Dear Friends, November 2016
As the Autumn season ends and winter sets in there is often the gloom that plunders in as well due to the cold, damp, and darkness that are a simple fact of winter. But as the change unfolds there are some bright, warm and joyful thoughts to ponder. There is the gratefulness that comes with Thanksgiving, the blessing of the Miracle of CHRISTmas, and joy of the Autumn harvest. The Lord allowed us to have a nice little garden this year, and it produced rather well. Our family was able to do some canning and freeze several things from the harvest. And on that note the Lord also allowed us to see the harvest of a soul as well this Autumn! Mr. M has been attending our services quite faithfully for around two years. After listening intently and several witnessing moments "Mr." concluded that he needed something more than a life-long cultural religion. One Sunday in September after the service he declared, “this is my moment—I need to get saved!” What a joy it was for all of us to see another soul snatched from an eternity without Christ in hell. Pray with us as we continue with discipleship and prepare for baptism. You might also be praying with us for others who attend but have yet to accept Jesus as their Saviour.
In October, the Lord allowed us to take some of our kids up to a joint youth rally that another missionary in Dublin was hosting. There were five independent Baptist mission churches represented which brought out over 30 young people. There were three young men who had each given up very promising careers heading into professional soccer. These three guys realized that there was something missing in their lives, and along the way each concluded through some witness that they needed salvation in Christ. This was a great testimony and challenge to our kids.
Lisa continues to improves slowly after the surgery. She simply needs to be able to have her system restored and her body to regain strength from months of chronic fatigue. Somehow by God’s grace she was able to manage to do her afternoon session at the annual ladies retreat that another missionary’s wife host for the ladies here in Ireland. Do keep Lisa in prayer as she continues with some follow up treatment. The kids are doing well. Kaleb and Kari pressing on with homeschool. Kaley is taking on line college classes as well as doing a diploma course in nutrition here in Ireland. Karissa is taking online classes as well and is also teaching harp lessons to a couple of young girls.
One other note for prayer and that is concerning our Christmas packet outreach. We are getting things ready and the time will be here before we know it. The guys who supply our tracts designed a great tract for our theme this year which is “Peace”.
Thank you for the special gifts that were sent to help with Lisa’s surgery which was denied cover by the insurance as being dental. We are thrilled and blessed to say that God has met this need in full in a marvelous way!
May the Lord find us faithful,
Don and Lisa Thatcher & Family