It is in the Christmas season that we are reminded once again that God is with us. He has not abandoned us and left us to our own devices. He is with us even now, ever present. One of the things to remember is that God is often found in the midst of or in the work of His people. There have been several reminders of this in our lives over the past few weeks.
The first reminder was at Kyle & Tiffany Scheller’s wedding in Reno on December 17th. They are great friends of ours and it was a honor to perform their wedding. Unfortunately I was still in school at the time so the trip had to be brief, but it was an awesome experience. What a blessing to see a young couple honor God with their relationship and through their wedding. It was evident by the ceremony, the reception, and all of the toasts that this is a remarkable couple and God is living in them.
Another reminder was that a local church, not even the church that we are attending, decided to “adopt” all of the students at SMAT who are married and have children. I simply came to school one day and I was told that a church would like to bless my family over the Christmas holiday. So, the pastor’s wife stopped by last week and dropped off a few presents for Adelina, some holiday decorations, and a few items to fill our pantry. It was such an unexpected blessing. They said, “We appreciate what you are doing and how you are preparing for the mission field, and we just want to be a blessing to you while you are still here in the U.S.”
The last thing has been the fellowship that we have experienced with friends and family. We spent some meaningful time with Jessica’s mom and step-dad. We had some great conversations and they got a lot of time with Adelina. Some of Jessica’s close friends in Reno threw her a surprise baby-shower and it was a tremendous blessing. Jessica was able to stop by Summit over the weekend as well as during the week to see some of our friends in the office. And, I had a great flight out to Reno and I just so happened to be on the same flight as Josh Ortiz.
It is amazing to see how God weaves all our lives together and He uses each of us as vessels of His love and grace. It is our prayer that you would experience Emmanuel, God with you, during this holiday season and spend time with friends and family.