Merry Christmas from the Dixons!
It’s been quite a year for us. The first six months were smooth sailing. Marsha continued to find favor with her employer, a local nursing home, and Jim was finding success at the local ADT dealer.
Then, Marsha lost her job in July following a management change at the nursing home and is still unemployed. Jim quit his job in late October over decisions the owner of the company was making that Jim could not, in clear conscience, go along with. He began a new business venture as a broker for an equipment lease financing company in Florida. But, as with any startup businesses, there’s no immediate income, so he is looking for a job that will meet our financial needs and provide some stability. Once established, the equipment lease financing will require a minimal time investment and should provide good long-term income.
Jim made two trips to Peru, in February, and June, to speak at pastors and leaders conferences and ministry workshops, and in local churches.
In October we both traveled to Peru. It was an exciting trip as one of our adopted “kids”, Maria Momojara married Paul Diamond. Jim helped perform the ceremony. We also did an evangelism workshop for our “kids”, Jose and Marlene Navarro, and Marsha spoke at a women’s meeting in their church. And we helped celebrate a church anniversary for our first “kids”, Jose and Raquel Vicente.
Mike has returned to his old job as Deputy Director of the Benton County Emergency Management Agency following a two year absence. During those two years he worked full time in his audio/video company, DB Productions. Rhonda is teaching again this year at Ambassadors for Christ Academy—this year in pre-K and after-school care. Rhonda’s teaching at ACA means free tuition for Emily and Megan, now 11and 9, and that’s a significant benefit for their family.
Emily is playing club volleyball in Fayetteville, and she loves it. The first several weeks are preparation for the winter season, which begins in January. Watch for reports on her team’s success on FaceBook. Megan opted for piano lessons, and will begin those in January.
Jeff continues to work as a title agent for a local company that has expanded into the Fayetteville area, and he is running that office. Vanessa is still a stay-at-home mom (Yea!). Jeff and Vanessa are working with the youth ministry at the church, and Jeff is playing drums in the Sunday morning service. Abbigail is in 3-year old preschool. She looks so much like her mama and acts just like her daddy.
What’s in store for 2012? Hopefully, jobs for both Jim and Marsha. Time and finances permitting, we plan two trips to Peru. And we are back to work on our book, God’s Blueprint for Marriage, based on the principles we learned during the restoration of our own marriage, and hope to finish it very soon.
Our faith in Jesus Christ sustains us, and we pray the Lord will sustain you throughout the coming year as all. God bless!
In His Love,