19 November 2012 (Newsletter for December 2012 and January 2013)
Dear Friends and Partners,
The angel spoke of “good tidings of great joy” (Luke 2:10 NKJV) as he announced the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Coming to the end of 2012, we also rejoice in the fact the He was born. First, as a Man, who was affected by the world around Him and, second, as the Son of God who, in His own body carried our sins, sicknesses, and pains. The Prophet Isaiah said this about the coming Messiah.
“He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. (4) Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted. (5) But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. (6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, everyone, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:3-6 NKJV).
As we approach the time when we celebrate the birth of our savior, let us not only remember the joy of birth, let us also remember the purpose for which He came and that was to save people. The writer of Hebrews wrote, “…we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15 NKJV). He came to die as the bearer of sin for all of us so that we might be free from all guilt and condemnation. It is our sincere desire for all of you that you enjoy, celebrate, and remember why we who believe in Jesus have so great salvation.
From a “news” standpoint, we want to let you know what has happened since our last letter. We had our “One Day Believers Conference” in Morrisville, Vermont in October. This was the eighth year and we had the largest attendance in the history of the conference. The Holy Spirit moved tremendously and many were touched, both spiritually and physically.
On a more personal level, yesterday (the 18th of November), Sherry’s youngest brother, Tommy, died and went into the presence of the Lord. Early last week, he suffered a stroke and had severe physical damage to his brain. We remember him fondly and ask that you pray for Sherry and her family in this time of loss.
You will note that this is our final letter of 2012 as well as the first letter of 2013. We will not begin any extensive travel again until February. Eugene had successful cataract surgery and is rejoicing in his new vision. God has been truly faithful to do all that we have asked during this time that we have taken for rest and healing. We want to thank so many of you who have been such great blessings to us financially and materially.
Eugene & Sherry