We thank God for His love over this past year. It was a year when we had many encouragements in the work of FML. Many children were enrolled on our lessons and more lessons were printed and shipped. Bibles were distributed and we had many opportunities to share in new venues and Churches where we hadn't been before. The market was steady all year round and we thank Him for that. We enjoyed our trip to Kenya in July and thank God that He opened up a new office for us after a few years of searching. We were also delighted to visit Uganda for the first time and thank God for our new friends there. While we welcomed baby Joseph into the FML family, we said goodbye to my much loved dad.
In my home there hangs a little calendar which goes back many years. As a child I remember it hanging on the wall in my grandmother's house. There are two little dogs on a see-saw and I used to enjoy making them go up and down. The words at the top say "Life's full of ups and downs, but keep smiling". There have been many ups and downs this year. Many times when we have smiled, many times when it was hard to smile. But in every situation, God has been with us.
We look forward to a new year. A year when we can come closer to God. A year when the work of FML can move forward in it's efforts to see boys and girls saved. A year which we hope will see plans take shape and dreams fulfilled. A year which we pray will have more ups than downs. A year when we have assurance that God is still with us, even if the downs come. A year which we trust will be lived for our Saviour and count for Him.
Thank you to those of you who have prayed for us throughout 2013. We continue to value your prayers as we enter 2014. May we wish you and your family a peaceful and blessed New Year.
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