Happy New Year!

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Just a quick update to say . . . 

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We are looking forward to a blessed New Year and being part of the new things that God will do.  This is our prayer for you . . .

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¡Feliz Navidad!

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Greetings from Mexico!

Here we are at the beginning of December 2019 and we just want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! We hope you all would know the warmth and love of celebrating the birth of our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ this season!

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Below is a video of one of our favourite Christmas Carols.  Enjoy!

November Events!

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December is here and we are amazed at how much has transpired in the last month and a half!

We just want to highlight a few things here in this post.

Since our last post about saying goodbye to our dog Bear, we have received so many emails, notes and comments expressing sympathy especially from those who knew him.

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We love you Bear!

Thank you all for your concern and support!

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This month we have travelled quite a bit and this week is just full of meetings and visits.

Moises Ruiz who has been part of our missionary team here in Mexico returned from Canada for a short visit and Ministry Trip with Phil to La Sierra Norte of Puebla. At the beginning of the month, they travelled for 4 days, visiting many of the churches, pastors and groups of students studying with us in the Seminary by Extension SEAN. It was a jam packed trip and they were able to be a real encouragement.

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Study group in Zapata
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Study group in Zacapoaxtla
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Visiting with Pastor Sebastian

 

In the middle of the month a family from Canada came to visit and we were able to show them around Puebla and Mexico City. It was great for them to be able to see life in Mexico first hand and really interact about the ministry we are involved in. Here’s a wee video of them sending greetings from Mexico City pyramids.

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Yes, we climbed the pyramids to the top! What a view!

Last week, we had the privilege of hosting a visitor from one of the churches we work with in Cuetzalan. Freddy is a young man who is studying with us in the SEAN program. He was given the opportunity to take a course here in Puebla for a couple of days and we offered to host him in the evenings and overnight. We had a great time connecting and deepening our relationship. He is very capable and desires to learn. Please pray for him as he seeks to live out his faith and be a blessing to his family and those in his community of Cuetzalan. More on this in our next update.

For the next 3-4 months we are looking after a dog named Ruby. Our friends Zac and Jen are returning to the U.S. for the delivery of their first baby. They dropped Ruby off on their visit to Puebla for a doctor’s appointment the other day and had a great visit.

To prepare for the coming of December events, Carolyn attended a women’s Christmas Breakfast at the church we attend here in Puebla. Lots of fun! Lots of food!

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Potluck Breakfast food! More like Brunch!

We have been blessed to make so many connections and visits through the busyness of the past months. We are grateful to God for all those who are bringing such richness to our lives. We pray God’s rich blessing on you all!

Goodbye Bear

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Yesterday we said goodbye to our best friend, Bear.

 

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We are so grateful to God for the opportunity to have taken care of one of His most amazing creatures. Bear was among the most loving, gentle, and calm dogs. Everyone loved him! From him we learned so much more about unconditional love and the need for companionship. We thank God for all the fun we had with him and how he was always there to be a friend, more than anything.  There are countless people we have come to know and become good friends with through his presence with us. Thank you everyone for loving Bear and being part of our lives!

The last month in particular has been difficult. After a number of Vet visits to deal with a build up of fluid, Bear was diagnosed with a tumor in his thorax which was causing the fluid build up. Test results came back saying that it was cancer. He was 11 and a half years old and had a really good life.

Below are some of our favourite photos of Bear. We are missing photos of some of his friends. Goodbye to his Lakewood friends, Charlie, Jazz, George, Pepper, Mac and Nugget. Goodbye to his Mexico friends, Canela, Jasper, Ruby, Kori, and Dakota. The individual photos below are also in this PPT – Bear

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Outside his favourite coffee shop.
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Bear looking for some good grass to snack on.
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He loved the Canadian snow!
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With his friend Jazz
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Loved sitting out in the snow

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Seriously, you put a hat on me?!
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Even the non-animal animals thought he was great!
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Bear just loved being at Cindy’s place.
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Favourite Lakewood play area
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Bear’s best friend Nugget
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They loved going to the Beach!
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And drying off was so much fun!
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Bear’s friend Mac from our next door neighbour in Lakewood.
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Bear loved being outside with the freedom to roam the forest around home.
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One of our most favourite photos of all time.
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You’d think Bear and Ruby were more than just friends!
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Heading home from a morning walk in the park
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Bear’s friend Ruby
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Bear’s friend Kori
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Kori liked fresh grass too!
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His favourite activity was playing with the laser light!

 

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Final Goodbye
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Final Goodbye
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Some of his final moments.
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We love you Bear!

 

Bake’n Take

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This past week was a busy week preparing for the weekend.  We hosted the October Bake’n Take on Saturday and Carolyn was asked to make the Anniversary Cake for the church we attend here in Puebla. See photos below.

Thanksgiving

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Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever. 

– Psalm 118:1 NIV

Ministry Trip

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Just a quick update from last weekend.

Carolyn made some delicious cakes for the monthly Birthday party after church on Sunday. They were just amazing of course – evidenced by their quick disappearance! It was fun and they really enjoyed the colourful flowers!

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Birthday cakes for celebration after church.

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Phil went with Dan to a Pastor’s meeting in San Miguel de Progresso in La Sierra Norte of the state of Puebla. They had a great time!

Sunday they visited Pastor Rubén’s church and were then invited to take home some Guayaba fruit from one of the local farmers who attends their church.

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Pastor Ruben climbing the Guayaba tree to harvest some fruit for us to take home.
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Dan preaching at Ruben’s church Sun morning.