That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding thei

flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the

radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the

angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you GOOD news that

will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has

been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! Suddenly, the angel was joined

by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, 'Glory

in the highest to God, and upon earth peace, among men -- good will.'

With the great turmoil in the world, and sometimes our own lives, I encourage you to

read the verse above...again...seriously...not messing around serious...and

think on the POWER and GLORY of God, the lack of fear and fretting, JOY to all

people, and PEACE on earth.

And with that, I wish you a “Merry CHRISTmas”!

THANK YOU! for your prayers and support over the years. As time goes by, I grow in my

appreciation for you as we join together in this venture of faith!

Here is the latest on the PARKS FAMILY.

Carlos is 23 yrs-old. Carlos moved to Oregon this summer (one of the few months it is

not raining). He loves the beauty of the Great North Wet. He plans to go to school for

underwater welding in the coming year.

Ilana is almost 19. As from her infancy, she remains highly motivated and determined.

Ilana coaches gymnastics and is very involved in the leadership in the young adults’

group at church. It is encouraging for us to see how greatly she loves the Lord and is

active in her faith. She graduated from High School last year and took college classes at

Pikes Peak Community College.

Josiah is 17 yrs-old. A junior in high-school. He is very social and a natural leader. His

teachers and counselor tell us how respectful, helpful, and kind he is. He is driving now

(yikes!) and has a girlfriend. He and his buddy pick up odd jobs from our neighborhood

website doing landscaping and odd jobs.

Micah is 11 yrs-old. He is a fun and interesting person. We still have long and engaging

talks about games he loves, joys and sorrows of school, creation, the Bible, and

theology. Micah loves being a Boy Scout and is about to reach the rank of First Class. I

asked him what he would like to say to you all, and he said, “Thank you for praying for us

and giving money to help the poor Syrian refugees and Yazidi. God Bless you!”

Elijah is 9 yrs-old. He loves cats, games, and joking around. When I ask him what his

favorite thing about school is, it is either lunch or going home. He is funny. He’ll often

say, “I’m a cat man” as he carries Simba over his shoulder like a stuffed toy as he hauls

him off to bed. He is a Webelos Scout and we’re looking forward to Boy Scouts.