Ky and Bill Prevette

Prevette Update – Christmas 2009

December Update and Greetings for a Merry Christmas

 Immanuel – ‘ God with us’

Jesus came with the good news that God is not a God who hides himself, that God is not a God whom only the philosophers may know, that God is the God who at all costs desires to be known, and who in the most costly way has revealed himself to all.

                                                            — From The Mind of Jesus by William Barclay

 Ky, Daniel and I send you greetings and prayers for a wonderful Christmas season. I write this update after returning to Florida after many weeks of travel. We are looking forward to our time as a family over the Christmas holidays and hope you will enjoy Christmas with your loved ones, too.

I have spent most of the last 7 months traveling and have logged about 60,000 domestic air and road miles since beginning itineration in May. This has included over 130 meetings with pastors, business leaders and foundations, speaking in churches and on university campuses.  Many are increasingly aware of the needs of at-risk children and youth around the world. Fundraising has continued to be a challenge but we are making steady progress. In November, God began to open some unique doors to us and as a result we have now raised about 85% of our needed financial commitments. God willing, Ky and I will relocate to Oxford in late March 2010.

Ky has been able to join me on a few of my trips, but continues working in the registrar’s office at Southeastern University. Daniel is finishing his first semester as a junior at Southeastern. He added acting roles in the play, Enemy of the People, and the musical, Jane Eyre, to his theatre repertoire this fall.    

 We appreciate your prayers for the completion of our fund raising and finalizing the many details of making another international move. We will continue travel and speaking until departure.  This particular assignment differs from all previous ones in that Daniel will remain stateside.  We know he will be fine, but please pray for Ky as she will miss him considerably in her day-to-day life.

 These are important days in the work of the Kingdom and God is leading His church into a greater comprehension and response to the vulnerable and marginalized our world. I have been speaking on the theme ‘God’s mission of hope and reconciliation in times of uncertainty’. Recently a friend reminded me of the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem written in 1863 during the American Civil War, later set to music as I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day:

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
And in despair I bowed my head:
‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said
‘For hate is strong, and mocks the song
Of Peace on earth, good will to men.’
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
‘God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.’
Till, ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

We appreciate you and wish you a wonderful holiday season with your friends and family.

 Bill, Ky and Daniel Prevette