Christmas Greetings From Eldon and Ruth Brock
Dear Family and Friends,
Ruth and I rejoice in the family and friends God has given to us. Christmas time is a special reminder of this privilege. God’s gift of love as seen in the sending of His Son as Savior exceeds all acts of friendship. We pray that you have personally experienced this by faith.
Our purpose here is to tell you of His wonderful work in and though us this past year. We rejoice that God has given us five years of marriage and service together. Eldonna and Carolyn came in April to celebrate Eldon’s 85th birthday in April. We praise God for good health and opportunities to “serve Christ by serving others.”
Ruth has been blessed by the response and growth in the life of a lady she mentors in a Bible study each week. In July we visited the Navajo ministry where she served many years and saw firsthand the results of her labor and the continued work of those who now lead this ministry.
Eldon has watched God work first hand in several ways. Perhaps the most spectacular one was the miracle of rescuing Camp Sparta, the Florida camp. He became chairman last winter as the reports showed that it could not survive the financial shortfall. As a board we prayed for some way to see a ministry continue in respect of the 20 year history of dedication of this property to a Biblical ministry. In May, in a God like way, the Master’s Academy, Oviedo, FL offered to pay off the $325,000 mortgage and bills we could not pay, if we turned everything over to them. Aug 19 they assumed all responsibilities with new leadership and improvements to make it a premiere camp with an enlarged ministry. He said this took 8 months out of his life but it has been a spectacular demonstration of God’s blessing.
God also has blessed Ethnic to Ethnic Ministries, Inc. Eldon’s vision is to see “U S church congregations reflect the ethnic diversity of their local community, united in Christ to reflect God’s glory to the nations.” There has been small but very good progress in seeing, especially, the conservative churches take interest in this challenging expansion of ministry. We spent seven weeks on two trips traveling for E-tem plus Eldon attended two other conferences.
On our trips we visited Eldon’s sister in Illinois, Eldonna and Don (daughter), Greg and Christy (grandson) and Nathan and Andrew (great grandsons), Jeff and Christy (grandson) and Adalee (now 10 month great granddaughter) and Ruth’s sister Margaret and Milt and niece Melissa. Another highlight was to tour the Creation Museum near Cincinnati.
Again we praise God for the health to be this active but it does tire us out more than in the past.
We wish we could visit each of you personally but we are happy we can wish you a Merry Christmas and a Blessed 2012. By faith we wait to see how God will bless each of us.
Eldon and Ruth