It is December 23rd and we are experiencing gale force winds in Wales and Southern England. It’s a good day to be inside making Christmas goodies and reading Facebook Christmas greetings! Thankfully we planned on being ‘home’ this Christmas and we aren’t trying to travel internationally over the holiday.
Since sending our last communiqué in October, Bill has maintained an overactive travel schedule. The sudden death of a dear friend and cousin meant an unexpected trip to Denver in early November. This was followed with a trip to Hamburg, Germany to speak in a Human Trafficking Awareness conference, then to Addis Abba, Ethiopia for a pan-African conference on theology and children. The next trip was to Cyprus to consult with the European Freedom Network which links many organizations in an effort to end trafficking. In mid December, Bill went to Budapest to work with a committee of AGWM leaders who are developing a skills training matrix for our missionary personnel in Europe. Ky continues her spiritual direction and various contemplative practices with a growing number of people. Prayer retreats, spiritual formation and healing for the hurts of the soul mix with the more mundane grocery shopping, homemaking and financial quarterly reporting. Some things are certainly more enjoyable, but all are necessary! We are glad for the life we live and happy to be together for a quiet Christmas.
We will enjoy some truly English traditions such as Christmas ‘crackers’ and Christmas pudding during a visit with friends on Boxing Day. And no British Christmas dinner is complete without the traditional serving of Brussels sprouts – yesterday we went to an outdoor market and Ky found the real deal! Although we are still debating the need to go native where sprouts are concerned, homemade pecan cookies and pecan pie will be an ongoing tradition in our home. We want to wish each of you, our family and friends around the world, a wonderful and memorable Christmas. We hope this will be peaceful holiday for you!