We made it through October, and are happily looking forward to a November without political ads! Here is the update for the Peterson family for October 2016.
As we mentioned in our last update, October started very nicely for our family. As you know, Abigail recently had a birthday, and we invited many of our church leaders to join us in a sort of coming-of-age celebration. Elders, deacons, youth leaders, and friends joined us for brunch and offered Abigail words of encouragement and counsel for the future. It was a lovely morning.
One of our prayer requests has been that we would be able to develop friendships in our neighborhood. In October, we have been able to get to know a few more of the people who live on our block. One young man is in the process of trying to adopt a baby boy who has been injured through abuse. We talked with this man about disability and about living through hardships. We also got to meet a hospital scrub nurse who moved in next door. Abigail has also started to get to know a girl her age who lives just north of our house. So, these are all good, and we are praying for more opportunities to develop friendships here.
Early in the month, our family decided to check out a Japanese festival in Henderson—southeast Las Vegas. The event had many people showcasing food, drinks, and products of Japanese origin. It was an interesting thing to visit, though I think we all enjoyed the ice cream we got on the way home more. And, we love that we live in a place where such opportunities to experience different cultures is so readily available
In an attempt to befriend more of the ladies in our neighborhood, Mitzi threw a “Favorite Things” party. It was a first attempt, and only a few ladies came. However, they all had a good time, shared some of their favorite things with each other, and said they want to do it again sometime.
Mitzi also answered an ad on our neighborhood web site to help with a couple in need. The wife in this family had a stroke, and, for a time, she needed someone to come by and help around the house. Both Mitzi and Abigail have started helping, and it has been a positive experience for all involved.
On Mitzi’s birthday, the children presented her with quite a surprise. While the adults were out for dinner, Abigail, Josiah, and Owen, with the help of some dear friends of theirs in our church, decorated our home for Mitzi’s birthday. There were balloons, streamers, and even a cake. Mitzi was very surprised and quite happy.
As the month came to a close, we participated in the Halloween festivities on our block. Mitzi and Travis gave out candy at our home while Abigail took Josiah and Owen to nearby houses.
Providence Reformed Church
Life and ministry at Providence Reformed Church has also gone well in October. We had another new members’ class which has led to the Lord blessing our church with three new members.
Also, as we wrap up October, we are just finishing Matthew 7 in our Sunday morning messages. We have enjoyed working through the Sermon on the Mount and seeing the things that Christ says mark the lives of citizens of God’s kingdom. We are now looking forward to the arrival of the Christmas season with the passages of Scripture that will go along with that time.
One of the highlights of the month of October included a Voice of the Martyrs Conference that our church helped to facilitate. During this single-day event, we heard speakers from Iran, Syria, Laos, and China. Each of these believers had their own testimony of how God is working in amazing ways through believers who are living in very dangerous situations.
We are very grateful to God for you and your prayer support. Please pray for us in the following ways:
- Pray that God will bless and grow our love for him.
- Pray that God will help us as a family to be faithful to our calling to love each other and to live as a light to our community.
- Pray that God will help the church to grow and to impact our city with the message of Christ.
- Pray that God will give us opportunities to share the love of Jesus with friends and neighbors.
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