Warm Greetings, 12/16/1994
We had several inches of very wet snow again last night and now the fence posts have rather tall snow caps. Everything is white and beautiful and we are enjoying the beauty that changes the scenery every day for us.
This year, God allowed us to meet beautiful brothers and sisters in the Lord whom we did not know before and they became special to us. Ralph and Sandra Simon and their household, Joseph and Marie Tolbert and many more from the I'SOT community in Canby, California, Fred and Catharine Vanderhoof from the Headwaters community in northern British Columbia, Canada. Also Shelly's relatives from England and Michi's relative from Japan came to visit us, and we had a lovely time.
Shelly has been with us for two years now, and we are glad. Gabe Burke left after living here three years. We have warm memories of Franko DeMario, who is a German, Jerry McKay, an native American, the Hindalls and Johnsons. There are so many people who came and spent time with us, and we miss them all. The other day, Dolan said "Wouldn't it be nice if all the people who came stayed?" Yes, it would be. Again and again we are told that God our Father is in charge and the only thing we need to do is to trust and obey.
Dolan has been with us since last April. He is a 15 year old Korean orphan who was adopted by a couple in Spokane when he was five years old, but has problems bonding with them. Dolan is scheduled to be with us until Feb. 1995. He is a part of us and we are going to miss him, too, when he leaves.
Pat came home from Germany in the middle of July. Pat told us that at a Hutterian colony, a little boy came to him and asked him if the heavenly Father gave him a gift to speak now. He knew Pat before he left for Germany and he also knew that Pat did not speak German.
After he came home from Germany, Pat went on a long trip with Philip Gross from the Espanola Hutterite colony. They visited Amish, Hutterite and Mennonite people in the eastern United States and Canada; all together about 10,500 miles in seven weeks. Pat hopes to be traveling again soon.
Naomi is not too well these days. The medicine for the arthritis caused to have ulcers, and by stopping the medicine, the arthritis started to act up. She is usually in good spirits. We pray she will be healed of all her ailments and be happy.
David wanted to finish his schooling and so he moved back to Seattle this summer. Don and Michi are all too busy it seems, but God grants them good health and they are fine.
We pray God will
continue His blessings upon you and that you have a happy Christmas and the New
Year with the Lord.
Don, Michi and Naomi Murphy