Ken & Linda Walker
This is the first time in many years that we have been in the USA (our new home) for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. We were with family for Thanksgiving and will be with family for Christmas even though our children and grandchildren will only be with us between Christmas and New Year. We saw our first signs of Christmas this year at a Cracker Barrel before Thanksgiving. Since then everyone seems to be “pulling out the stops”. As we pause from time to time to think of authentic Christmas our minds race back through this year and are reminded of what the birth of Christ has meant to us…his love and gift of salvation, a life style that points to others, a present joy and peace and a hope for eternity.
It has been a wonderful year full of blessings and challenges that began on January 1, 2006 and has been our first full year away from Africa for over fifteen years. Except for missing the people of Africa we have adjusted fairly well into our new culture.
Our family has increased by three during the past fifteen months. All three of our children have added a newly born to their family since October, 2005. Tamara and Mark have added Elijah Moshe, Brian and Patti have added Conner and Brad and Heather have begun with Caleb. They have brought delight to all of us and especially grandma Linda. Perhaps the grandchildren and especially these last three have overbalanced the loss of both her parents. Both of Linda’s parents passed away only a week apart in June of 2006. It has been a very difficult time but Linda and her family have come through it well. Thank you for your prayer.
Three primary foci have captured most of our attention this past year. We were give the option to stay on missionary contract as “missionary at large” when we returned to the USA in December of 2005. We accepted this assignment. The first focus of this assignment has been to hold deputation and Faith Promise services in New York, Texas, Wyoming, Virginia, Florida, Tennessee….. The response of people and churches to our challenges have been encouraging.
Our second focus has been to be involved in the establishment of the Education Development United (EDU) Foundation. It has taken us most of the year to get this done but our articles of incorporation have been submitted and we are now functional. We praise God for this accomplishment and are now poised to establish scholarship endowments for Africa as well as to consider other projects. We are reminded of the scripture that says, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived of what God has for those who love Him.” (I Corinthians 2:9) We look forward to great things ahead in 2007.
The third focus has been to serve as Interim Regional Education Coordinator for the Caribbean Region of the Church of the Nazarene. It has been a year of learning as we try to make a difference in this region which is new to us. Our experiences from Africa have been of great assistance but the cultural and administrative differences from Africa have been interesting, challenging and humbling. But again God has blessed. We now have an Assistant REC in the person of Andres Hernandez of Puerto Rico. Andres is a very qualified young man and will be working closely with Ken during this next year as Andres assumes more and more of this work. It has been enjoyable working with the Caribbean Regional personnel and staff this past year.
While focusing on these three assignments we have managed to establish a residence in Indiana. We live in a double wide mobile home on an acre of land next to lots of trees. We enjoy it immensely when home. Our address there is 3015 Dixie Rd SW, Corydon, IN 47112. Stop in and see us if you get to our “neck of the woods”.
As we look to 2007 our schedule will be similar to this past year….more speaking in missionary services and Faith Promise Conventions, developing projects and promoting the EDU Foundation (Let us know if you would like to know more about the foundation and education partnership chapters) and walking along side of Andres Hernandez in the task of coordinating theological education in the Caribbean. We hope to cross your path somewhere along the way. However, if we miss you please do not forget to pray for us. “….and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:8)
We want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year.