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Saturday, January 16

Donna Dong, Inter-Varsity, Canada. Donna will speak on “Witness: One Heart + One Mind” at the annual mission conference of Grace Chinese Church, North York, during three meetings, Jan. 29-31. Pray for God’s presence and that the church would be further empowered and equipped to take part in Missio Dei (Mission of God), bearing witness to Jesus through concrete word and deeds amid COVID.

Ann Chow

January 12

I joined the Indigitous team in March, and delved into a network of Christians who are involved in the tech industry. What a growing community of believers with a passion to utilise their gifts for God's kingdom. When we started a hackathon focused on issues faced on the mission field, called Hack4Missions at Urbana 2015, the idea of building technical solutions to address current global issues, and develop tools for missions and evangelism has remained strong, and gaining traction!

We worried that there wouldn't be a desire in 2020 due to Covid-19, but boy were we wrong! Our host teams were already brainstorming how to run virtual hackathons. Since people could join regardless of their geographical location, we increased from 36 to 60 host cities, with 1000+ participants working together on 90 projects over 2 weekends, from 141 cities!

A highlight for me was our check-in call with our host cities together each weekend. Click here to watch the video and meet our amazing city hosts and participants. The global nature of this event was astounding; Indonesia and Ethiopia had the highest number of participants, praise God!

1 Cor. 12:18 and 26:
But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

An incredible perk of my ministry, has been the opportunity to meet
wonderfully inspiring people from around the world. I believe God has created us with uniquely spiritual gifts to bless those around us. I feel called to amplify their message, through Instagram Live interviews (SUPER fun chats!).

My hope is that you will rejoice in our stories, along with us.

I started a new YouTube Channel for those of you who don't have Instagram.

Please Click below and subscribe to my YouTube channel! 

Xerggyo and Hil

January 7

Xerggyo and Hil will be spending a month or more in Mexico since they were required to leave T due to immigration regulations. Hil has not fully recovered from her serious operation and Mex has a high Covid contagion, but they have few choices. Please pray for travel and health safety. They are very sad to have to leave their friends but trust that this will be temporary.

Paul and Mary Beth McLean

January 2

Happy New Year! We hope you are well, wherever you are serving God.

The McLeans continue to enjoy God's daily grace and blessings. You can read some recent updates about my work in 2020, click below: 

Damian Hilario

December 29

Damian was a former KWM worker in La Union Mexico. He seeks prayer for his COVID ravaged family.

Our whole family is very sick due to COVID. Lencho, my brother is really bad. He is having problems getting his breath. Yesterday he vomited up all his supper, but this morning he is even worse. After a tea (with his pills), he vomited close to two litres of stuff.
Early this early morning, we went to Clinica San Jose in Huauchinango, but they won't hospitalize him due to his bad COVID condition. It is terrible to dose him the drugs at home since he's extremely weak.
Hopefully, he'll keep something down in the next few hours. It is imperative.

My father [Jose] started treatment for COVID just in time, and he's getting better...

My brother Lorenzo is even worse. He also has COVID.

I'm fine, but I'm daily close to my father; hopefully, I'll be ok.


If you would like to learn more about Damian and his father, click below: 

Jim Mason

Click below for our latest prayer bulletin.

Jack and Mary Anne Voelkel

December 27

Treasured friends:
Many of you have faithfully prayed with us as we seek to reach out to our neighbors (a challenge during COVID); so we thought we'd give you a little update! We especially wanted to find a way to love on them this Christmas, but wondered what we could do that would be special, appreciated and meaningful?
As we thought and prayed about it, it occurred to us that we could gift each neighbor with some of the delicious homemade Danish cookies from recipes that Mary Anne learned to make in her childhood.
So it was that our kitchen became a miniature bakery! Every counter and container seemed to overflow with "Finsk bread," pecan patties, thumb prints, and more! Then, one Sunday afternoon, we filled 25 Christmas tins with freshly baked cookies plus some chocolates and hand delivered them to our neighbors, door by door. We also brought along a loving personal letter telling about "Mary Anne's Danish Christmases" and her journey to find Jesus, who is the heart of it all!
You can catch a glimpse of Mary Anne packing up the tins below, and we have attached a copy an actual letter we gave to one of our neighbors, if you would like to read it click below.
What happened?
We visited 22 household (34 adults) that Sunday afternoon. Almost every single person was at home and their response to our visit was so heart-warming. Many found ways to chat with us safely, at a distance. Six neighbors felt free to share with us a current, unexpected struggle with some overwhelming issue: two have cancer, two are fighting chronic infections, one dear woman just discovered she has Alzheimers and is devastated, and, finally a distraught father shared his heartbreak over their special needs child who is totally out of control. Four of those six welcomed our heartfelt prayers for them right there on the spot!
Since then, we have not only followed up on those in need, but for the first time, our neighbors have reciprocated with precious letters, calls, or small tokens of appreciation, often left at our front door. It feels like a precious and God-given next step in a community that so needs interpersonal relationships and support, but has been so reticent to reach out to one another.
Please continue to pray with us that God would use our "homemade" attempts to care for our neighbors, to grow meaningful relationships and to use our love and words and witness for His Glory.
Please pray too for Jack who is struggling with persistent and painful sciatica, making it hard for him to stand for more than 10 minutes or walk more than 50 feet. He has an MRI scheduled for January, but urgently needs a healing touch from the Healer Himself! 

Christmas 2020






We wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year from all of us. May the joy of the Lord be yours!!! --Mahona and the kids


Dave and Rani:
As we remember this special time when God gave his Gift of Jesus Christ, we are reminded of another great gift: that of friends like you who are faithful in praying for the work each one of KWM workers. What a gift He has given to each of us—the promised of answered prayer.

May the inner peace of Christ comfort you in the midst of uncertain darkness. May the challenges of these times remind us to be about His work while He gives us the time. Let’s focus of that time when Jesus will come again in triumph.

Dom Goold:
Wishing each and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas! May the challenges and limits of 2020 not be the only way this year is remembered. I am thankful for the friends who have stepped closer, for the learning about myself and for the healing that Jesus also offered and is offering in the midst of it all. I pray that together we will sense the leading of Holy Spirit into whatever 2021 may hold. Blessings to each of you, and Happy New Year!
Love, Dom

Warm greetings in our loving Lord!
A stretching year, but as Sylvia reminds us (letter below): "... I would ask for each of you enough stress to keep you growing in your knowledge of and love for Christ." :) The peace and strength of Christ be with us all!
Some of you may find this letter a little confusing as I sent out a request for contributions on behalf of of Diana who has been writing the Knox monthly prayer bulletin. And as well, I earlier sent out a request for your contributions to this usual Christmas "Round Robin" letter for Phase IIs. Bits of some contributions ended up in the monthly prayer bulletin as well as here. Trust you find yourself in the one, the other, or both! :)
The Zoom idea for a Christmas gathering of Phase IIs did not materialize as there was little response this time. Doesn't rule out possibilities in 2021!
Emmanuel! He is with us!
Love, Norine

Elaine Esser:
I just want to say thank you to all for praying for me. My hands have both healed nicely and I am gradually getting more function in my right hand.
I am grateful to the Lord for His encouraging leading and guiding and provision in this challenging year.
My first challenge came with a fried computer cord and almost all stores in the city in lock down! There was one tech repair shop open in the city and he did have the needed cord!
The surgery on my right hand was delayed until August and then the right hand was done in October. Both my hands have healed nicely and the function is returning to my right hand.
The Lord provided me with neighbors and friends who drove me to appointments and made certain that I had groceries and meals.
May the Lord encourage each of you with His Word and His faithful daily care this Christmas Season and throughout the New Year. God Bless.

Diane Dadian:
This has been one challenging year for almost everyone, and esp. for Diane. The whole household (4 generations) moved out of Toronto, and in addition to the stresses of a move, there have been health complications. Pray for God's hand to strengthen and encourage. Called Diane a month ago, and her response was cheerful and positive.

The Byerleys:
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas. May God's love watch over you day by day as you greet Him.
"Shout for joy, you heavens, rejoice you earth, burst into song you mountains? Is 49:13.
Rejoicing, Fern and Glenn

Jim Mason:
Things go on much as normal. I am not locked in my house, I go walking six days a week in Conestoga Mall, do any shopping at Zehrs - Loblaws – on the way to my car. I have a friend of my daughter whose parents live next door and drops in a couple of times each week to see how I am doing. She makes me a cup of Ovaltine. Occasionally I am at her parents place for a meal. Each weekend I go to my Daughter Heather’s in Guelph for dinner.
Church over Zoom is not very worshipful, but I listen to many programmes by Ravi Zacharias over You Tube, and listen to various programmes on Vision on Sundays. I do lot of reading, some time it is books I have had for years and not read but also getting new ones over Amazon. These are often loaned to a friend where I go for coffee on Mondays. I also get books form him. We are the same age and theologically are in agreement.
I made my famous hamburgers for Christmas gifts, doing 10-11 lbs at a time for about 66 hamburgers, they are given in dozens. I have made two batches thus far, but no longer is it possible to have hamburger parties with 6-8 people.
I have just prepared and sent my recent prayer letter and family news, If you would like to see it let me know and I would happy to forward it to you jimsmason@gmail.com
May the Lord bless you this Christmas Time. It will be so different from anything you have known. Hopefully, well into the New Year we will begin to see some relief and freedom to go to a restaurant and the variety of other things presently restricted.

Barbara Rahn:
The Lord has blessed me with good health, kind friends who phone, and a car that takes me to various destinations. Please pray that I will stay well. Please pray for my sister Carol who currently is receiving Chemotherapy for cancer. She is having some reactions to the drug. Pray she will cope and the drug will be effective. Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to all!

Pamela Stedman:
As I enter the 85th year of life, my desire is to continue to serve the Lord sharing His Word with others. For many years friends come weekly to study the Word together. With the covid crisis things have change in the retirement complex where I live but God is faithful.

John & Deborah Bowen
John and Deborah are grateful for good health and the ability to continue in work and ministry. John taught the church planting course at Wycliffe College this fall, and coaches young church leaders weekly; Deborah will be teaching Postcolonial Literature at Redeemer University in the New Year—all on Zoom, of course! Deborah is also working on a project combining poetry, environment, and faith, which she hopes will turn into a book. And John has two books due out in 2021, God is Always Bigger (a collection of articles and sermons—one from Knox!), and The Unfolding Gospel (an introduction to church, discipleship, and mission). In their spare time, they see their (four) grandchildren as often as they can, and enjoy walks on the wonderful trails around Hamilton.
Blessings! John

Mary Jane Fandrich:
You don’t say….. My word…..Well, whadaya know………
All idioms expressing uncertainty of a given observation, and inviting a response or explanation.
Unexpected slowdown from an uninvited adventure with a heart attack and the concomitant acquaintance with many
cardiologists (it’s hungry time in the medical industry too), and numerous stops in their places of business; amazing nurses,
good at reassurance, and wonderfully efficient at meds and taking samples. And what of it all? The stent is doing fine, and
you’re healing. Just give it time and keep it up. The cardiologist assigned by my primary physician in Toronto was of the
old school, the only one who really knew his business. It takes time to acquire insight and intuition that don’t come of
reading books and consulting the internet. However, all being said, slowing down has some distinct advantages.
Dallas will be my location through the winter, and likely my base until it’s safe or wise to return to Lebanon. Next
summer the people in the Toronto area will command some of my time, care and presence.
Which is to say:
The best thing ever heard: In the beginning was the Word…and the Word was made flesh and dwelled among us.
When they saw the star they rejoiced a great rejoicing, and came and worshiped Him, a babe in a manger. Whadaya
know, say it again, Go Tell It on the Mountain, shout, shout, God with us.
May you all be blessed hugely, Merry Christmas.
Mary Jane

Margaret Roth:
Trust this finds you well as the news keeps showing Toronto and surrounding areas in
challenging times. Unfortunately it has now entered our retirement residence and
we have been isolated in our rooms or apartments for the time being. I’ve had a bit
more excitement than most as last week I woke up soaking wet with water dripping on
me from the ceiling. Apparently the roof was leaking right over my bed. My bed is now
in my cozy ( small ) living room while they decide what to do next . As I am not
planning any big parties currently there is enough space to have the bed there.
With all the shortages in PSWs I see many different ones , a whole lovely United
Nations, and even in their brief time some are either believers or willing to talk.
I just pray God gives me the right words at the right time.
The staff here are working short staffed with lots of extra work being locked down.
They are doing a good job but it is telling on them, they need help and this virus
to be stopped in the residence. That’s what we need everyplace, though, isn’t it?
How reassuring that Our Heavenly Father is in control and knows our needs.
Our nation needs to turn back to Him and follow Him and He will heal our land.
... my very best wishes for a healthy, peace filled, blessed and joyous Christmas
season as we celebrate the true reason for the season, the incredible sacrificial
gift of the birth of our Lord and Savior.
Have a blessed Christmas,
Margaret

The Morrises:
Don Nicol and Norine Love visited with David and Angela in Fergus in October. Good, brief time of sharing and prayer, updating about their family and ministry. It will be so good when we can get together again in the flesh and hear what is happening in our lives.

Eleanor Crabtree
January 27th I am moving to Seasons in Owen Sound. I would appreciate prayer for the move, and all that has to be done before the move.
I give thanks for a woman from the church who is helping me with packing and disposal of things I no longer need. Thanks!

Sylvia Dresser:
Dear friends, Dec. 2020
May JOY be yours as we remember Christ’s first coming and look forward to His return!
My history project has involved reading letters we wrote while in Irian Jaya in order to pick out bits that belong in the history of the church. I came across this in a letter Ken wrote to our children in1987. It seems appropriate for 2020!
“I’ve been reading ‘Ordering Your Private World’ by Gordon MacDonald and I am hesitant to wish for you “blessings” –this is what I read today –‘What will it take to force us into disciplined cultivation of our private worlds? Will it require an experience of severe suffering? That is what history seems to say: those under pressure seek God. Those smothered in ‘blessings’ seem to drift with the current. And that is why I question the word blessing sometimes. Surely something is not a blessing if it seduces us away from inward spiritual cultivation.” So I would ask for each of you enough stress to keep you growing in your knowledge of and love for Christ.”
My year has been notable for two joint replacements. I think they count as ‘stress’ though the end result is the blessing of keeping me mobile awhile longer. My left knee was replaced Feb. 27, just before so many things closed down due to Covid. My children were here to help for a time, and I had done a lot of meal preparation ahead of time. My children have decided I should not be doing a 4 1/2 hour drive to the cottage by myself, so David and Jennifer took me up and stayed a week, then a friend came for a week and then Mark and Joyce came for a week and brought me home. It was a hot summer here and was much cooler up north. I was a bit frustrated that I couldn’t paddle my canoe, or even swim easily due to a bad shoulder. I might be getting old.
I expected my shoulder replacement might be delayed due to Covid, but it went ahead as scheduled on Oct. 5, and even though some of my children couldn’t come to help due to exposure to people who could be infected with Covid 19, I had help for the time that I really needed it. I have just started driving again. I’m still slowly working away at the church history, and wondering why I tackled this project.
Mark retired from his job and got another that keeps him as busy as he wants to be, without a daily commute. He has enough flexibility that he was able to help me get a new refrigerator when the old one was making puddles on the kitchen floor, and then the dishwasher started puddling on the floor so he got and installed a new one. Jean’s physiotherapy clinic was closed for a time by the government until it was decided that physiotherapy was an essential service. Since she is dealing with the general public, she doesn’t come here, but Ayman has come a couple of times to drop off groceries.
David has been doing his work from home, and Jennifer has been working on the frontlines at a downtown clinic. She cooked up quite a few meals that helped with the problem of shopping and cooking.
Andrew has had some deterioration of his kidney function so he has kept very isolated. George is able to do some of his medical consults on line but is at the hospital part of the time. Nancy is hoping to finish her studies this year, mostly on-line. The grandchildren are doing quite well coping with the present situation. Most are working or studying from home. One lost a job.
In this time of Covid stress, many around the world are seeking Hope and finding it in Christ, whom to know is life eternal! Rejoice!

Eleanor Crabtree:
One of my favourite things about this time of year is hearing news from friends.

This has been a very different year. Just before the lockdown I drove to Meaford for Beth Huddleston’s memorial service. It was good to see so many friends at Knox and visit with Merv and Marg. Something also prompted me to stock up on groceries, so I was well supplied for the first month. My elder from Central P.C. and family did shopping for me at the beginning. After things let up in the summer, I did do my own shopping, wearing a mask of course, and keeping distance from others.

During the time of isolation, I have done a lot of knitting” two children’s afghans, 16 pairs of socks, 11 cowls and a scarf as well as 10 teddy bears. I am currently working on an afghan. I also began to order things online and do my banking online. Ths Jagt family kept in touch by Zoom on Sundays. For some reason, the sound on my computer is one-way. I can hear them, but they can’t hear me, so I use chat. I have kept in touch using e-mail and phone. There have been a number of Zoom meetings as well. I am thankful for technology which helps us keep in touch.

The isolation and a fall in my bathroom the night of October 3rd has prompted me to think about moving to a Retirement Home where I can get more care and not be all alone. Usually, I don’t mind being alone, but all this isolation has been a bit much. On January 27th I am moving to a one-bedroom suite in Seasons Owen Sound. My suite is at the end of the north wing on the third floor. My bedroom windows face east and north, and the balcony faces east. The suite has a kitchenette, even though they supply three meals a day plus snacks. A college classmate, Ruth Miner, is also living on the same floor just down the hall from me. God is good.

Now I have to dispose of most of my furniture and kitchen things. I am moving from a large two-bedroom apartment to a small one-bedroom. I will keep my coffeemaker and kettle and a few dishes. I have been playing the piano during the lockdown, relearning pieces I learned as a child, and so I am keeping my piano, but not a couch. I have a lounge chair and a rocking chair as well as a few other chairs.
I am thankful to Gloria Gavin, a friend from church who has offered to help me pack. She has taken several carloads to Value Village and Missions. She is more organized than I am and urges me to get things done now. She is just the kind of help I need, an answer to prayer.

I have no plans for Christmas other than watching services from Central Presbyterian on Christmas Eve. I have lots of Christmas CDs, and it will be good to have time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. God chose to come among us in the person of his Son, born in a dirty stable, never owning a home, but teaching us how to live. His horrible death on the cross has provided the forgiveness of our sins and life everlasting, as we give our lives to him.

I will miss my friends and family in Burlington & Hamilton, but I am looking forward to my new home, being closer to my brother and sister-in-law, Merv & Marg Knott. I know many people in Owen Sound, so it is like going back home.

My cell will remain the same: 289-382-9520
My e-mail address will also remain the same: elcrabtree34@gmail.com

We hope that with the vaccine, that next year will be a better year, but in the meantime we continue to be careful. Wishing you God’s blessing in 2021.

Waye and Helen Hancock, Threefold Ministries:
On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of Threefold Ministries, thank you for coming alongside us as we seek to respond to the needs of our community in Los Medranos in new ways. We know you have many demands on your prayers, concerns and finances through this challenging time, so your support is so significant and encouraging to the Board, administration and most importantly to the community.
I know firsthand the impact each and every supporter has on the ground in Nicaragua. My family and I had the privilege of living at Skylark and being a part of the Los Medranos community for 3 years. My son was in the first class of the Best Start in Christ Pre-School and still feels a part of that community. The civil unrest of 2018 and now the COVID-19 travel restrictions have prevented our family from making planned visits to Skylark to support the work being done there, as many others with hearts for the community have been prevented. But I know the Ministry is flourishing and having ever greater effect in the community because of the staff's creative and thoughtful response to the additional challenges.
With your support, we are making a difference in the lives of the Los Medranos community. With your support, Threefold Ministries is responding in new and more sustainable ways to the needs identified by the people of Los Medranos. Thank you. From the Board of Directors, from the staff here in Canada and on the ground in Nicaragua, and from the community of Los Medranos, THANK YOU.

Gus and Marliese Ketola

December 23

The day after Gus and Marliese arrived in Switzerland and met her mother, her mother died. She had Corona 19. Today we went to her senior’s home to pay last respects.

Mary Jane Fandrich

December 21

Alive and arrived, in Dallas.
After a little muddle at the check-in desk at United, (there was no one in the place to check in but me) and the lady must have been up all night, everything ran smoothly from Toronto to Washington, DC. Amazing fields of thick snow below in Pennsylvania, but no snow in Washington DC or at the airport.
Best part: another wheelchair passenger was seated beside me for the ride to Dallas, and she let me know right away in difficult English, that she had flown from Cairo and she lives in Dallas (or Plano) and has family here, and LOVES Christmas, because her American neighbors are so nice and visit with her all the time. "Are you a Christian?" No, emphatically. So God has set me down beside a modern Muslim Egyptian woman. We shared pictures of family, and she had a lot of beautiful next generation girls to show off. My repertoire is all boys, and she said
David is "like me", and wanted to know what he does, Doctor? All middle easterners want their sons to be engineers or doctors. Having flown from Cairo via Frankfurt, DC now to Dallas she finally succumbed to jetlag and fell asleep. We exchanged names and phone numbers.
God is busy, and He never lets up.
So pray for me as my ministry to Muslims opens up here in the Dallas area.
Wisdom please, and then some more wisdom!
Following Jesus is more than exhilarating. It's Christmas, Shout, shout God with us. 

Sylvia Dresser

December 20

May JOY be yours as we remember Christ’s first coming and look forward to His return!

My history project has involved reading letters we wrote while in Irian Jaya in order to pick out bits that belong in the history of the church. I came across this in a letter Ken wrote to our children in 1987. It seems appropriate for 2020!

“I’ve been reading ‘Ordering Your Private World’ by Gordon MacDonald and I am hesitant to wish for you “blessings” –this is what I read today –‘What will it take to force us into disciplined cultivation of our private worlds? Will it require an experience of severe suffering? That is what history seems to say: those under pressure seek God. Those smothered in ‘blessings’ seem to drift with the current. And that is why I question the word blessing sometimes. Surely something is not a blessing if it seduces us away from inward spiritual cultivation.” So I would ask for each of you enough stress to keep you growing in your knowledge of and love for Christ.”

My year has been notable for two joint replacements. I think they count as ‘stress’ though the end result is the blessing of keeping me mobile awhile longer. My left knee was replaced Feb. 27, just before so many things closed down due to Covid. My children were here to help for a time, and I had done a lot of meal preparation ahead of time. My children have decided I should not be doing a 4 1/2 hour drive to the cottage by myself, so David and Jennifer took me up and stayed a week, then a friend came for a week and then Mark and Joyce came for a week and brought me home. It was a hot summer here and was much cooler up north. I was a bit frustrated that I couldn’t paddle my canoe, or even swim easily due to a bad shoulder. I might be getting old.

I expected my shoulder replacement might be delayed due to Covid, but it went ahead as scheduled on Oct. 5, and even though some of my children couldn’t come to help due to exposure to people who could be infected with Covid 19, I had help for the time that I really needed it. I have just started driving again. I’m still slowly working away at the church history, and wondering why I tackled this project.

Mark retired from his job and got another that keeps him as busy as he wants to be, without a daily commute. He has enough flexibility that he was able to help me get a new refrigerator when the old one was making puddles on the kitchen floor, and then the dishwasher started puddling on the floor so he got and installed a new one. Jean’s physiotherapy clinic was closed for a time by the government until it was decided that physiotherapy was an essential service. Since she is dealing with the general public, she doesn’t come here, but Ayman has come a couple of times to drop off groceries.
David has been doing his work from home, and Jennifer has been working on the frontlines at a downtown clinic. She cooked up quite a few meals that helped with the problem of shopping and cooking.
Andrew has had some deterioration of his kidney function so he has kept very isolated. George is able to do some of his medical consults on line but is at the hospital part of the time. Nancy is hoping to finish her studies this year, mostly on-line. The grandchildren are doing quite well coping with the present situation. Most are working or studying from home. One lost a job.

In this time of Covid stress, many around the world are seeking Hope and finding it in Christ, whom to know is life eternal! Rejoice! 

Rosemary Walker

December 19

, Hi from Montreal , where we are well into winter. Brrrr. I’ve managed to avoid the last three Canadian winters, but not this year.  I’d like to wish you all a very blessed last few days to the Advent season and a Merry Christmas in the joy of our Lord!

I’m pressing on with my final assignment in the few days left to the year and my career with AIM. If I haven’t finished the editing by New Year’s, I’ve told the mission that I’ll finish it up in January. Not much else to do these days anyway, is there? Looks like I won’t be going to Toronto for Christmas with brother David as I had hoped. He is not allowed out, and I wouldn’t have much to do there at the moment with the city more or less closing down.

Thank you all for your love, support, friendship and prayers through yet another year as I’ve transitioned from teaching in a Bible College in a village in Tanzania back to living in two places in Montreal and serving on the home front for my last surprise assignment as a full-time missionary with Africa Inland Mission. I’ve had a great year, really, despite all the unexpected events, rapid farewells, the trip of a life-time to get home (flying east to Dubai, then west to Montreal), living near Mount Royal, and finally settling back into my own place here in St-Laurent. My main prayer request for now - aside from finishing my missionary career well - would be for my Korean friends, John and his wife to have a blessed Christmas wherever they spend it, whether in Ontario (where they finished their courses this week) or here with me here in Montreal, before returning to Korea at the end of January. It has been an unusual year for them here in Canada as well, for sure.

This morning, if free, you’d be more than welcome to join us at ten a. m. for our bilingual Christmas Fellowship of the Friends of Africa here in Montreal.  

My Cup of Cold Water Project Fund is still functional, so any gifts sent to the mission for this project - at least until the end of this month - can still be sent through to Africa to be a blessing there from afar. Nassa Theological College and its students are always grateful for assistance, of course. I recently heard that the house purchased with the help of a Canadian church for NTC is now renovated and inhabited by a staff member and her husband are now living in it. Praise the Lord! And just this evening, I read an email from a former student thanking me for a modest gift I sent to help her start a small cottage industry. I think she wants to sew and sell things.

This Advent and Christmas season, and heading into 2021, let’s all be encouraged by the first words of the angel to the shepherds, as they are for us all, “Do not be afraid, fo, behold, I bring you glad tidings of great joy, which shall be for all the people!” 

Dave Jeffery

My second book, ‘Teach me to Number my Days,’ is a collection of sermons, chapel talks, and other writings that span the last 24 years of my life. The title is based on Psalm 90:12 (NIV), “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

‘Teach us to number our days’ is a literal translation of a Hebrew idiom that essentially means ‘teach us how short life is.’ I hope that, just as God blessed people through these talks when they were originally presented, they will be a blessing to each and every person who reads them in the future.  

Don MacLeod

Rev. Dr. A. Donald MacLeod's, A Presbyterian Requiem, A Canadian Pastor Reflects on 50 Years of Ministry

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