Welcome to the ministry of the Church of the Nazarene in Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela.
January 08, 2016
Merry Christmas from the Rich Family
Dear Family and Friends,
It is a joy to greet you during this special Christmas Season. We are grateful for God's faithfulness to us during this past year. At times it has not been easy but we are reminded of Emmanuel, God with us!
Due to a change in our visa status, we have been limited in the number of days that we are allowed to be outside the country of Ecuador. This has complicated Dwight's ministry travel and we have had to eliminate and shorten trips. This will last into September 2016 where we will become free to travel however fits our needs.
On September 3, our daughter Stefanie gave birth to our first grandson, Charles Atlas Phelps! He weighed in at 7 lbs. and 6 oz. and was 21 1/2 " long. Technology is such a joy as we receive almost daily photos and videos from our son-in-law, Aaron.
16 days later, on September 19, our daughter-in-law Jennifer gave birth to our second grandson, Brooks Hayden Rich. Brooks weighed 7 lbs. and 1 oz. and was 20 1/2 " long. Since Bryan has his own media business and his office at home, Brooks has become his daily Helper!
Dwight has been busy heading up one of 4 new strategical focuses for the church in South America. It has required many trips and meetings. Carolyn continues to be the "hostess with the mostest." On Thanksgiving she hosted 25 people in our home and in the first days of December hosted over 55 in our annual Christmas leaders luncheon.
On September 29, Dwight's mother Marion Rich was in a serious automobile accident. After struggling through a roller coaster ride of positive and negative swings in her health, she turned 88 on December 5. On December 6 she was at an all time low and Pastor John Poling and his wife were visiting. Those present began to sing some of Mom's favorite hymns. She opened her eyes wide and looked at them, then she nodded, and went to be with Her Lord. We celebrate a life well lived in the service of her Lord and others. She touched many lives in a positive way and she will be greatly missed.
Our whole family was able to accompany dad during the time of the funeral, children, grandchildren, and great-grand sons. We appreciate the prayers for our whole family.
We want to wish you all the joy that Jesus brings during this Christmas Season and throughout the New Year!