“Mobilizing Families for God’s Kingdom Worldwide”
"Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow.
You are just a vapor that appears for a little while
and then vanishes away."
~ James 4:14
Dear Friends in Christ,
My how the time flies! Life surely is a vapor. From James 4:14 (above), “You are just a
vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” The question is, what will we do
with the vapor we are given for this life? Oh, to get to the end and realize our vapor, though
used up, has brought praise and glory to God. Oh, may our matchless Creator and Redeemer
make it so for us all! Only He is able to take our sinful flesh, keep our eyes on the prize and
upward call of Christ Jesus, and form in us a life that counts for eternity. Praise Him!
We thought you might enjoy a few snippets of what we have been doing with our vapor.
1. Sarah's Senior Piano Recital
We are so grateful for what the Lord is doing in Sarah's life. Doing this recital was a
real step of faith for Sarah, as it is definitely not her preference to perform. In our opinion,
Sarah is quite gifted, but at 22 she has really only had roughly 3½ years combined of formal
lessons. And only the last eight months have been with an expert teacher, Dr. John Wickelgren,
a graduate of Peabody Conservatory. Also, this was not only Sarah's first solo recital
ever, it was also the first time she has ever performed more than one piece of memorized
work. The whole concert was done from memory, a major accomplishment in my opinion.
Sarah was deeply dependent on the Lord through it all, and her love of music only increases
her love for God, the true creator of sound and music!
If you are interested, we hope to soon put the entire recital, in video as well as audio
format, at our www.gcfamilies.org website. We will put a 'hot link' from the home page to the
resources section. Sarah, as she continues to minister with us, will also be continuing to improve
her piano skills, continue teaching, as well as be available to do music for weddings or
other venues. Her own website, under development, is www.sbeall.com.
In honor of Sarah's graduation and recital milestone, we have included a devotional
she wrote recently which we found very relevant to a young person coming of age when
raised with Christian values in a Christian home. If you are interested, we have a number of
other devotionals Sarah has written at our
www.gcfamilies.org website, under resources.
2. The World Should Know . . . America’s Christian Heritage!
Bernie was invited by our dear friends with Bridges Int’l to speak twice to large groups
of international students in D.C. for a
national conference in December.
The first group was for a bus tour of
the major monuments (see photo).
On New Year’s Eve, he again shared
stories of faith and God’s providence
in the founding of our nation with
another group of int’l students, as
part of the evangelistic conclusion of
the conference. Several placed their
trust in Christ. To God be the glory!
3. More Korean Friends!!
Bernie enjoyed helping set up host
families for ten visiting Korean
students from the Homeschool
Friend program, who were visiting
America for a five week English
language total immersion experience.
Toward the end of the visit,
Bernie did a spiritual heritage tour
for these students and their host
families, in Washington, DC.
4. TeenPact Maryland 2009
In the past decade, Bernie has taken
Josh, Aaron and Sarah to numerous
TeenPact classes. We thought he had ‘retired’ from TeenPact, but decided
this year to do it one more time with
Daniel. It is an excellent four day
leadership development and Christian
government class held in many state capitals, including Maryland’s. Bernie served as the
Guest Director, as Daniel blessed and challenged everyone there by sharing selected Bible
chapter scripture memory passages each day.
5. Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dinner
We had another fun time this year hosting a
dozen couples from our church family. This
year we enjoyed a fun game Bernie created,
which helped spouses encourage and bless
each other by looking at the “One Another” commands of the New Testament. Our young
adults served us again, and did a great job!
God’s great blessings to you and your family, In Christ, Bernie & Linda and family
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have
loved you, that you also love one another.” ~ Jesus (John 13:34)