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Saturday, January 16, 2010

UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER

Should we come to the States? We normally try to visit our family and support group at least every three years. Life events sometimes change this. The present economic crisis in America is one of those moments, so we would appreciate your input on this question: should we spend the extra money for long-distance traveling to report our progress here, or should we use that time and energy back here in Italy?
We plan to make a flying trip to the States for our family anyway, but a couple of weeks would cost considerably less than a full three to four-month criss-crossing the country. We also have good reasons to be in Italy this summer.
We hear from you, our support group, that churches and individual Christians across the country are facing radical shortage and comfort-threatening changes. So we wish to be especially sensitive in this time.
Would you mind dropping us a line to give us your thoughts, please? If you have already done so, pray with us that we'll make wise decisions.
Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson's little 94-page modern parable is about facing change in life and still finding life's deepest satisfactions. We found the Italian version right here in Matelica and shared it with one of our people who is going through incredibly difficult financial crises. Without being religious, the book's principles reflect God's reality and control our world, hence also the power of living in harmony with God's creation. After all, it was His idea! To begin to see how the great God of the universe is in control helped our brother enormously. If you are going through deep life crises, or know someone who is and whom you might help, you might like to check out the book (G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York) 1998. If pushing a "secular" book scandalizes, then consider it a parable. Remember: we serve the best parable teller in the universe, so we should not be surprised if someone comes up with one more parable that captures the essence of dealing with change in our work and in our life.
Thanksgiving with Americans at Ancona. No, Italy does not observe Thanksgiving; it is a strictly American tradition, so we drove down to the coast to celebrate with our fellow Americans who, as Christians, are launching a church in Ancona.
Proof-reading book. November has been proof-reading month for Harold. Working in harmony with the original author of the book and the publisher, he has been busy checking for periods printed upside down, straightening out inverted commas, trying to catch errors before others do, etc! We are praying that this study will have a double impact: encourage people to work together on both "sides of the keyboard", as we are, and encourage unbelievers to accept the challenge to take Jesus seriously as Savior and Lord.
Thanks for your prayers: Enid recovered from the flu that kept her down at little more than two weeks. She is back at work.
Thanks for your love!
Harold and Enid