Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas from Karl and Debbie

Debbie and I are writing this from Edmonton, Canada where we are here to celebrate Christmas with Karl's parents. As you can see we are "enjoying" the -18C (0F) temperatures, the beautiful snow and the crisp, cold air. Having lived in Phoenix the last 10 years, we are no longer used to real Canadian winters. We fear we have become "winter wimps".

In order to toughen up, Karl went on a 2km (1.2 mile) walk in the Mill Creek Ravine with his Dad this afternoon. He figured there is nothing like a long, refreshing, brisk walk in the snow to make one feel like you are in the middle of winter! Debbie, decided that the best way to remember winter is to stay inside! You can decide who made the best decision!

We are glad to be able to be with Karl's parents for this Christmas. Donovan and Hyesun are spending their first Christmas as a married couple in Korea. We are looking forward to spending some time with on Christmas Eve via that wonderful thing called "Skype". Those of you with friends and family scattered around the globe know what I am talking about.

Debbie and I want to wish you a wonderful Christmas and a blessed 2010. We are so grateful for our friends and family around the world and for your prayer, support and partnership in the adventure that we have embarked on this past year. These past 12 months have not only been encouraging and filled with tremendous opportunities, but have also challenged our faith. We are so glad that we can do this as husband and wife -- but also with so many of you who have told us your are praying for us and standing with us.

May God richly bless you during this time where we remember the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Merry Christmas
and a
Happy New Year