Christmas Letter Dec. 2018
Unto us a Child is born!
Celebrating God’s Gift!
John 3:16 says it best!
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in
him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
2018 has seen growth and changes in our family.
Lynn and Bob have gone through some changes. Bob, Matt and Josh were all working for the same company in Calgary but in August, all 3 lost their jobs. Thankfully, God placed them all in new jobs.
They had their 4 grandchildren (our greatgrandchildren) Emma, Orrin, James and Sam from Nashville here and in Idaho for 5 weeks in the summer. We got to share in a week with them at the lake in Idaho.
Their oldest son Matthew and Ashley had their first child, Everett Matthew in September so we are all enjoying having a new little one in our lives. Josh is working in Ft. McMurray area and is developing his Web Design company on the side.
Mark and Linda: Mark continues his work for Partitions Systems as their engineer. Linda has her hair business and keeps busy with her crafts and Christmas Shoe Boxes (this year she did 36!) Julia, also a mechanical engineer, bought a home in Sherwood Park last October and Mark and Linda have spent countless hours helping her renovate it into a beautiful home! Steven also a mechanical engineer working on his Master’s degree. Steven got engaged to Kaybrie in July and they will be married next week, December 22!
That will be our Middleton Christmas get together.
Joan and Earl were about to leave on a cruise last January when Joan had another heart incident and was unable to go. She is fine now and they are both busy with their jobs, church and friends. Reggie completed his 4th year Electrician degree and got engaged this November. Reggie and Johanna have set June 22nd as their wedding date. Robert is a surveyor and is working in Ft. St. John until April. Raymond is in NAIT taking his first year in Carpentry. Raymond is also engaged to Kendra and they plan to be married July 6th.
Our lives keep busy still helping Zizina and her family. We are still quite involved taking the kids to appointments, helping fill out forms and taking the kids to church and youth. December 4th it was 4 years since they arrived here. We helped them apply for Citizenship and Zizina writes her test for that on December 20th. Pray that she does well. Her oldest Enoch graduated in June and is working now.
We also attended the grad of Amanda and Moses’ daughter Mosetta (our other adopted African family). She is now in college in N. Dakota on an athletic scholarship.
In August we bought an older truck and 5th wheel camper and got to test it out one snowy weekend in mid-September. Looking forward to camping with family in summer 2019!
October 24 to November 8 Mary and I did a mission trip to Bangkok, Thailand and several places in India. It was great to see several of our DCI staff – some we have not seen for a long time. We made some very potential contacts that should help expand our ministry in the coming years.
Wishing you and yours, joy and peace this Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2019!
Al and Mary
This letter with photos and graphics is here in PDF: Middleton_Christmas_2018