Family Update... November has come and gone and Christmas season is upon us. We have our tree up, started our shopping, and planning our Christmas break. Last night the girls had their Christmas performance at the school and it was such a wonderful performance. The entire Elementary school 1st-5th took part, and shared the gospel through their performance. Our three girls were a part of it and did a fantastic job. Mia had a speaking part, while Naomi and Eliya didn't want a solo or speaking part. If you would like to see the performance, you can see it here. https://youtu.be/_N6ieKPVbVM . This month Andy took part in another half marathon, ran it in 1:35, not too bad, but he had to go to the doctor because his Achilles have been giving him some problems. Megan is busy with school things but looking forward to some rest and cookie making over Christmas break.
Thanksgiving... We had a Thanksgiving party at our house this last month. It was a good turnout. We had around 25 people show up. We had our Team Expansion team members, the Klines, along with 4 other families. It is always interesting having a Thanksgiving party with Japanese, and seeing their reaction to turkey and other traditional foods. We enjoyed getting to know our friends more and sharing Jesus with them.
Trip to the nursing home... Andy took the Kindergarten to a local nursing home this last month. It is always a blessing to take the children to perform at the nursing home. This time Andy was the emcee and delivered a gospel message to the elderly people in Japanese. The children sang five songs and gave the elderly people hand made crafts and a BIG basket of fruit.
Parent Bible Studies... The parent Bible studies continue to be a great opportunity to share God's love with the parents of OCSI students. This month, we have had several opportunities to invite people to our studies who are in need of some parenting help or desire to understand the Bible more. Andy is taking the next few weeks to teach about Christmas and Megan is teaching about the importance of discipline.