The last time our passports were renewed we requested extra pages. We’re glad we did. In 2016 we traveled to 8 different countries, with some of them requiring multiple passport pages for visas. It was a year of rich experiences as we had the privilege of learning about the expansion of the Kingdom of God in three new, highly diverse countries: Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa, and Indonesia in Southeast Asia. The Church is alive and well, and growing strongly in many places. It is encouraging to see the joyous creativity in ministry by Christians in areas that lack many basic resources.
Thank you for your prayers and support for our recent ministry in Cambodia with the Church of Christ our Peace in Phnom Penh, the capital. We were there from November 4 to January 3. This is a dynamic, growing congregation consisting mostly of ex-pats who are filling crucial ministry positions in that country. Bill filled in for the pastor during November and the Advent and Christmas season. We enjoyed sharing in special services, like the “carols on the water” cruise on the river where church members shared snacks and sang Christmas carols. Christmas in the tropics with 80-degree temperatures was definitely a new experience for us. Even though Christmas is not an important holiday in this strongly Buddhist country, we enjoyed special cultural diversity when this American couple had Christmas dinner with a Singaporean couple in an Indian restaurant.
Before leaving the region, we spent a weekend with Matt and Sora Colvin and their family in Bandung, Indonesia. They hosted us graciously, introducing us to Indonesian food and music. We also appreciated the warm welcome of the Anglican Church in Indonesia where we worshiped on Sunday and shared the meal they always serve after the service.
Next up are the numerous administrative meetings and church visits on our schedule between now and summer. Then we have been asked to prepare another class for pastors in two countries in French-speaking West Africa for September.
Thank you again for your partnership. Without it we could not continue this type of service to the worldwide Church.
Diane and Bill Jerdan
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