Christmas is a JOYFUL time of the year BUT, Every day is a day of HOPE with Christ as my Savior.
Ruth and I have enjoyed a special 2010 and trust God’s blessings have been evident in yours too. December 30 will be the anniversary of 4 enjoyable years of marriage. She loves to travel with me even though I made two trips alone this year. [See her letter for some of the details] We plan to stay in FL for Christmas but hope to connect with my kids by Skype during the holiday season. I am glad we are not braving the winter in Iowa, Ohio or Maryland.
Ethnic to Ethnic Ministries, Inc. continues to be my main focus. Because of this I spend lots of time on the computer for email, face book and web sites. Also I had opportunities to present the Biblical basis and some of the challenges for churches to transition from mono-ethnic congregations to multi-ethnic. See www.EthnictoEthnic.org. I am honored but amazed that God has given me this responsibility.
In our travels I was able to conduct a workshop in 2 conferences and speak in some churches. I went to San Diego for a Multi-Ethnic Church Conference. This was very helpful and encouraging but very tiring for my old body. Also, this year three men have showed interest in joining this mission even though no one has felt lead to do so at this time.
We have continued contact with the Kachin people, who live in the states that are from Myanmar. In April I went to Dallas to take part in an ordination of La Seng. Then in September we were honored to take part in a Kachin wedding. His bride arrived in the States for the first time on the 1st and the wedding was the 4th. We can see this is true love even though it is different from our custom. In Oct they came here for overnight in Oct. so we could encourage and bond with them even more.
My Kids: Eldonna and Don Long continue in Iowa. Grandson, Greg and Christy are there too with my great grandsons, Nathan and Andrew. Grandson Jeff and Christy are in Ohio and in Jan. they expect to add a great granddaughter to the family. Carolyn and Jack live on the edge of Washington, DC. Each one is busy and productive in their own way.
As part of our 5 week trip to the mid west we attended 2 conferences, reported in one of Ruth’s supporting churches, stayed at 2 camps, visited family and friends and then enjoyed three days in a cottage near the top of the Smoky Mountains in NC. We should take more time out like this.
Hopefully we can meet or interact with you during the year. We value each friend and look forward to making many more.
Eldon and Ruth Brock