Monday, December 14, 2009
Merry Christmas from the Whitlers!
We trust that you are resting in hope, peace, joy and love this Advent season as we reflect on Christ's coming to the earth as a baby, his coming into our lives as Savior and his coming again to make all things new.
I'm writing this as we prepare to make the holiday trek to Kentucky to spend the season with my sister, her kids and my Dad. This was made possible by generous donors on both sides of the country. We are so thankful for God's provision through his people. Many of you know that my Sis and Father have both faced huge battles this past year and it is extra special that we get to share Christmas together.
Some highlights from the month and links you may have missed...
Airport Soccer - I have been weekly walking with my friend Jeff for probably two years now. We became friends through a local seminar for city ministries. Jeff is a part of a group from a downtown church that is trying to engage our impoverished airport community with ideas of development. They meet and work with neighborhood leaders. This is the neighborhood where some of the families we have met on South 9th Street landed when they got out of the motels. We are still in relationship with these families and this month I was able to take them to the Airport Soccer Tournament. This was a fun way for neighbors to spend time together. I went to just take some kids but Jeff recruited me, who knows nothing about soccer, to be a referee! You can see pictures from the day by CLICKING HERE.
South 9th Street - You can see recent posts and pictures from our continued work along this little strip of old motels in these links...
What a day on 9th St. looks like... Surprises
A beautiful opportunity... Honored Guests
A new friend's perspective... Bethany
Stella's Birthday - Stella is 4 years old! Her big day is December 6th Some pictures from her party HERE.
Prayer - We are hosting a Christmas party tomorrow night (Dec. 15) on South 9th Street with a local church youth group. They are bringing coats, gifts, cards, food and carols to fill up the street with cheer!
Pray for friends on 9th Street to be safe, find recovery and hope.
Please pray for the Sustar family on staff with us. They are gearing up for a 3 month family trip to serve with our partners in Thailand at Compasio. They need about $1500 still to cover their trip.
Pray for fellow YWAM Modestan and friend Aaron heading back to Canada for the holidays. He has some issues still to be cleared for his legal status in the US.
Please pray for safety and that God will make us a blessing to our friends there. Pray for our upcoming travels. We'll be in Kentucky until January 6th.
Support - If you would like to support our work financially, all donations are tax deductible when made out and sent to: YWAM / P.O. Box 3000 / Garden Valley, TX / 75771-3000. Our name must not appear on the check but include a separate note stating the gift is for the Whitlers in Modesto, CA.
There is also an auto-withdraw form available with instructions on how to set up monthly support for our work. If you have any questions, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to hear from you.
Thanks so much!
Here's how to find us online and other ways...
Family site/blog - http://thewhitlers.com
Whitler podcast (some new Christmas stuff up)- http://www.gcast.com/u/cwhitler/main
Comedy Podcast - (with a few holiday selections) - http://www.gcast.com/u/cwhitler/partinthemiddle
Amie on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/amiehw
Chris on facebook - http://www.facebook.com/badyouthspeaker
YWAM site - http://ywammodesto.org
YWAM blog - http://ywam-modesto.blogspot.com
Chris on Twitter - http://twitter.com/badyouthspeaker