It has now been a year since I came home from my mission’s trip to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. It seems impossible that so much time has gone by already, but as I reflect on my time spent in those places I am beyond thankful. I kept a journal that I wrote in nearly every day while I was gone to remember even the smallest details of my experiences while I was there. It was truly an incredible time. Leaving the many friends I made while overseas was extremely difficult, even more so than leaving home-my time overseas had impacted my life so greatly. Whether it was through the 3 months of Biblical training, encouraging and mentoring people in the grief-stricken city of Christchurch, New Zealand, or sharing the gospel with Hindi people in Fiji, God worked in some truly amazing ways in my life and through my life. I write to tell you this because YOU had a large hand in making this possible for me, and for them. Whether it was through financial contribution, prayer, or both I am forever thankful for YOUR generosity in this mission. When I think back to the memories and re-look at the pictures, I can’t help but thank God, and I thank Him for YOU as well. Thank you all so much for being the body of Christ…my prayer is that you will continue to reach out when you see a need-God will use you for any task, no matter how small or large, if only you are willing. And remember, HE is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” Ephesians 3:20. Even now, a year later, I truly can’t even express in words how grateful I am for the experience I had overseas, and how thankful I am to you for making that possible. I sincerely hope you have a wonderful holiday season-celebrating our Savior!