Christmas, December 2017
Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,
Christmas is a time to welcome God into our lives! Someone recently shared this picture on Facebook. It reminded me of an old song that says,
“Have you any room for Jesus,
He who bore your load of sin?
As He knocks and asks admission,
Sinner, will you let Him in?
Chorus: Room for Jesus, King of Glory!
Hasten now His Word obey;
Swing the heart’s door widely open,
Bid Him enter while you may.”
John 1:10-12 says, “He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” Praise God for sending His Son so that we could become His children!
Family News: The picture of Mary and I was taken in the lobby at the Banff Springs Hotel in November when we went out to Banff to celebrate our 56th Anniversary. Our son Mark had an emergency appendectomy on December 8th. He is home now recovering from the surgery. Pray that he will heal quickly.
Over Christmas, we look forward to several family get-togethers. On Saturday, Dec. 23rd, we will be in Sherwood Park with Mark, Joan and our nephew’s families. Sunday, we will attend a Christmas service at Sherwood Park Alliance and then come back to Airdrie for Christmas Eve with Zizina’s family. On the 25th we will be with Lynn’s family and celebrate with Jess and our 4 great-grandchildren who are here from Nashville.
Our DCI Family: Mary and I want to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of you – our national and international leaders, trainers, pastors, people who pray for our ministry, those who invest financially, administration, disciple-makers and disciples. We are a very large family that God is using to share the good news of God’s love and eternal life with our world – all made possible because Jesus came!
There are many opportunities to expand the DCI ministry in 2018. We will need to greatly increase our financial base. Do you want to make a great investment in God’s kingdom? I could meet with you or send you a PowerPoint presentation explaining our proposed projects. Donations can be sent to the address below or through: http://www.canadahelps.org in Canada or in the U.S. http://www.networkforgood.org (both online).
Thank you for your prayers and financial support! Through you God is expanding His Kingdom. Together with you, we are a team and we very much need each other to accomplish the great work God has given us to do! There are amazing things happening. Watch for an update early in the new year!
Mary and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and God’s blessing for 2018! Read Colossians 1:1 to 14. This is our prayer for you for the coming year. May God bless you all!
Your Brother and Sister in Christ,
Al and Mary Middleton
This letter is available in color with graphics here: Middleton_Dec_2017