different schools
25th - A-Z Adventure – Two different schools
25th - Robyn’s birthday
29th – WordSpring is a local polling place for the 2008 presidential primaries. It’s a 12+ hour long day for most of us. Pray we will be a witness to the community as they come in. We can’t directly talk to them about our ministry unless they specifically ask. Last election, out of 1,100 voters, over 200 did ask, so we got to share with them.

May God’s richest blessings be on you in this brand new year of 2008.

Warmly in Christ,
Robyn & Gary Peterson


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