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McClung News Journal
November '02
How It All Started...Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6-Big Day
Page 7-Dengue
Page 8-Recovery
Page 9
Page 12
End of First Year
Back in 'Nam
September '02
Better Sept
October '02
Autumn '02
November '02
Dec/Jan '03
January 2003
Feb/March '03
April '03
May '03
Trinidad Trip
School's Out Again
Sept. '03
Sept. Part 2
Oct/Nov '03
Nov '03
Dec '03
Jan 2004
Feb/March '04
April/May '04
Leaving Suriname

Another Thanksgiving in Suriname had come and even through our trials, we had much to be thankful for...

Happy Thanksgiving Greetings Dear Friends,

"Praise the Lord!  Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!  For His mercy endures forever."  Psalm 106:1   Ah..the Thanksgiving memories.plump, juicy Butterball Turkeys, tart cranberry sauce, steamy mashed potatoes and gravy,yum...the hot rolls with melting butter, and delicious desserts!  And don't forget the football games and family gatherings, and falling asleep on the couch. True Thanksgiving blocks out the selfishness we have and ushers in the sincere spirit of gratitude, love, and genuine joy.  What do you have to be thankful about during this annual event?  We have much to be thankful about!
It is hard to believe that we are about to spend our second Thanksgiving here in Suriname.  I know that I will be missing my mom's and my mother-in-law's yummy cooking, however Patricia and I plan to share the holiday with all the other teaches at our principal's house.  We will have
the traditional meal, complete with chicken rather than turkey.  Turkey is hard to come by in the tropics.  We will sit around and talk and laugh at shared stories-no football games here-but we will still share in
the spirit of gratitude.  Be thankful that you will probably be with
loved ones this holiday.  Our parents will need your prayers since they
become nostalgic around the holidays.

We've been pretty busy during the month of November.  Our little dog, Doby, was finally released from the vet's care.  I AM VERY thankful about that.  We were visiting the vet on a weekly basis.  God has touched
out little one and has helped him recover quite nicely.  His little brown eyes are nice and shiny again.  They are pretty much unclouded now, to our relief!  So, now it is Patricia's turn.  Lo and behold, it is her
turn to have Dengue Fever!  Yes, Patricia began feeling bad 2 days ago.  When she described her symptoms to me, I knew immediately what she had.  I had Dengue last October.  We went to the doctor last evening and the doctor agreed with my prognosis.  Patricia also has a throat infection, but she is a real trooper.  She has had the last 2 days off from school
to sit back and relax.  We got her some medicine and she is resting comfortably.  We just ask that you pray for her quick recovery.  Dengue causes fever and severe joint pain, however she has complained a lot less than me.

Another prayer request, continue to pray for unity-Satan continues to stir up dissention among certain Christians in our community.  This frustrating situation could jeopardize the entire school accreditation process.  It is essential that our school receive accreditation for our students' sake.  It is so sad how Satan deceives individuals. PLEASE pray for God's intervention and that His will be done accordingly in this situation.  "Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ."    2 Corinthians 2:14.

Please continue to pray for teachers on our staff and be praying about teachers for next school year.  Also continue to pray about teacher housing for next year.

We have a praise-Patricia's girls' bible study is going extremely well.  The girls are actually hungry to hear God's word and they eagerly anticipate the next study.  Volleyball and our other bible study continues to go well too.

Patricia is in the process of organizing the class trip this year for the 11th and 12th grade students.  Pray for this process.  The students have been working extremely hard at fundraising for this endeavor.  There are limited fundraising activities here in Suriname.  Pray for God's guidance and direction in choosing the destination for the trip.  Also, pray for the spiritual component of the trip.  We have asked a few close friends to consider joining us on this trip. We ask that you pray for God's direction for our friends' availability.

I have just updated our website with pictures from this past summer's travels.  Please check these out by clicking on the link.  Who knows-you might see someone you know!

In closing, remember to take a time of quiet reflection upon this past year and use this annual reminder to remember that God has given and He has been ever so faithful.
We pray that you have a wonderful holiday.  Please send us any prayer requests that you may have, so that we may pray with you.

Also, it has come to our attention that some of you have requested support forms to help us out.  If you need an updated support form, simply contact us and we will email you one that you can print out from your

Thank you for keeping us in prayer.

Joyfully Serving the King,

John and Patricia

Dec/Jan '03