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Jan 2014

The Blessing of a Broken Head

ALL, Christ for Romania

Psalm 37:16

A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your love and care. Praise God for the year we made it through, and may this next one be crowned with His loving-kindness too.

During Christmas vacation, I felt the stresses of materialism. The verse above was a big comfort as was a incident with our son Demetrius. Close to Christmas time Demetrius fell off the couch and hit his head. It made a horrible sound which we heard in the other room. He cried pretty hard, and we were worried about him having a concussion, especially as later on in the night he woke up and vomited many times. Complicating things is the horrible medical system here. For many very valid reasons I'm quite scared to go to the doctors, especially the emergency room. All the bribery, incompetence, malpractice, filth etc., etc., etc. I could tell you horrifying story after story, but I'll save you the drama. I'm not advocating not going to the doctors. Doctors are good and those who are sick need a physician. There is just a difference between a physician and what goes on here. All that said, we prayed very hard and asked the church to pray for Demetrius as well. Praise God, when he finally got to sleep, he slept well and woke up happy and well in the morning. Needless to say it was a scary time. Yet we are so happy that Demetrius is well.

I'll tell you one thing that I learned from all this: Material things really don't matter that much. I went from one moment feeling the stresses of the Christmas season, all the pressure to buy, and the desire to have more than you do, to just pleading with God for our little boy to be all right. We've got a lot to be thankful for. And it is so true, the little that the righteous (justified forgiven Christians have) is better than the riches of many lost wicked. Certainly there is no greater richness a person can have than to be reconciled to God and have an inheritance in heaven. Health and family are pretty nice cherries on top of all that too. Praise God, we've got a lot to be thankful for.

Here is a sermon from church.

One other exploit we got to do this Christmas season was to give a family picture Christmas card and a gospel tract to my bosses and many of my work colleagues. I'm grateful to God for this opportunity. Please pray with me for God to save their souls.

Praise God I also have good health, but Andrea, and our children are a bit sick. Please pray for them to be better. Please pray for God to build His church and save many many of the lost here in Romania.

We look back with amazement at God's kindness and look forward with joy to what is yet to come. May God give us more grace from Him to be...

Jonathan, Andrea, Hannah, Demetrius, & Ilinca DeSeno

1 John 3:1

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