The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:23-24
Many of us were anxious to leave 2020 behind. We were hopeful that a new year would bring renewed hope and healing. Instead, we were welcomed to higher than ever COVID numbers and increased political divide. The Heinen family entered this year more thankful than ever for God’s faithfulness. We are well aware of the problems of this world. We have family members who have struggled with COVID and other hospitalizations. Yet, we are amazed how much bigger God is than our problems.
Rebekah and Tim celebrated their first wedding anniversary on January 17th. What a year to begin a marriage! Here are some words from Rebekah:
Hello from New Jersey! January is full of excitement around the Thorpe household! I (Rebekah) start my new dream job working with homeless families on the 25th! I couldn’t be more excited to live out the call God has placed on my life! We also get to celebrate our first wedding anniversary on the 17th!!! We went to Dave and Busters (a giant arcade) yesterday to start the celebrations off early. I am more thankful for my sweet husband every day. Being married to him has helped me understand who God is in new ways as I experience how the husband-wife relationship truly is made to be a picture of our relationship with God. Tim’s selfless love and patience with me this past year has helped me fall in love with him and also with Jesus more every day! Speaking of Tim, he is working on getting into a drug and alcohol counseling program so that he can use the gifts God has given him in new ways as he ministers to those enslaved by addiction. I am so crazy proud of him for pursuing this call! We pray blessings on everyone this message reaches in this new year!
Victoria and Noah have an exciting addition to their family – a player piano given to them by a friend! Victoria’s school experienced some shocking heartbreaks during Christmas break. Please pray for them.
Maria continues her life as a college student. She has many of her classes online, a few are a combination of online and on campus, but none are on campus alone. She made dean’s list again (she has never earned anything other than an A in her entire school career).
Leah has suffered some difficult times physically, but continues to be such an encouragement to the rest of us. I continue to slowly decline physically, but am overwhelmed how “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
–that Jesus continues to be our first love and that we share His love and truth with all around us
–for family members struggling with COVID and other major health issues
–for God’s provision, as we have faced some big financial obstacles lately
–for our ministry to the wonderful people at the Appleton Cumberland Presbyterian Church
–for our outreach to neighbors and to our community
–for us to face the challenges of our nation with wisdom and grace
How can we pray for you? Please contact me and let me know. We so appreciate you!
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