It’s Christmas Day night…the gifts have been opened, the celebrations around tables have been had, the wishes for Merry Christmas and Happy New Year have been said.
And now, the night will soon be silent…just like it was at His birth. A silent night. A holy night. A night that changed your life and mine.
We had the opportunity to attend a candlelight service last night and the Pastor of this congregation shared the history of the song “Silent Night”. What an important message and reminder to us all of what this season is all about.
Though Winter has settled in around us, we have not slowed down and continue with the work that presents itself to us. As a side note, we are with Keith’s brother in Arizona for Christmas and for the remainder of this year. Though emails can be checked, book orders will not able to be processed until the second week of January, when I will be back in the office.
What’s ahead in 2020? We will see changes to the AKM website as our faithful Dustin Samko will be working on updating it. We have also added a Twitter and Instagram account as opportunities to reach others.
We added a new Board Member in December! Jessica Gunning is now serving with us. Her expertise with bookkeeping and financial records will be a huge help.
A new family also joined us on the farm in December. Jewell Pretty Weasel along with her husband Hugh and son David moved here from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Jewell recently retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and is going to be working with students and staff at the Mokahum Ministry Center in Cass Lake. This is the campus where Keith is now the Director of Education.
We have a few requests we would appreciate your feedback on. If you have transcribed a book into your native language, would you please contact us and let us know which book it is and how someone could reach you to obtain a copy? I will check with Dustin on making this visible to everyone.
On that same note, if you are interested in transcribing a book into a foreign language, please reach out to us is well. There are only a small handful of books available. I am aware of several being worked on, but it is quite a process. We have a few basic requests that we ask you to follow. We would love to hear from you. You do not have to respond in English! We found an amazing app that translates hundreds of languages. Though it is several steps, it can be done!
Final request from the UK…if you are a home fellowship or group that is looking for other believers who are like minded, there are several requests we receive to find these types of connections. Please send us an email with your information and we will pass that on. This will be a huge blessing to other believers!
Hopefully later this Winter, we will post physical needs on the farm to find out in there are individuals or teams who would like to spend time volunteering here and working on projects this Spring or Summer. Resources and finances will be a factor, but God knows our every need and will provide accordingly.
Until the next update, thank you all again for your prayers, your support and your desire to see with us what God’s plan and purpose for the future of this ministry is.
We want to take this opportunity to wish each of you a Merry Christmas and to pray a blessing over the next year.
On behalf of all of us on the farm…