The Hendricks Family December 21, 2020
Dear Faithful Supporters and Praying Friends;
Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” I always thank God for this time of year. We remember the Savior came to save us from our sins. Let us never let anyone take from us the reason for the season.
This year has definitely, for my family and for many of you, been a different kind of year. We just never know what a year may bring us. From getting stranded for a few extra days in Guyana in April because of the airports being locked down, due to the Corona Virus; then getting home and being under lock down in our homes for a time, again due to the Corona Virus after we returned. We have been told so many things now that have proven false, we don’t trust or believe our own Government or Medical leaders. We have seen things setting up for the coming of our Lord. I personally have seen many Christians living in fear of a virus with a 99 percent recovery rate; mainly because they listen to the news outlets. Let’s get in our Bible and trust the God of Heaven.
This year I have attended and helped with more than my share of funerals. Some from the Corona Virus, Cancer, car wrecks, and many other things. We are reminded that death is upon us. I do not fear death for I know where I’m going. What about you? Now is the day of salvation. I attended the funeral this year of the Pastor that led me to the Lord 48 years ago. I miss him but I will see him again. This year should be a reminder to all that the Lord is soon coming again. Are we ready to meet Him?
The Prisons are still locked down, which has kept us out most of the year. Please pray that this will change with the new year and we can get back into the Units to minister to the men. I received an e-mail this week from one Camp wanting to renew our blue cards, so that is a promising thing. Hopefully we will be back in the Units soon. Please keep these men lifted up during this time.
We are hoping to begin traveling again next year. We cancelled 3 trips this year. We have been told by our Missionary in Haiti that it is still not safe there for us, so we will not be going there in 2021. Pray for Haiti and the unrest there. We have much we want to do but we are waiting on several things: for the election to be settled, and the airports to open up for travel to other countries. We are praying about 5 different trips next year, if God allows. Please help us pray.
We have used these days to try and visit many of our supporting Pastors. Thank you for allowing us to come by and give an update on our ministry. We were able also to fill in for many of you while you were sick or needed to be away from your pulpit. We preached several Revivals and Missions days. God has been good to Becky and I. We have, so far, been healthy. Praise the Lord.
We want to close by saying THANK YOU for your prayers, support, cards, Christmas offerings, and phone calls during this year. We have been blessed by your concern for us. We love you all. If I can help you in any way, please, give me a call.
Your Missionaries in His Service;
Joe & Becky Hendricks