Selamat datang and Merry Christmas to you and your family! We hope you are having a great holiday. This past year has been an amazing year of transition for our family from New Zealand to Malaysia. But the goodness and grace of God has followed us to this new land. We home that goodness and grace is all over your life also.
When the Lord called us to New Zealand and now Malaysia, our family came as a team and we knew we all would have to make sacrifices, even the children. So we wanted to dedicate this newsletter to our littlest missionaries, Hannah, John Jr., Christian and Daniel.
Let’s start with Daniel, our little guy with the handsome smile. Look out for him in a GAP Kids catalog coming soon! Daniel’s 3 years old and is an action packed boy, always trying to keep up with his big brothers. He is the family comedian, always laughing and making the family laugh.
This year has been a year of transition for Daniel also. He moved from diapers to “Spiderman underwears” and from a small bed to sharing a “big boy” bunk bed with Christian. A few of his loves are watching “Kung Fu Panda” (he prefers Viper), having water fights in the side yard (as long as he has the hose), snuggling with Mom and Dad and eating anything Chinese, Indian, Italian, Mexican! Let’s just say this boy eats a lot.
Christian also loves reading his children’s Bible, performing “freestyle” on the piano, playing with his Fisher/Price “Little People” (just like Dad 35 years ago) and building forts out of the couch pillows.
And next is John Jr who is now 6 years old. He is such a thoughtful soft spoken boy with a sensitive heart. Johnny as call him is in kindergarten at Dalat International School and absolutely loves it. He’s made many new friends from Korea, USA, New Zealand and Malaysia. The other day I asked Johnny his favorite classes at school and he said “Lunch, playtime and nap”! Amazing, those were my favorite subjects in school.
Some of Johnny’s passions are kicking the soccer ball, playing Sonics on the computer, baking with Mom (seriously!) and smimming at our friend’s pool. Watch out Michael Phelps, Johnny swims like a fish!
And last but not least is Hannah who is 6 years old. What an amazing, beautiful and GROWING girl. Where did my little girl go? Hannah is in first grade at Dalat and has made many new friends there. After school she plays on a soccer team, goes to Brownies and has friends over to play.
Hannah loves spending time with her best friend Sabina (from Philippines), having sleepovers, drawing, reading Junie B. Jones books, playing Webkinz on the computer and swimming also.
Our life as missionaries has been filled with challenges, but it has brought our family incredibly close together. Thank you for helping us bring the great news of Jesus to the Malaysia, and for being such a blessing to our family. Hannah, John Jr, Christian, Daniel and Cindy and I say a huge thank you!
Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. We pray that 2009 will be the greatest year of your life! God bless.