We hope that this Christmas season found you warmly embraced in the loving arms of your Christian family, and often reminded of the immense gift the Father has given us in the form of His Son’s life.

We praise God for the calmness He surrounded us with as we completed a week full of tests, supported tangibly by your prayers. He was also gracious enough to help us do relatively well on them.

This season of a fresh, untarnished year always reminds us of one of our favorite verses: “…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb 12:1b-2) We hope the coming year brings you may blessings and joy in Him!

In response to your prayers for disciplined studying last month, God showed us the companion CDs that go with the Rosetta Stone Language Learning program (which we’ve had for a while). During the many hours driving on the roads, we were able to easily and safely hear and practice speaking French as the miles rolled by!

God also provided Zoe and Donna with much-needed rest as His amazing design enabled their bodies to heal from pink-eye and an allergic reaction Donna had to the eye drops. And He gifted us with a very peaceful Christmas with a family of good friends, brothers and sisters in Christ, (Below is a picture of His most special present of a long walk through a silent, snow-filled forest near their home in Germany.)

As we head back to school on 3 Jan and begin to tackle more complicated intricacies of the language, we are appreciate your prayers for understanding and application. We will both be meeting regularly this semester with “language partners,” native French speakers with whom we can practice speaking. As you can imagine this can be a very humbling experience 🙂 !

Slick & Steffen walk into the forest. I wonder why God created snow, so magical and fun...