...the most encouraging aspect of living here in Missouri has been...
Last night as I was watching "Judging Amy" on television I
was reminded that the time has come to get back in touch with all those friends and family
members that Ive done a stinky job keeping in touch with. Unfortunately you will not
receive a new family picture of us ( the cast of the show took a family picture) however
my hope is to let you all know that we are so thankful for this year and the place God has
brought us. We feel in many ways that this is home, which is not usual for people who have
lived like us for the last few years. Working at the Language Institute has been great for
us but the most encouraging aspect of living here in Missouri has been in our relationships with our friends at church. Its
been so refreshing for me to think, "How am I going to live without these people in
my life if and when God sends us from here?". We are confident in going when God so
leads knowing we will be better equipped after fellowshipping with these believers.
I do believe when Jason and I first arrived at N.T.L.I Jason
thought he would work his way out of his job in the two years he was here. However, he has
come to the conclusion that he will have to be replaced if we leave . With this in mind we
have decided to stay here for another few years, until Nicholas turns five ( hell be
three in April) unless of course we cant. Im sure you are probably saying to
yourself, "Why couldnt you?", and the answer is of course, we cant
stay here if we arent supported. If you feel that our being here is not beneficial
we ask that you contact us, we want to hear from you. When we originally shared our desire
to be missionaries it was with the intent of ending up in Papua New Guinea - well we
arent there yet and I just hope you all are o.k. with that ( Jason assures me that
you are) but we really do want you to be assured that your support of our present ministry
is reaching those who have never heard the gospel of grace in lands far away. Let us know
what you think.
The kids are great. Krista is enjoying second grade much better than the first grade.
She writes beautiful poems, which isnt a trait she gets from me. Kali is in
pre-kindergarten at an excellent preschool in town. She still loves animals ( by the way
we have a bird and a dog ) and is very ready to go to all day kindergarten next year.
Nicholas, well hes two and hes my boy. He is much like Krista personality wise
but all boy. Thankfully it doesnt take much convincing for me to get daddy to take
him fishing or just outside to play. Jason and I, well were still in love and
Im glad about that. I praise God that he gave me Jason as the man I plan to spend
the rest of my days with. I KNOW he would say the same about me.
We love you all. Were very thankful you have invested in
our family and in the lives of those who still have yet to hear what Christmas is all
about. Merry Christmas and a Happy 2001!
We praise God for:
|Close and supportive friends|
Please pray for:
Missionary Feature Story of the Month: 1-30-2001
Ron and Rhonda Schafer in Virginia
Here are some things you hate to hear when traveling:
"It isn't on the map!"
"We believe we found part of your suitcase."
"No...the man you gave your bags to does not work here."
"Hey Bubba,,,you'll never guess where these folks think
Some things you love to hear when planting a church:
"Hey Ron, we're moving to Leesburg!"
Phil and Pam actually said those words about a month ago, and
they are now official residents of Leesburg! Phil has found a good job
they now reside in a townhouse in a nice section of town called Exeter.
Already they have been such a great, positive addition to our weekly
Bible study and we greatly appreciate their fellowship, friendship and
support. Besides his full time job as a supervisor, Phil will be...
(Feature Story Continued Here)
and Laurel Crockett
HC67 Box 67308
Roach, MO 65020
1000 E. First St.
Sanford, FL 32771-1487