Nancy and I wanted to pass along a special Christmas greeting to you, our partners in ministry. Thank you for such a wonderful year together and it is with much anticipation that we look forward to 2018! We have a couple of exciting things to tell you about for the New Year and we’ll do that in our January post. For now, we just wanted to say Merry Christmas!
About the picture… this is just down the road about one kilometer from where we now live in the community of Hermanus. It’s where we do life and church planting while also leading our Southern Africa ABWE teams and missionaries. The Christmas decorations in our community… well, they very much reflect the simplicity of the season here. The malls are decorated in splendor, however, this neighborhood tree made us chuckle. We call this our “minimalist tree.” After all, how many Christmas trees do you know with only one bulb and an old CD hanging from the tinsel? But then again, who’s really looking at the tree with the ocean and the mountains this close by?
The Christmas season has also given me as well as the other Mountain View pastors the opportunity to once again preach our “Anticipation Series.” This is always a highlight for our churches as it is a revised version of what some refer to as Advent. Our four words this year are glory, light, grace, and truth. What a joy to preach the Gospel and retell the unforgettable story of our Savior’s birth.
Merry Christmas and all our love to you and your family!