DECEMBER 13 UPDATE FROM GIFFORDS:
Dear supporters and members of our supporting churches,
This is an email to thank you for your prayers and your donations in November. Thank you so much!
We are still fairly on track with regard to our regular support. And the big news of course is that the project to help the Ebenezer church of Jojutla, Morelos rebuild after the earthquake surpassed its $25,000 goal within a week and a half! It now has over $27,000 so it is time to close this project. Thanks to all of you who gave to this project in October and November!
Our craziest ever home service is winding down. Earthquakes, falls down stairs, the extra Mexico team leader responsibilities...it will be a relief to get to Mexico! I am already getting my seminary course syllabi ready, as I will jump into teaching right away after we get back.
We are grateful we were able to visit most of our supporters. Unfortunately but understandably, some did not have time for visits, and some did not respond to our attempts to contact them. But we gave it our best shot. We also discovered that some people give their checks for our ministry to their churches, which means they don't get listed in the donor reports we get from the mission, rendering their donations invisible to us. This is fine, but we are not sure what we can do so that we recognize their gifts personally.
For our prayer concerns: see http://giffmex.org/prayer.requests.html. Make sure to bookmark that page. We try to update it each month.
Thank you again for your support and prayers, words of encouragement, hospitality, and also for the opportunities to preach, present and do children's messages at our churches! Blessings to you in Jesus Christ,
Dave and Blanca Gifford
Christian Reformed World Missions, Mexico City
Resonate Global Mission
Engaging People. Embracing Christ.
A Ministry of the Christian Reformed Church