some thoughts on Christmas, Moi at war, and our lives

Our Reason for Peace, Love, and Joy

Dear Family and Friends,
The ole' cliche this time of year is "Jesus is the reason for the season".  Actually, beyond that, He's the reason why we live!  John writes, "All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life, and the life was the light of men." (John 1:3,4)  Paul says it this way, "In him we live and move and have our being." (Acts 17:28a).  Jesus himself says, "I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."  (John 10:10b)  Not only is our spiritual life rooted in Christ, but our physical existence as well!  It's amazing to think that He, who once was a baby, deserves all praise and honor.  (Col. 1:18-20) 

We've often missed celebrating Christmas with our families, so this is a special time for us to be home.  We have so much to be thankful for.  It's been so encouraging to see so many of you during our travels.  You've shared our joy with us we presented all that God is doing to save and sanctify the Moi people.  It is taking a worldwide team, members of Jesus' body, to see them reached.  Your "partnership in the gospel" through your prayers and giving have made this possible.  Thank you. 

Sharing with friends in Richlands, Virginia

Once more we find ourselves wholly indebted to the Lord for giving us the privilege to serve Him.  This is our reason for being home, to speak of Jesus, who first loved us.  In serving Him we get to witness the wonderful power of His gospel to transform lives.  God sent Jesus to not only pay for our sins, but also to bring us into a relationship with Himself whereby we can finally experience the "abundant life" that Jesus spoke of.  That's good news.

Because of Jesus we wish you peace, love, and joy this Christmas.

By His Grace,
Rich and Karen Brown
Atalee, Alyssa, and Ashlynn

Tribal War
Keep praying for the Moi

Over the last few weeks there has been an inter-clan war that has involved some of the Moi people and their neighboring tribe, the Dao.  Our fellow NTM missionaries in the Dao tribe have reported that Dikoimee, pictured with Rich here, was almost ambushed and killed.  He made a profession of faith last fall after our last evangelistic Bible teaching.  Thankfully, they did not shoot him because one of the believers who was with him was not part of the clans at war.  They did not want to risk killing Ketaya as well.  This kept them from actually letting the arrows fly that had already been drawn. 

We've heard from our coworkers, the Crockett's, that some Moi have been killed, though we do not know who.  Please be praying for the Moi and Dao believers during this time of trial.  Both us and the Crockett's are unable to be there with them at this time.  We realize that even if we could be there we could not stop the killing.  Once again we realize that it is God who must be their strength and protection.  Please pray for peace from war and peace in the hearts of the Moi and Dao believers who are caught in the midst of this.

New Experiences

Last week we had a chance to go to Milwaukee and ice skate at the indoor Olympic training facility.  It was a first time for the girls.  They did a great job and we had a blast together.  This is just one of the neat things we've been able to do during out time back. 

Some of the other neat opportunities include piano lessons for Atalee, flute lessons for Atalee and Alyssa, and recorder lessons for all three. 

Karen has been homeschooling the girls still, which has worked out nice with all of our travels. (for a schedule of our travels see our blog)  The girls favorite school day is Monday, when they get to join a bunch of other kids during homeschool group.  There they get to participate in some sports, crafts, and music. 
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