Surprised at Christmas

Ruth and I enjoy watching Hallmark Christmas movies. While the plots are predictable (boy and girl meet, boy and girl fall in love; misunderstanding ruins their heretofore idyllic romance, they part; but somehow all gets explained and forgiven; they kiss and live happily ever after.) Such is life…on TV, at least. The truth is: we’re both suckers for a happy ending!

Our last newsletter reported an impending condo purchase right behind Moye and Lavon. We had sold our house without having to put it on the market. We were thrilled!

The condo deal fell through. The sellers had issues that kept them from getting the loan to buy their new place. So we found ourselves homeless! Surprise #1. Picture1

Realtor Rob Risser took us to look at a house in the over 55 community Brookshire in Manheim 5 miles west of Lititz. It has 3 bedrooms, two full baths, open floor plan, laundry room, and garage. Friends who have seen it (or pictures) say it looks like our present house, only smaller. Actually it fits us better than the condo! Surprise #2! Isn’t it just like Jesus to take away something you thought you wanted so He could give you something far better? The price was only $5,000.00 more. Hallelujah!

We believe the condo was just God’s way of getting us to start the downsizing process. We’ve signed papers, for the new house, so it’s ours! Glory! Painters are already at work; soon flooring and kitchen counter tops will be replaced. We have movers lined up for the piano (12/27) and the rest on December 30.

We’ve sold some things and blessed 4 families with needed furnishings. We’ll donate many items to charities. Our cell phone numbers and email and will remain the same. Still use current address until notified otherwise. Pray for the move to go smoothly, please! Thank you.



Corrie Ten Boom



Corrie ten Boom

There were Christmas trees in the street between the barracks. Why I don’t know. They were the saddest Christmas trees I ever saw in my life. I am sure it was with the purpose of blaspheming that the dead bodies of prisoners had been thrown under the Christmas trees.

I tried to talk to the people  around me about Christmas, but they sneered at whatever I said. It was in the middle of the night that I heard a child crying and calling out, “Mommie! Come to Oelie. Oelie feels so alone.”

I went to her. “Oelie, Mommy cannot come, but do you know   who is willing to come to you? Jesus is.”

Although Oelie was emaciated from lack of food, she had a sweet face, beautiful eyes, and wavy hair. Oelie had been operated on and the incision on her back was covered by a bandage of toilet paper.

That night I told this poor child about Jesus: how He came into the world as a little Baby, how He came to save us from our sins. “The Lord Jesus loves Oelie and has borne her punishment on the cross. Jesus is in heaven right now, and He is getting a house ready for Oelie.”




“The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

                  Jesus, in Luke 4:18

Later I asked her what she remembered of what I had told her. “What is the house like?” I asked. “It is very beautiful. There are no wicked people there, only good people and angels. And Oelie will see Jesus there.” The child added, “I will ask Jesus to make me brave when I have a pain. I will think of the pain Jesus suffered to show Oelie the way to heaven.“









 Wayne & Ruth