Family News – August 2017

On May 6th, we celebrated the marriage of our daughter, Emily, to Cody Hall here in Elkhart with all our family and many friends present. Cody is a missionary engineer at SonSet Solutions specializing in clean water monitoring systems for remote communities. In August, Emily also became a missionary with SonSet Solutions and will begin working part time in the finance department in September.  We are thrilled to have them in service with us.

This summer has been filled with activities including helping with vacation Bible school and providing housing for SonSet Solutions interns for five weeks. We also enjoy spending time with our two grandsons, Landon and Ian, before they move to Mexico.

Dan is working on many computer-related projects for SonSet Solutions and partner ministries. Much of his time is spent supporting the local office infrastructure which can be frustrating, but we know that without it, the ministry described on the other side of this newsletter would not take place. We are reminded of what Paul said in Romans 12: “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them …”

Barb is looking forward to helping with “Happy Day” Bible clubs in local public schools again this fall. For many children, these clubs are the only way they hear about Jesus Christ and their need for salvation through him.

Our son, John, who lives with his wife, Katie, in Indianapolis recently lost his job because the store he worked for went out of business. However within two days he had another job with better pay and work situation in another store! It’s hard for us not to worry about our children, but we see how the Lord provides for all of them.

Our daughter, Jenny, and her husband, Oscar, made a trip to Mexico this month to help with a ministry from a local church and to let Oscar’s family meet Ian, who is now six months old. After returning in early September, they will continue to raise financial support so that they can return as full-time missionaries to Mexico. Although it will be difficult for us to see them go, our desire is that they use their musical and teaching talents to bring a message of hope to the people of Mexico.

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