December 1, 2011
Dear Prayer Warrior:
The most wonderful season of witness is now open to us. The celebration of Christ coming into this world fully God and fully man is our opportunity to tell the world what Christmas is all about. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Understanding that Christ knows all our temptations, hurts and joys helps us to know how much He really loves us. Saundra and I thank you for your love to us all year long. Saundra said to me, “You have not given a family update in a long time”. I really can not remember when I last did that.
Let me start with Saundra and I. We celebrated 46 years of marriage this last October and we both had our 65th birthdays this year. We are both dealing with the aches and pains of the years on our bodies. I have mine compounded by the agent orange (dioxin) that I came into contact with in Viet Nam. Saundra has knee and back pain. We say this because we covet your prayers. We serve with joy and always know that God’s grace is sufficient. We have had a great year of serving the Lord and look forward to 2012.
Our daughter, Alesha, and her husband, Brother John Seay, serve in Fredrick, Maryland. Bro. John is pastor of Fredrick Baptist Church. They have a soul-winning and growing church. Alesha works with the women and music ministry and is having great blessings. Bro. John has seen the church grow steadily each year under his leadership. They have four children. Sarah and Cynthia are attending college at Commonwealth Bible College in Lexington, Kentucky. John Mark and Karissa are being home schooled by Alesha. John Mark and Karissa are both church bus workers and active in the music and youth programs at church.
Our son, Paul, and his wife, Amye, are very active at Nelson County Baptist Church in Bardstown, Ky. Paul is a deacon and leader of our Senior Saints ministry and teaches the senior adult class. Amye teaches the young children’s class and is our main church pianoist. They are both active in many other areas of ministry in the church. They have three children: Blake, Emily and Zach. Blake and Emily are in Christian School and Zach, at age three, manages to keep busy. All the children are active in their church age group.
Our daughter, Andrea, and her husband, Brother Mark Forester, are in full-time evangelism and gospel music ministry, They have been married eleven years and have made twenty-two Southern Gospel Albums. They travel all over America with their ministry. They just returned from Scotland where they had four concerts and presented the Gospel. God continues to give them many souls for their labor. They have two boys - Tyler, which Andrea home schools, and Trevor, who is our youngest grandchild at two years old.
What a joy it is to have nine grandchildren loving the Lord and their parents all serving the Lord on a daily basis! You have been a part of the influence on their lives as you have supported our family in the work of the Lord.
May you have the Merriest of Christmases and a very Blessed and Happy New Year!
Yours in Christ,
Bro. Joe Adams