Janus was the Roman god of transitions. With his two faces he stood in the gate of time and looked with one face toward the past and one toward the future. He gave his name (according to some) to the month of January since this is the time of year we like to januflect—evaluate our past and make adjustments for the future. If you are praying for us, this is a good post to read to understand how best to pray for our ministry and family.
We hope you are enjoying a wonderful Advent season in anticipation of the coming of our Lord and hope you have a blessed 2018. Enjoy this greeting with a short photo overview of our year while Jana (piano) and Elisabeth (violin) play “A Song from Secret Garden.”
We had a beautiful fall in Slovakia this year and snow as early as Nov 1. Check out our fall 2017 photos.
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My father grew up on a dairy farm in northern Illinois. He’s a typical Midwest farm boy, I suppose—great work ethic and an incredible range of practical skills. Growing up with him I watched (helped?) him fix our cars, the washing machine, finish the basement and put an addition on the garage (and lots more). He did all the electrical in the first house he built and he did all the plumbing in the second (passed on first inspection!).
Elisabeth doesn’t have as many camps as Max but that’s a good thing. She missed the first semester of intensive German while we were in the States and she’s using the summer to catch up. But she’s still had time to fit in a Fusion music camp as well as an unexpected mission assignment.
I’ve just sent out the Janufleciton edition of our newsletter for January, 2017. This month I start my 26th year of ministry to Slovakia and in this edition of your newsletter you can rejoice with us as we look back to an awesome 2016 and find out how to pray for a 2017 with just as much potential.
The Creation Project definitely dominated our 2016 and brought new opportunities for everyone in the family, including Elisabeth and Max, but there was plenty else going on with successful musicals at Narnia and other research milestones for Todd. All that good stuff and we’re still hoping for big things in 2017.