Happy Thanksgiving from the Whitmans!

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There is so much to be thankful for, despite the difficult days in which we live in.

Here are a few thing we are thankful for:

  1. We are thankful for our Savior!  God in his mercy reached down to you and me and made us his!
  2. We are thankful for you!  We don’t take you for granted…not even for a minute.  We are able to do what we do because of your prayers, your gifts, your encouragement.
  3. We are thankful for all God is doing in Italy! 

I want to keep this short so you can go enjoy your family and your turkey, but in case you want a few more details, I will put them at the end.

Italy, along with the rest of Europe is shaken up by the events of Paris.  We talk about what it means to live in this new world.  If you think about it, Paris is closer to Perugia than Grand Rapids, Michigan is from some of our furthest supporting churches!

Despite the uncertainty in which we live today, there is so much to be thankful for and much for which we are certain.

The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
(Deuteronomy 33:27a ESV)

What more can we ask for?

We are blessed!  We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
Jon, Melodee, Noah and Eva

Exciting times at the Centro Evangelico Battista

Sunday we had our own Thanksgiving festival at our church.
The Italians wanted it.  My Dad showed a PowerPoint sharing some highlights of what God has been doing at the Centro Evangelico Battista in these many years.  The Italians shared all that they were thankful for.  They thanked God for their salvation, for bringing them out of the darkness. They thanked my parents for serving them for over forty years.  They even thanked Melodee and me for our small part in their lives!

God is doing amazing things in our new small groups!
Our group has chosen to have a meal together once a month.  Last time we met our family was sick, but it went well even without us!  Our believers are really opening up in the groups and inviting their friends. Half of the group even showed up for the funeral of the father in law of a member of our group.

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3 Responses to Happy Thanksgiving from the Whitmans!

  1. Dorothy Hostetler says:

    Ps 103:17: But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’S love is with those who fear Him, and His righteousness with their children’s children–18 with those who keep His covenant and remember to obey His precepts.

    May God bless and keep you in the hollow of His hand. Love, Aunt Dorothy and Uncle Dale

  2. Diana Flier says:

    I appreciate your desire to see Italians come to Christ. Would love to see many Italians coming to know the true Lord and praising Him, just like they fall down before the pope, who is only a man.
    Thank you for your desire to do small groups and for the outreach. Keep up the good work. Strength, courage,continued burden for souls, and determination to you (and the Italian believers at Perugia). Praying for the hunger to increase for God’s Word there. So thankful for your ministry in that place, and pray it would continue and grow.
    Also praying for your health issues and trust you are doing better.
    God bless,
    Diana from Calvary Baptist

  3. jonathan says:

    Thank you Diana! We appreciate hearing from you! God is so good to us having great partners like you!

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