Our Monthly Mission Update

To all our dear friends,

Once again it is the season to rejoice and to put our focus on the wonderful news that Jesus our Saviour was born.  We see this reflected in all the smiles we see and the Christmas greetings that are exchanged.  We experience this as we have family gatherings and special events.  What a wonderful time of year.

Just looking at our calendar for December, we can see that the 5 of us getting together to celebrate the season in special ways is really big for us this year.  We kicked off the events with an unbeatable Christmas concert with Michael W. Smith, who was joined by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.  Their sweet music, and his great songs were made even more special when they had the 2000+ audience join in on a number of Christmas carols.  That certainly was a night that will not be forgotten.

Last Saturday, Eric & Esther came back over to our place again so we could engage in some of our great Christmas traditions.  This year, I turned over the lights to Eric & Glen and they lit up our tree.  Jill prepared cookie dough, which was then attacked by fancy cookie cutters and then baked.  For the following 2 hours, we all had fun as we used icing sugar and food coloring to decorate our cookies and made them into masterpieces.  The evening ended with watching “Santa Clause” with Tim Allen.

Now on Christmas eve, we will have a pizza party and our traditional Christmas eve movie, “The Muppets’ Christmas Carol”, with Gonzo as Charles Dickens, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy as Tiny Tim’s parents, and Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge.  When we take the kids home, we will slowly wind our way through neighbourhoods and look at all the dazzling Christmas lights.

On Christmas Day, we will gather all 5 of us again, plus bring my mother over from her senior’s residential building.  There will be a few gifts exchanged, but not many this year, as we want this year to focus more on family and events to celebrate Jesus.  But I’m sure Jill will cook up a great dinner for all of us.

And then, on Monday the 27th, we will add in one final event.  The five of us will head to the theater and watch the newest Narnia movie, “Voyage of the Dawntreader”.  We are really excited about that, and can hardly wait to go see it.
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This December has turned out to be quite an exciting one for all of us.  But the New Year will see us having just as exciting, though different kinds of adventures.  On January 2nd, Norm will fly to California to help teach a week-long missions course at a Christian university.  Our mission, Pioneer Bible Translators, likes to take its Introductory & Orientation Courses to other Bible college campuses when it can.

Norm returns from California on the 8th, and then basically turns right around in nineteen days to start his long trek over to Papua New Guinea.  He will be gone for nine weeks on this trip, from Jan. 27th to March 28th.  Jill will follow him on February 1st, and then return a bit earlier on March 14th.  We will tell you more about the upcoming trip in our January update.

So much to do……and so much to be grateful for.  Remembering Jesus and his miraculous birth who came to give His life for us.  And then the opportunities for us to give our lives back to Him in our service for Him.
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Please be praying with us then on these important points:

– in all our celebrating, to still keep Jesus first in our thoughts
– that Norm will be ready to teach his class portions in California
– that Norm will maintain good health and have the energy to teach
– that all the consultant prep work can be done before going to PNG
– that Jill will be okay to let Norm fly alone to CA, as well as PNG later
– that our boys will continue to do well at their Graphic Arts Design school
Finally, we give thanks once again, for all of our dear friends and churches which support us through prayer and financial donations.  As Paul would say, we are all partners in the gospel together, taking God’s Word to the ends of the earth.

Merry Christmas to all,

Norm & Jill Weatherhead
Pioneer Bible Translators