December 14, 2012
Dear Praying Friends,
Every year at Christmas time our church and college have a Help the Needy Program. Our people go out and sacrificially give of their time and very little money to make Christmas better for those who are less fortunate. Even our college students, who will not be going home for the holidays, want to stay and be a blessing and help to others. We have special fellowships, parties, and other activities for people in our city who are blind, deaf, lepers, street kids, widows, fire victims, slow-learners, prisoners, and others. They will get some food, small gifts, maybe some help with some of their needs; but the best gift of all, they will be given the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We were blessed to have Dr. Ray Young and his wife come for a weekend visit. He had the opportunity to minister to some police officers (pictured below), and Mrs. Young went with my mom on her extension Bible-class route in one of the poorest areas in the city.
Our church’s choir and orchestra will be performing our annual Christmas musical three times in the next couple of weeks. We are expecting many visitors, mostly people that wouldn’t go to church but for a special Christmas presentation.
Our family is doing well. Thank you to those who sent me birthday cards. Brandie and I will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary on the 21st of this month. T.J.’s first school Christmas party is next week. He has to say poem, and his mom is hoping he will actually go through with it! Ava is a sweetheart, and her personality is really starting to show.
A few weeks ago, we lost many of our e-mail contacts because of a cell phone glitch. It really wasn’t my fault- it was the phone…honest! If you would like to receive our prayer letter via email, please let us know. We appreciate you all so much and don’t take it lightly the sacrifices that are made on our behalf. May God bless you this Christmas and in the coming year.
Ricky, Brandie, T.J. & Ava Martin