Thursday, December 20, 2018

Banana Boat Update

Christmas 2018

Recently our family moved from Strasbourg, France to Kindsbach, Germany.  During this time of transition, we often return to Strasbourg to visit and continue in ministry.  On December 5th, we were in Strasbourg to make Christmas visits with the ladies-in-waiting; to give small Christmas gifts and the Bible story from Matthew and Luke in their own language.  We also visited the Christmas markets near the beautiful cathedral and the area where just one week later became the most recent location for a terrorist attack.  We are praying for our friends in Strasbourg; those who were at the location only hours before the incident, or decided not to go because of the weather, and those who live in the neighborhood where the police were tracking down the shooter.  Please pray with us for our friends in Strasbourg as they continue to live and minister during this difficult time.

Here in Kindsbach, we are also involved in ministry.  During this season of giving, we have enjoyed working with a ministry to refugees in giving backpacks and school supplies; and reaching out to victims of human trafficking by giving small gifts, Christmas cookies, and the Christmas story in many languages.

As the New Year approaches, we are looking forward to continued opportunities in ministry. Tiffne is happy to be a part of the European Baptist Federations Anti-Trafficking working group; who are passionate about networking with and mobilizing Baptists to walk into the darkest corners of our world with the light of Jesus’ love. Please pray for Tiffne as she speaks at the European Baptist Federations Children and Youth leaders’ conference in January in Brussels, Belgium.  Also, please continue to pray as we continue to reach out to victims of human trafficking.

Thank you so much for partnering with us in ministry!
Merry Christmas from the Whitleys

Tiffne and Joel Whitley

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