01.06.08 Nininger Letter

Southwest Bible Camp
Glenwood, New Mexico
January 6, 2008 Sunday

To the Gospel Chapel,

Thank you for your care for us over the past year, and then also for the many years of care for us in the past. Debbie, Katy, and I have now been at Southwest Bible Camp for about 1 1/2 years, May 18th will be 2 years.When we came, both Debbie and I wondered what we would be doing, how we would fit into the community. At Immanuel Mission Debbie had been a mom, a keeper of the home, and a librarian in the school. My work at the mission had been teaching, coaching, bus driving, janitorial maintenance, with outreach in the Navajo community.

Here at Glenwood the culture is very different with a foresting and ranching community. We have been working on making the culture adjustments. Debbie has become a part of a ladies’ quilting guild, “The Batts”. She has really enjoyed learning to quilt and she has enjoyed getting to know many community woman with similar interests.

Katy has been making the big adjustment from the mission “Christian” school to the public school at Reserve. That has been and to some extent still is difficult. Her grades are high and her athletic achievements have been good as well, but friendships have been difficult to start. Last year she had a couple friends, but those girls graduated.

At times we have had a group of young people meet weekly with us for games, fellowship, and Bible, but several of that group have graduated and or moved away, so that now that group is just a couple of younger boys that like to come and play board games.

As for myself, the Lord has given me opportunities to coach and teach again (I am a teaching assistant in the Reserve grade school and coaching junior high basketball), coupled with the maintenance work at the camp, which means I am doing some of the same of things as at the Mission, but no bus driving. Debbie was against my picking that up again.

We have been giving thought to how to reach out with the Gospel in the community. That would be one of the following ways of how you could pray for us:
I. That God would be showing us how to, and enabling us to minister Christ to the people of the area.
II. How to strengthen the believers of the churches of the community.

We are in fellowship with a very small (about a dozen people who sometimes attend) missionary Baptist fellowship. Generally, we break bread as a family at home on Sundays, and then go over for prayer, Sunday School, teaching and then dinner at the Glenwood Baptist Church.

Again thank you for how you have cared for us. We were grateful to be able to fellowship with you over the Christmas break and to have an opportunity to renew friendships with some of you.
In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ,

Debbie and Jerry Nininger
P.O. Box 292
17 Mound House Road
Glenwood, New Mexico
88039

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