On behalf of all of us at the Gospel Family Forum, we wish you and your loved ones a joyful and wonderful Christmas. As followers of Jesus Christ, this season is a wonderful celebration of the greatest gift ever given — our Lord and Savior. Regardless of how you celebrate this season, may your hearts be full of the joy of Jesus.
We are in awe of the beautiful things God accomplished over the past year through the Gospel Family Forum. His provision enabled us to host five different events attended by over 500 attendees. We met families from six different states and two countries. One of our key desires was to see God bring together a community of families who are seeking the Lord and we rejoiced to hear of multiple new family friendships formed. God’s gift of hospitality was in full force as people opened homes to brothers and sisters in Christ who needed a place to stay. We were blessed by our guest presenters who travelled from Virginia, Kansas, West Virginia, and North Carolina.
We are prayerful about how the the Lord will lead us in 2014. He has already put on our hearts a desire to dramatically change how we use our website to provide more resources and facilitate greater engagement among visitors. Our first forum in 2014 will be focused on the biblical principle of stewardship and held in the first part of the year. We are in prayer about additional topics and gatherings. If you have ideas or suggestions for topics we would love to hear from you. Also, if the Lord has put a topic on your heart, we encourage you to contact us about doing a presentation.
Finally, we rejoice in the goodness of our Lord and for the encouragement each of you have been to our families. Over the course of the year, we were blessed countless times watching how God is working in families to draw them closer to Him. We are grateful to each of you for how you have blessed us.
May the God of hope be with you in this season of joy,
H.A. Schade & David Schmechel