Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! One thing I’ve noticed here in Hawaii is the lack of Christmas spirit. Maybe it’s just me but aside from some houses being decorated, it doesn’t feel like Christmas. Joan does all the shopping so I don’t know if the malls have Christmas music playing or not.Continue reading December 2016
Trust you are doing well. For me, this has been the year for computer woes. Had a hard drive fail and because I’m so cheap I fooled around and used another hard drive I bought cheap from Craigslist only to have it now fail. Am presently using an old, OLD hard drive with Vista as I wait for my new “cheap” computer to arrive then start to build it up with all my files and programs. I hate to upgrade as it’s a whole new learning curve and I’m not that quick to learn new tricks. Speaking of quick, my Quicken program is from 1998. Anyway, I should survive the upgrade.
Another year has come and gone. I trust 2014 was a good year for you and that you ‘re looking forward to what 2015 has in store.
Today I am down nursing my back. Every now and then an old PNG wound surfaces. I remember the day I lifted a load of corrugated iron up so I could shut the tailgate on the truck. Immediately I knew something was hurt and after a trip to the bush, I was on my back for two weeks fearful my missionary career was over. Gratefully, the pain subsided but occasionally I’m reminded of that fateful day. So today I spent some time looking at old photos of our life in Papua New Guinea and thankful for people like you who stood behind us.
This first quarter of the year is our Birthday season. Mieko turned 18 in February and for her special day we went to I-trampoline. The kids jumped for an hour and realized jumping can be quite tiring as you get older. Joan and I sat on the side lines … taking pictures.
We hope this Christmas season is full of Christmas cheer for you as we celebrate the birth of our Savior. I am using the word Christmas often here because it is something we don’t hear much of anymore. Not that it has been replaced with Happy Holidays either. Seems life is going on as usual other than Christmas trees in people’s living rooms (Hawaii imported 1OOK trees from Oregon) and Christmas lights on houses. But where is the Christmas spirit?
A couple weeks ago I sent out our quarterly prayer letter and in it I mentioned the various military ceremonies that are held here. One thing I neglected to mention which I find interesting in the wake of our society’s growing anti-Christian attitude and values is that at each of these ceremonies, they are started with a prayer and commenced with a prayer. The prayers are not watered down nor ecumenical either. I have been encouraged as it appears for now, our nation is not lost … yet.
This month is our twenty-ninth year of service with New Tribes Mission. Where did the years go?
There has been a lot of water over the dam and as we reminisce of our time in Papua New Guinea, we ask ourselves, “How did we do it?” Had it not been for the grace of God and people like you standing with us, we probably would not have survived. I feel so blessed to know that even now, as we go through trials, we have an army of prayer warriors lifting us up before our Lord and Savior.
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Wow, where has the time gone!? It’s middle of summer already! Soon our kids will be back in school. Jared is taking a summer class now so he’s pretty tired as he works a full 10 hour night shift then a couple hours sleep before class starts. Pray he doesn’t fall asleep at the wheel. Mieko just started a new job at a golf course. She loves it so far and gets to golf for free; although, she has never golfed before. Micah just bought a condo and moved in last week so he is now an excited homeowner. Mariko is waiting to hear from Hawaiian Airlines as to when she will start training.
Follow the link to see the Reichman’s Prayer Letter in PDF form. We hope you enjoy the fun drawings!
Attached is our latest prayer letter. In it you will read about our coconut Christmas tree we had when we first moved to Papua New Guinea.
I know it’s been a long time since you’ve heard from me by e-mail. We are all fine. The kids are back in school and working so they are busy. Joan is always moving cleaning houses, our house and taking care of all of us. She is like an Eveready Bunny and just keeps going.