Here we are at the last month of 2016! It's so hard to believe that this year is almost over. Since it is the first Friday of the month, we want to take a little time and share our December schedule with you so that you will know what we'll be doing, and know how to better pray for us and for our ministry. Thank you for your continued prayer and support!
Home for Christmas
Though this is not in order, we need to start with this one because it is a pretty big announcement. On Wednesday, December 14 our family is flying back to the United States for an extended period of time (at least six months, but possibly longer). We will be in Tennessee with Lindsay's family from December 15-28, then will fly to Southern California on December 29 to spend some time with Grant's family. After that, we aren't exactly sure. We think we will be in California for about three months and then back in Tennessee for another three months. Our ultimate goal is to get back to Sweden, but we want to complete our transition from short term to long term missionaries well. We have been trying to make that change this year while being in Stockholm, but we have been advised by Converge, our sending organization, to be stateside for a while to raise more support, catch up with our current supporters, visit churches, REST, and work on a plan for future ministry in Sweden. If you'd like more information, you can read a more in depth explanation HERE.
On Saturday, December 3, Lindsay is hosting a tea at the apartment for women who have become special to her. Being a mom makes it a little harder to spend time with friends, so she invited about 50 women that she would love to spend more time with. A little less than half have said that they will be able to attend. She's looking forward to good conversations with some really wonderful ladies.
Pray for these 50 ladies, even though you don't know their names. These are great women from all over the world. Some are Christians and some are not.
You know when you see someone at church and you say, "We've got to have you over for dinner soon." And then weeks go by and it hasn't happened yet? Well, we've had a few of those conversations over the past two and a half years. So on Sunday, we have invited over some of those folks to have a light lunch with us and enjoy some Christmas treats. We already know that when everyone leaves we will be saying, "Why didn't we have them over sooner?" But at least it's a step in the right direction!
Pray for those that are coming to lunch. All have moved to Sweden from other countries and are working hard and trying to learn a new language and culture and find a good community of people at the same time.
We will have our last Life Group on Wednesday, December 6 at our home. It's sad that we will be leaving this group because it has just started, but we believe that the people who are part of the group can keep it going.
Pray for the Wickbergs, the Claessons, the Wedemalms, and the Duodos. Pray that they will continue to come together everything week and share life together. Pray for the musicians that are part of one of the worship teams at New Life, that they will continue to work as a team and that they will be bold and confident with the musical talents God has given them. They are such a blessing to New Life.
Dinner with the Dunns
One of our very favorite families that we have gotten to know in Stockholm is the Dunns (Brian and Caroline and three daughters). They are American missionaries who moved here a little over a year ago because they felt called to be here. They left great jobs, churches, families and friends and have embarked on a very faith driven journey. We think the world of them and couldn't have made it through this year without their friendship, prayers, support, and lots of talks over a cup of coffee/tea. We are going to miss this family, but will continue praying for their ministry and hope to see them on the Seek Listen Walk (Caroline's devotional that Lindsay has been working on) book tour this summer.
Pray for the Dunns as they work with churches in Stockholm (Click HERE to follow and/or support their ministry). Pray for their three daughters as they attend Swedish school and shine bright in classrooms with very few Christians.
Gospel Choir Concert
On Saturday, December 10 & Sunday, December 11, New Life's Gospel Choir will be performing. Swedes love gospel music, especially during the Christmas season, so it is a great outreach. There are actually three non Christians that are in the choir. It will be a fun time of worship and a great last weekend for us at New Life.
Pray that these two concerts will bring many to New Life who have never been to church before. Pray for the three women who are in the choir who are not Christians, but who sing the songs and hear the messages. Pray that the words will become real to them.
Saying Good bye
On Sunday, December 11 after church, New Life is having a Goodbye Party for us. New Life has become our family and saying goodbye is going to be very hard.
Pray for us as we say goodbyes.
Parent Group Christmas Party
The day before we leave, Lindsay will be leading her last Parent Group and what better way to leave than with a party. She's looking forward to a fun time with friends (her friends and Ollie's friends). Hopefully everything will be packed and ready by the party, so she can relax and enjoy being with these special people.
Pray for all the moms, dads and kiddos who attend the Parent Group. This group has been a blessing to our family and I know it has been a blessing to many others too so pray that the group can continue and that there will be enough leaders and helpers to make it happen each week.
After the 14th we will be away from the computer for a little while. We need some rest, some good family time, and we are so looking forward to introducing Oliver to all of his relatives. Thank you for your prayers! Merry Christmas!