December 2004

December 2, 2004

Dear Praying Friends,

Greetings in our Savior’s name!  We trust you had a blessed Thanksgiving.  We were eating our Thanksgiving dinner when I received a call from my brother, Paul, in Antigua, Guatemala, telling me that Dad had just gone to be with the Lord. He had been in the hospital two days after having a stroke, which affected his face and throat making it impossible to swallow.  We are thankful that he entered into the presence of our Lord peacefully without suffering.

Dotty and I flew to Guatemala on Friday. That evening my brother and I participated in a Spanish funeral service. The following morning the pastor of the English-speaking Union Church of Guatemala City, where Dad was a member, officiated at the funeral and burial.  His body was buried next to mother’s, who went to be with the Lord almost four years ago.  My brother and his wife lovingly cared for Mother and Dad after they moved to Guatemala in February of 1998.   We had made plans to celebrate Dad’s 100thbirthday on Saturday, December 18, with many of his English-speaking friends there in Guatemala, but the Lord had a better celebration planned for him!

We have been very busy the past three months translating into English our newest edition of the Spanish book, Becoming a Christian.  Right now the final manuscripts are in the hands of the printers, but they cannot have it ready until January.  The Lord willing, Becoming a Christian will roll off the press in January of 2005!  For those of you who have placed orders for the new edition, please bear with us a little longer. We will be sending your books as soon as we receive them from the printers.  We are thrilled to announce that this tool for personal evangelization, Becoming a Christian, is to be translated this next year into Portuguese, Italian, German, Ukrainian, and Russian.  Missionaries representing these countries have found this book to be an effective means of reaching the lost for Christ.  Please pray for those who will be involved in these translations that all their efforts will result for the honor and glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Dotty is continuing to progress after a quintuple bypass in August.  She has been faithfully going to rehabilitation therapy during these past three months, and we sincerely appreciate your special prayers for her.  She is doing great!

I talked to Pastor Miguel last week, and we are excited to see how the church work is progressing.  They are building a new mission church in the town of Tala, 45 minutes from Guadalajara.  We are thrilled to see them take this big step of faith!  I am thankful that I have been able to assist them in the planning of this building.

Thank you for participating in our ministry and support these many years.  We continue to emphasize personal evangelism everywhere we go, for it is of vital importance in this 21st century. We are looking forward to getting a Spanish ministry underway here in the Clearwater-Tampa area in the New Year.   Thank you for upholding us in your prayers.

Our very best wishes for a Blessed New Year!  “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).

Gratefully yours,

Myron and Dotty Philippi