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Leaving Suriname
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The next month flew by and suddenly our first Christmas in Suriname was upon us.  It was bittersweet since we were away from our loved ones.
 
We enjoyed the gifts that we got from our families which we were able to open together on Christmas Eve, but there is just something about being home for the holidays...
 
I spent the time off from school sick with a nagging fever...seems as though the enemy was up to his old tricks again....

Chtistmas Greetings...(Wed. Dec. 19, 2001)
 
Holy days Greetings!
                                    
                                    "And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of 
                                    the Lord shone around around them, and they were greatly afraid.  Then 
                                    the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good 
                                    tidings of great joy which will be to ALL people.  For there is born to 
                                    you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."  
                                    Luke 2:9-11 NKJV.  Thus the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy and 
                                    the genuine reason of why we are here in Suriname.  Thank God for what He 
                                    has done, what He is doing, and what He will do.  Patricia and I hope 
                                    that this finds you well during this holiday season.
                                    
                                    We have been extremely busy since we last wrote.  We are both in good 
                                    health and are enjoying the cooler temps that the rainy season brings 
                                    (in the mid-to-high 80's).  We have many praises that we would like to 
                                    share with you as this year draws to a close...we find ourselves in our 
                                    fourth month in Suriname and we praise God for the comfort and 
                                    protection that He has provided.  We are extremely thankful for every young 
                                    person that has entered our lives.  God has shown us that they are the 
                                    reason that He has us here.
                                    
                                    I teach Bible to the sixth graders.  Well, I have asked that you pray 
                                    for these students, and finally the prayers are being answered.  I have 
                                    put aside the regular curriculum and just opened up for their 
                                    questioning.  Through this, I have been able to share the Gospel on a daily 
                                    basis (the curriculum was moving TOO slowly for me--I guess I need to work 
                                    on my patience).  The students have really opened up and have shown 
                                    real interest in learning.  I have one Muslim, Sally; and one Hindu, 
                                    Piyush; that I pray for daily.  I realize that God is using me to "plant" 
                                    and "water" and that He is the one that harvests.  I am excited and 
                                    encouraged by their questions. This is a unique and sensitive situation, I 
                                    pray that one day that Sally and Piyush accept the fact that Jesus is 
                                    the ONLY way for salvation.  Another praise, some of my sixth graders are 
                                    actually volunteering to pray when we close in prayer! Please continue 
                                    to pray for all of my sixth grade students.
                                    
                                    Another praise is Monday afternoon Bible study.  Eleven different young 
                                    men have attended regularly during the first month.  This has been very 
                                    exciting.  The missionary kids here, have never really been active in a 
                                    true Bible study.  At first, they were apprehensive to answer aloud; 
                                    but now, they are getting comfortable and beginning to participate more 
                                    openly.  We have been studying the Book of James.  All of these young 
                                    men profess to be Christians.  I just ask God to challenge them to walk 
                                    in His light.  I request your prayers that God continues to use me in 
                                    this capacity, giving me the right words and wisdom to invoke spiritual 
                                    growth in these students.
                                    
                                    Tomorrow, (Thursday, December 20th), is the last school day before 
                                    Christmas break.  Patricia is busily preparing to take over the high school 
                                    Independent Study Program.  Joyce Park, the former supervisor, and her 
                                    husband Jim, are preparing to move back to Arizona.  We covet prayer 
                                    for their son, Michael, who will be graduating from the program on 
                                    January 10th.  He will be starting life in the States, which will be a huge 
                                    adjustment for him.  He is bottling up his emotions during this big 
                                    transition phase.  I have grown very close to Michael and I will miss him.  
                                    I just pray that God grants him a smooth transition into college and 
                                    that he is comforted by God during this time.  Please pray for Patricia 
                                    as she tackles this high school program head-on...the high schoolers are 
                                    not all angels.  Not all of her students are Christians.  Pray for her 
                                    and the students as she will be starting regular devotions during class 
                                    time.
                                    
                                    Over the break, we will be travelling to French Guiana to re-stamp our 
                                    visa and passport for residency purposes.  We ask for travel mercy.  
                                    Also, please pray for us during this holiday time, since we are away from 
                                    our families.  Patricia is in the holiday spirit, but it really does 
                                    seem like August to me!  I plan to work on my tan and get some serious 
                                    fishing done during the break!  Patricia will get caught up on some rest 
                                    and get the classroom prepared for the students' return.
                                    
                                    We are praying for you and we thank you for your continued prayers and 
                                    support.  We were able to buy a much-needed refridgerator this past 
                                    week.  I have also purchased some much-needed Teen Bible Study materials 
                                    off of the internet, so we thank you for helping us in this regard.
                                    
                                    As I close, I would like to share Phillipians 2:5-11, something Paul 
                                    wrote that defines the True reason for this season:  "Let this mind be in 
                                    you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did 
                                    not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no 
                                    reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness 
                                    of men.  And be found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and 
                                    became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.  
                                    Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is 
                                    above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of 
                                    those in heaven, and those on earth, and those under the earth, and that 
                                    every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of 
                                    God the Father."  Amen.
                                    
                                    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
                                    
                                    John and Patricia
                                    
                                    "We're Sick" Prayer Request...(Jan. 16, 2002)
Dear Friends,
                                    
                                    We hope that you are doing well.  Patricia and I have a couple of 
                                    prayer needs....and we do NOT want to sound any alarms...
                                    I was ill for most of the Christmas break.  I had a fever accompanied 
                                    with body ache.  I felt better for a few days, as we returned back to 
                                    school from break, however my fever returned.  I did go to the doctor and 
                                    they ran some blood tests.  I received the results today.  It seems 
                                    that I have a liver infection.  I am returning to the doctor tomorrow 
                                    morning and I will be seeing a specialist who wants to run some more tests.  
                                    I have been vaccinated against Hepatitis A & B, so I feel confident 
                                    that it is not Hepatitis.  I am just praying that it is nothing serious 
                                    and I ask that you pray the same.  It seems that the enemy is doing his 
                                    best to attack my health right I after I give glory to God for good 
                                    health.  So, after this, I don't think I will mention our good health in 
                                    future letters (ha ha ha).
                                    
                                    Patricia is ill now.  She has fever and diarreah, so we will probably 
                                    get her to the doctor too.  I ask that you lift her up in your prayers 
                                    and I'm trusting God to heal her, too.  This makes being a missionary 
                                    exciting!  We are in good spirits, and again (for parents' sake) we are 
                                    not trying to alarm anyone.
                                    
                                    Thanks for your prayers,
                                    
                                    John
                                    
With more prayers being lifted up, God
                                    healed us again,
 and
                                    there was nothing wrong with my liver.
                                    

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