Christmas in Asia

post date: December 18, 2014
Dear Praying Friends,
We're onĀ  our way to Asia!
By the time you read this we'll be in the air. We fly from Dallas to San Francisco and then on to Hong Kong where Josh and Knox will meet us. Knox is very excited to travel with his dad to meet G-Pa and G-Ma. Then we'll travel together by train, plane and bus to reach their home where Leah and Violet will meet us. We're excited to spend Christmas with them this year. We hope you'll pray for strength and health (two things we don't take for granted) and for God's blessings upon every part of our trip.
Speaking of this season of the year, here is our family Christmas card:
Christmas Pic 2014
 
We had this picture taken at Nick and Sarah's wedding last July. Given how we are spread out between Dallas, Chicago, California, and Asia, it's a small miracle to get everyone together in the same place at the same time. Don't know when that might happen in 2015. If it does, we'll take a picture--fast!

Ripples

For the last two weeks we've been asking our friends to take 3 minutes and 24 seconds to watch our year-end video called Ripples of Hope. In it you'll learn how God is using KBM around the world, including a simple plan to reach 50,000 people by providing 100 pastors in Asia with good biblical resources. The video mentions that we need $100,000 by the end of the year so that we can launch out in a big way in 2015. We're happy to report that through the generosity of our friends, that number has now dropped to $74,000. We hope you'll take 204 seconds to see what God is doing through this ministry.
One quick testimony. A few days ago we received a note from a pastor who is facing some big decisions. After Ray wrote him, he wrote back and said this:
Thank you for your note. It was very encouraging. I read it and thought, "He really does get it." Then I printed it out for my wife, and she got a little choked up reading it. Part of your ministry these days is to encourage pastors, and you definitely did it this time.

Thank you for being part of the Keep Believing Prayer Team. Let us know how you are doing and how we can pray for you.

God bless you! It's time for us to go to Asia.
Merry Christmas!
Ray and Marlene

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