Dear Rome Community Church,
This morning, Friday, December 30th the postman rang the door bell and we had a great surprise! The box from Rome Church. After everyone finished their work we sat down to open it.
Thank you so much to everyone who went to so much effort to make our kids feel so special!
Timothy loved his basketball shorts and t- shirt that Pastor Mike picked out for him. He was so happy to get that $R7 Reais. He might have already spent it.
Jessica received a beautiful necklace and earrings from Ruth Rhodefer. Jessica has a story to tell about her present. When we were on furlough two years ago in the US. Jessica saw this necklace at JC Pennys. She really loved it and wanted to buy it. We never did get that necklace. When she opened Ruth’s gift, she was in awe because it was that very necklace. God is consider with the smallest detail in our lives!!
Stephanie received the CD of the singer Nicole Mullen that she loves! Thank you Hank and Alice Butenschoen
Tiago received lots of treats to eat, a neat new t-shirt, Legos, and the best- two roaches with a maze that he just loves!! We were at a store here in Recife this week and they had those roaches. He called me over several times to see them. He loves that kind of stuff. When we opened his gift, he too could not believe it was those roaches that he had been wanting!
Rebeca received some amazing things too. We were all amazed at the beautiful Barbie clothes that were in the box. Someone must make those and the two Barbie. Even the older girls were excited to play Barbie with her! Two perfect shirts that fit just right, and She got a tea set that she loved. She sat all day at her table serving everyone some food. She was the mom making food for everyone.
We did not find names of the families responsible for Tiago’s and Rebeca presents but we would like to thank all of you. Yes, I LOVED my chocolate bar and Yes I did share with everyone. I did not grow up a missionary kid but my kids are. It is a different life somethings are good and somethings are hard. For all of us being away at Christmas from family is challenging but the box that the church puts together each year for our kids is such a blessing to our family and makes each of the kids feel special and loved in a faraway place. I am reading Max Lucado’s book “Outlive Your Life” He tell many stories of how God can use willing people to change the world. Thank you letting God use you and your resource to make a difference in the world.
Serving with you in Christ,
Rogerio, Susan, Timothy, Jessica, Stephanie, Tiago, and Rebeca