|Christmas Greetings from Oxford, England – 2014
It is almost the ‘day before Christmas’ and the wind is whistling around our little house in Oxford. Ky has been busy making Christmas eggnog and pecan pie. I even got around to making my mom’s favorite butter pecan cookies. We both had a nasty flu bug over the last couple of weeks, but thankfully we are on the mend as we prepare to celebrate Christmas with our son, Daniel, arriving on Christmas Eve from Los Angeles, CA. We have not had a family Christmas with him since 2010 so picture the house fully decorated and red Christmas ribbons flying in the garden!
We have had what can best be described as an ‘unsettled’ year in 2014. Ky’s mother continues to receive in-home hospice care in California and Ky has made a number of trips back and forth to help with her mother’s care. I have almost recovered from my second total knee replacement surgery back in August – the postoperative infections made the recovery process more complicated, but I am mending.
Since our last update in August there have been several ministry developments to report:
I spoke at the Annual Compassion Forum in Springfield, MO on the topic Holistic Mission: Lessons from Asia and Eastern Europe.
One of my book projects, Theology, Mission and Children: Global Perspectives, was published by Regnum -an imprint of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies in October.
I was invited to the Lausanne Global Forum on Children at Risk, held in Quito, Ecuador. The Child Theology Movement is planning a theological symposium in Latin America for August 2015 to be held in Quito.
We convened a small international symposium on Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation at OCMS in November. Sixteen scholars and practitioners came to work out the themes and content for a new book that integrates theology and exploitation.
We trust that each of you will have a wonderful Christmas Holiday with your family and loved ones. Thank you so much for enriching our lives through your expressions of love–prayers, friendship and ongoing financial support.
God’s best to you always,