Incredibly Good News

 

We simply HAD to give you the great news while it is less than a day old…

Residence CardTHE ITALIAN GOVERNMENT GRANTED MELODEE HER PERMANENT RESIDENCE CARD!!!

We praise the Lord for granting us what was deemed “nearly impossible” by the clerk at the police office that processed our request.

Just this morning I read in E. M. Bounds’ classic book on prayer:

Nothing is too hard for the Lord to do.  As Paul declared, “He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.”  Prayer has to do with God, with his ability to do.  The possibility of prayer is the measure of God’s ability to do.  The “all things,” the “all things whatsoever,” and the “anything,” are all covered by the ability of God.
I think that even when we are confident in God’s answer we are still helplessly in awe when He comes through for us in these ways.
Then again, as Paul reminded us in Romans 8:32:
    He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
Thank you for being with us on this adventure!
We are also extremely in debt to our dear friend Sarah Blocher, from our sending church, Calvary Baptist, who went out of her way to overnight some vital documents we needed last minute when our application was first denied.

In other news…

Noah

1. Noah had his first day of pre-school Monday! 
Pray for him to adapt quickly.  He seemed to enjoy himself, especially his first day, but the teachers are a bit concerned because he does not speak much Italian yet.WELCOME TO LIFE AS A THIRD CULTURE KID!!
2. I finally got my follow-up appointment with my Oncologist,  for October 1st.
3. Sunday we had our first Ministry Fair Sunday at church! It was a very exciting day!

Worship leading

Worship leading

Preaching

Preaching

Ministry fair

Ministry fair

Four things you might want to know about the Whitmans this week

 

Oops… I was adding tags and this reposted.  Oh well…I never claimed to be technologically savvy!

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noah playing the hornIt has been an interesting couple weeks here in the greater Perugia area for us!  Noah continues to learn new tricks…I am not sure how, but he has already figured out how to hold and get sound out of my French Horn.  He makes his daddy very proud!

1. Monday I (Jon) had another small ulceration in my tongue removed.  I have been recuperating since then.  I do have to ask myself one question…tongue piercings…Why??!!  This is the fifth time that my tongue has been excised in three years.

2. Friday (Yesterday)  We found out that our baby girl will probably be arriving earlier than the August 18th due date!

3. Tomorrow four people in our church are getting baptized!

4. Last week we met as BMM Italy team with the help of our friends Ken and Dawn Houghten of Baptist Mid-Missions England.  Ken helped us re-write our strategic plan for the next 3-5 years.  Dawn graciously kept all of our children.

We ask that you pray for these four things:

1. For wisdom and grace in the continuing battle with my tongue carcinoma.  On July 25th we should get results for the biopsy.
2. For preparations for our baby’s arrival  (including the choice of a name!) and for her health.
3. For baptisms tomorrow.
4. For our team as we work on our strategic objectives…things that can truly make or break our ministry here.

Thank you for your time!

Announcing: A new family member!

 

Thursday evening, August 22nd at 8:47pm, Eva Rose Whitman came into the world!

All of us at the hospitalWe thank the Lord for this beautiful blessing that God has given us.  She weighed 3 kilograms and was 51 centimeters long at birth. (The use of metric is intentional, just to give you a hard time!)

We have been blessed to have my (Jon) parents helping out with Noah, and today Melodee’s parents arrived from Florida!

Thank you for sharing in this special moment in our life through your prayers and for the many of you who have been inquiring: “Is she here yet?”

The delivery went extremely well, and Melodee feels great!  On top of that we had the privilege of sharing Christ twice while we were in the hospital — with Melodee’s roomate  and an Indian young man whose younger sister  attends our church. We felt God’s hand in so many ways.    God is at work!

Jon and the kidsNow we are all back home, enjoying the love of our brothers and sisters in Christ who have been providing meals and cleaning our house for us.

Noah seems to be adjusting well to having a baby sister, though he is not sure what to do with her crying.  She has a voracious appetite and once in a while even lets us sleep.

Thank you for your prayers. We truly feel like the richest people on earth.

Merry Christmas from the Whitmans!

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Merry Christmas!  Buon Natale!

Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!
(2 Corinthians 9:15 ESV)

We are so grateful for all that God has done for us in this year.  More than anything we are grateful for Jesus Christ, who became flesh for us.  He took our place, paid the penalty of our sins and showed us what giving truly is.

Wishing you all God’s blessings for Christmas,
Jonathan, Melodee and Noah Whitman
Perugia, Italy

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Coming this week to www.jonnywhitman.comChristmas in Italy

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