Malta Mondays 52
December 28, 2020
1.) The Lord takes delight in His people… Psalm 149:4. Isn’t that a blessing? That we can bring delight to our Heavenly Father? I’ve been thinking on how so often when we serve God there is mutual blessing. He delights in us, we delight in Him. When we help others, we are blessed too. Some friends dropped by with some cookies (and stayed far away with masks on) and it was lovely to rejoice with them in the goodness of our Father. Yesterday after church we had some friends who are in our “bubble” over for a meal and we were able to enjoy fellowship together and be reminded of the unity that comes from knowing Jesus, in spite of cultural differences. Thank you Lord that we can bring delight to You, and that You and Your Word are our delight.
2.) We are going to go have a meal with some friends from Nathan’s school tonight and possibly another family or two. Pray that we have “salty” conversations and allow His light to shine through in our words and actions. We will have another virtual church meeting as we pray out the old year, and pray in the new year on New Year’s Eve. We also hope to get together with another family or two outside somewhere. Malta received the Covid vaccine and a nurse became the first recipient yesterday. They will be rolling this out to health care workers and the elderly and vulnerable over the next few weeks. Pray too as we look this week at setting goals for 2021 personally and as an IMB team here. We want to invest our lives in delighting the Father. To learn more about our missions organization and how you can be involved, visit http://www.imb.org. We have begun speaking with some folks about future trips to come help, but for now we cannot have actual visits, as you can tell by Kathryn’s difficulties in coming. Please pray for some friends with health needs and also some friends who had a sudden loss of a loved one too.
3.) The village of the week is the Local Council area of St. Paul’s Bay. It covers less than six square miles yet has several distinct towns including Bugibba, Qawra, Xemxija, Wardija, Burmarrad, San Martin, as well as parts of Bidnija and Mistra. The population is around 29,000 people, but it nearly doubles in the summer with locals and tourists. The motto is “born again in Christ.” Ask that the people of St. Paul’s Bay would, like Nicodemus in John 3:3, seek Christ. Jesus told him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” You can find out more @PrayMalta on Instagram and Facebook or by receiving the weekly email. Sign up by emailing email@example.com. Isn’t that a great motto??? Let’s keep praying for Malta with its religious roots and ask that 2021 will be recognized for its “unprecedented” growth in followers of Jesus in Malta and around the world! You can of course read more about St. Paul’s Bay/ Malta in Acts 28… 😀
Kids Korner: You can see in the photo that we had some quality time with Kathryn by phone and we were able to have a virtual Christmas with her. She has really enjoyed her KY Christmas and I believe she has also been a blessing to her grandmother too… mutual blessing! She will go get swabbed today for one more attempt at a Malta visit, as she does not have to return to school until the end of January. If it is negative, she has to have ANOTHER negative swab test. If it’s negative again, we’ll buy her a ticket to arrive within 7 days of the test. If either of those are positive, then she’ll be staying at Union and possibly taking a class and trying to get a job on campus or nearby. We know God will make her pathway clear. Meanwhile we have really enjoyed having Thomas back home and hearing about his life at BFA. We are so thankful for him and that he has this experience. He is enjoying the freedom to go out walking and running too. Nathan has enjoyed a break from school and so far has had no problems with his reduction in epilepsy medication. We do have to start in on some school work today and he actually returns to class next Monday but we’ll squeeze in some more family fun this week too. He also has an online “retreat” for two nights as he meets virtually with other MKs in Europe so he’s looking forward to that too.