12 Days of Christmas – Highlights of 2014
April 1 – Bethany and Zach officially became associates with New Tribes Mission, continuing with their ministry on staff at New Tribes Bible Institute in Waukesha, WI; Zach working in IT and Bethany working in the office.
May 3 – Charity and her classmates at Moody Bible Institute hosted a seminar for the Children’s Ministry department. John and Melanie were privileged to attend and benefit from the great information presented.
May 22 – Josh graduated summa cum laude from Camdenton High School and left on a mission’s trip to Guatemala a few days later.
June 22 – BJ and Carissa (and Harley!) came to Missouri to spend 5 weeks with us while they were in transition over the summer.
July 4 – John made a 6-day trip to Toledo, OH, with his father, sister, aunt, and cousin, to visit other relatives.
August 2 – BJ and Carissa moved to Moody Bible Institute to begin the Jewish Studies Program.
August 6 – Bethany and Zach presented us with our first grandchild, Mason Howaul Parker.
September 19 – After a month of classes at New Tribes Bible Institute in Waukesha, WI, Josh had a minor car accident while making a trip home for the weekend. His car stayed in Missouri to be fixed and he returned to Bible school by Megabus.
November 10 – The first day of driving his new bus route by himself, Josh broke his collarbone while roller skating. No more bus driving till the New Year.
December 3 – John and Melanie began 3 days of MK Summit meetings with various co-workers who are involved in education and care of MKs (missionary kids). It was a profitable time of sharing updates and trends, and evaluating involvement and partnership for continuing ministry with missionary families.
December 10 – Melanie had foot surgery to take care of a Morton’s neuroma and a bunion.
December 19 – Charity is officially finished with her studies at Moody Bible Institute, graduating with a Bachelor degree in Children’s Ministry. Congratulations, Charity!
Trusting you will experience true peace and joy this Christmas season as you celebrate our Savior’s birth!