MERRY CHRISTMAS FAMILY & FRIENDS!
We hope that this letter finds you well and that your 2009 was a great year. We have had a wonderful year and are looking forward to what 2010 holds for our family.
In October of last year we moved to Sayre, Oklahoma where Chris is the youth minister at First Baptist. When I sent this letter last year we were barely settled in here, but after a year in Western Oklahoma we are at home.
We have had a wonderful year ministerially. We were able to do everything we ever wanted to do over the summer and this fall and have seen a great growth among our students in their faith. We have seen students come to Christ, surrender to the ministry & commit to living a sold out life to Christ - nothing better then that! We have three students that have felt called to go to England or Wales next summer with iGo Students (the mission trip sponsored by Falls Creek) and we have decided to go with them.
We will spend ten days next July in either London, England or Cartiff, Wales ministering to the people there. The reason iGo sends people to those areas is because they are a crossroads of sorts. There are a lot of people groups represented in that area whose countries are closed to the Gospel and/or missionaries. We would ask all of you for your prayer support as we raise $6,000 to cover the cost of our trip and as we go. Also we’d be honored if you would consider supporting us financially as we fulfill God’s call on our life. We are so excited to see all God has planned for our time overseas and for what He will do in our lives, as well as, the lives of the three special students who are going with us. We will be working hard all year to raise money and make sure all five us get to go to Europe safely. If you are interested in supporting us financially you may make your tax deductible donation to First Baptist Church Sayre at 2 Darla Drive Sayre, OK 73662.
Looking back over 2009 it seems to be an uneventful year in comparison to last year! We have worked hard at developing relationships with our students in Sayre and planting our lives in this community. Our prayer is for longevity here. Sayre feels more and more like home all the time. We are blessed with a wonderful staff to work with, a supportive church family who prays and supports us, and students that make us want to do our very best.
Chris is looking forward to the spring because he has been named the Sayre High School Boys Golf Coach. This is a dream fulfilled for him because he gets to be a coach and paid to play golf all while hanging out with students. He is so excited to be the coach of his alma mater’s team that he spent many days and hours in high school investing in.
I am substituting at the high school and volunteering at the church. These things keep me as busy as I want to be. We are still working on adding to our family, but the Lord’s timing for us to have a baby is still not here. We are constantly asking for that blessing and for patience as we wait for His best and His plans in that area. Our only “baby” for now is our dog, Thatcher. We love the little guy and sometimes he is all the kid we think we can handle.
We are blessed to have you all as our friends and family and we hope you have a safe and happy Holiday season!
-Love- Chris & McKenzie Gordon