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.
Sheri is the president of the Parent Teacher Organization at our boys’ elementary
school for the second year...and needless to say, she is super busy with meetings,
events, and always running to get things done. She is responsible for planning events,
working with the teachers, school board, principal, parents...and other folks. She loves
planning fun events and is serious about improving the education of the children.
“Do not say there are four months and then the harvest will come. I say to you, lift
up your eyes and see the fields, they are already ripe and ready for harvest.”
I have served in the mission field for 38 years. Beginning in the streets of Wichita, KS to
South and Central Asia to the Middle East...I have never seen a greater time of
Every year-end, I look back and rehearse a time of great joys and sorrows. I see
the Good News of Peace, reaching many as the Lord brings comfort and hope in
regions that have only known darkness. I also see the enemy bringing death and
destruction, harming many who are made in God’s image, making our hearts yearn for
the day when Jesus returns and brings “Peace on Earth.”
Until then I am compelled to engage in helping those the Lord gives us to help, who
suffer such great pain and loss.
We thank the Lord for the privilege and honor to serve Him among the least and last and
for you who have been our friends and stood with us as we make our way through the
Journey, the calling, the Lord God has given us
FRONTIER PARTNERS INT’L (FPI), founded this year.
The Lord has called our team to
1. continue to help the desperately suffering in crisis regions through relief
and development. To do this,
2. we also need to assist the Church to be strengthened in their Biblical
knowledge and leadership as well as
3. work with local and national governments in securing and maintaining
religious freedom and protection of Christians and other religious
Our vision is: To serve victims of wars and natural disasters in
unreached/unengaged communities that are impoverished, oppressed, and
persecuted, who are receiving little or no assistance.
To serve the suffering with dignity and respect, building a bridge of trust that
allows us to help through the crisis and to build secure and prosperous
NORTHERN IRAQ + YAZIDI & SYRIAN REFUGEES
The war in Syria took on a new battlefront as Turkey invaded a region in NE Syria. This
has brought about a new flood of Syrian refugees into N Iraq, We are now
helping as many Syrian refugees as possible.
We continue to help 100+ Yazidi families who remain displaced from their
homeland due to great security risk, destroyed homes and infrastructure, multiple
military militias in the area, and ongoing territorial disputes. Life is difficult, and their
future is uncertain.
As winter arrives, many Yazidi and Syrian refugees (which include Yazidi, Kurds,
and Christians) have significant needs. We will continue to give compassionate aid,
training, and friendship.
We put a high-value on building relationships with those we help. As these relationships
grow, we are able to speak deeper into the lives of these families to bring emotional &
With your help, we have been able to bring physical and emotional help to many who
have lost everything they own and many whom they love. But the most significant impact
we have on those who have suffered so much is being a witness of the unconditional
love of God.
As you plan your year-end giving, would you prayerfully consider joining with us
in our work through a financial gift?
We are very thankful for you. Your steadfastness in prayer and financial
support enables us to dedicate our lives to this calling. You are appreciated immensely.