People say that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, however I believe that they have it wrong.  For me, Thanksgiving takes the cake, or pie in our case.  We had an absolutely wonderful time this year.

We had been planning to go to Peru to celebrate with an American missionary, but because of a month-long strike at our civil registry, we were unable to cross the border.  Turns out that it was a good thing that we didn’t continue the plans for Peru because the border agency just happened to also be on strike just on Thanksgiving.

Instead, we decided to celebrate with another American family here in Arica – Jim and Melody Bjur.  They have been a tremendous blessing to us since we arrived here.  Sandra and Melody agreed to split the cooking so the job would be easier on everyone.

We ended up with cooking the turkey because the meal was going to be eaten at an home.  Thus began the hunt for the Thanksgiving bird.  We went to all the usual stores, but couldn’t find any whole turkeys.  Next we tried the major meat markets, but still nothing.  It was looking pretty hopeless, but we kept up the optimism.  Finally, after 2 weeks of searching, we found the only turkey in our region.  I called Sandra to tell her the good news, and suddenly I heard the kids erupt with cheers!  Franco, who had been with me on the hunt, said “What luck!”  That gave us a great opportunity to talk about how God has taken care of our family through the years.

When it was all said and done, we had enjoyed a tremendous meal.  Sandra stuffed the truly with anion, garlic, and lemon, and then we buttered, salted, and seasoned the outside.  Soon the entire house smelled just heavenly!  The turkey, mashed potatoes, candied yams, buttered corn, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, and that was just the beginning!  That was washed down with 3 types of tea, and home made apple cider.  I don’t think that anybody had room for desert, but we all ate it anyway.  Sandra made 2 pumpkin pies, chocolate pie, coconut cream pie, and a pecan pie!  It war almost too good to believe!

We are thankful for may things this year, not the least of which are you.  Thank you for your interest in our family and ministry.  May God bless you richly, the same way that you have been a blessing to us.

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