December 9, 2010
Dear Faithful Partners in the Ministry,
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10, 11). We praise the Lord that the gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, is for “all people.”
We have had a very busy schedule over the summer and fall months as we have traveled extensively. We have visited a number of our supporting churches, as well as being in some new churches. We praise the Lord for some new churches that have taken us on for monthly support.
In August, we traveled to Williamsburg, Ohio to help with a Vacation Bible School. We had a great time and we were able to see several children make professions of faith. From there, we traveled to Illinois, then back to Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia. We began the month of September in Virginia for the first two and a half weeks, and the last week of September was spent in St. Louis, MO, in a missions conference of one of our supporting churches.
October took us to another missions conference in South Carolina, just over an hour from our home church. On October 8th, we left South Carolina for a trip that would take us all the way to California. We had a rigorous schedule that took us through thirteen states while visiting a number of churches. While we had the privilege of seeing the Grand Canyon and many other sights, nothing compares to the joy of seeing two people accept Christ as their Saviour while we were in San Diego, CA. We had good meetings in Arizona, California, Texas and Alabama. We praise the Lord for one new church in Texas that immediately took us on for support while we were there. Please pray for us as other churches in Texas will be voting soon to take us on for support.
We are now back in South Carolina for the Christmas holidays, but will begin traveling again in January of 2011. Our schedule is filling up quickly, and I am trying to get into as many new churches as possible. Please keep us in your prayers as we need to raise some additional support. Thankfully, God has not been affected by the economic crisis, and we trust Him in regards to our support needs.
Our family is doing well and Christine is now seven months old and growing like a weed. We have been traveling together this summer and fall, but will be a little more stationary as the children continue in their studies. Rachel, having finished high school this past school year, has been a big help around the house. She just recently celebrated her 20th birthday. Joseph is a senior with A Beka Academy and is working hard to finish all the requirements for this year. Nathan is in 10th grade and Anna is in 9th. Deborah, now seven years old, is in the 3rd grade, and Matthew, age five, is in Kindergarten. Please pray for our children as homeschooling on the road is difficult. Becky is doing fine and stays busy trying to keep up with the children and their schooling, as well as, our travels. Please remember our family in your prayers concerning our safety and well-being. We have stayed healthy this year except for a cold here or there. The Lord has certainly been good to us, for which we are thankful. He supplied every need and even some wants on our trip to California and back. Praise His name!
Thank you for the birthday and anniversary cards this year, as well as, the Christmas cards and special Christmas gifts that you have given sacrificially. We trust that God will bless each and every one of you this Christmas season. Remember that Jesus is not only the “reason for the season”, but also the reason for our ministry in Brazil. Merry Christmas!
Your missionaries to Brazil,
Dan & Becky Bennett