A Very Special Christmas

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Dear Praying Friends,

We wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

We enjoyed our Christmas waiting for our son to be born, while enjoying the company of family and friends.

Not only were we able to celebrate with my family (Jon), but we were thrilled to have Melodee’s parents with us!

This year every Christmas message we heard hit us in a very personal way.  If waiting for our son to arrive is such a great emotion, we can’t imagine the emotion Mary must have felt in knowing that her son was also her Savior, and the Savior of all who believe.

Noah and Mom

Noah Benjamin Whitman indeed did arrive just over a day after the end of Christmas.
He was precisely clocked as being born at 2:21 AM, Italian time on December 27th.
We thank God that though Melodee’s labor was very painful, as to be expected, it was brief.  From the beginning of her “real” contractions until when Noah was born took less then five hours.

We pray that just like the biblical Noah he is named after, he will grow up to be a man who loves God and obeys him, even if he has to stand alone and unpopular.

Pray with us that he might soon acknowledge his need for the Savior and embrace His salvation.

Noah Praying

My first bonding time with him I talked to him about his need for salvation.  I figured you could never start too soon!  However I don’t believe he is quite ready, at least linguistically, to recognize himself as a sinner who needs Jesus.                                                                                                         We also hoped that like the name suggests, Noah would be “peaceful”, letting us get some sleep.  So far it has not been the case, but we have great expectations for that aspect of his name.

Thank you for taking the time to read this good news!

Gratefully your partners and your friends,
Jonathan, Melodee and Noah

Noah Benjamin Whitman

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