Don and Hazel Schaeffer

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update


Dear Praying Friends,

We are at the end of another year and the start of a new year! God has stretched us in many ways this past year, and we are thankful for His goodness and faithfulness in our lives. We are thankful for the ministries that He has given us and allowed us to be a part of. God impressed us with Colossians 4:2-4, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.” These are great verses as we think ahead to our return to Japan in July.


*What a joy it was for Hazel to spend 2 weeks with Eric & Mary, Lizzie & Joel welcoming little Mark Steven! They are adjusting well to life in South Asia. It helped to see their surroundings and the challenges they face there and to see them reaching out to neighbors and people whom they meet. *Don, Rachel, & Donald couldn’t join us at Christmas so we took a quick trip up to see them after the semester was finished. We were happy to get to hear Don preach and to explore their area a bit and to see how much Donald has grown! *We enjoyed having Heidi and Katie’s families and the Kus here for Christmas! With lots of little ones running around, we didn’t lack for entertainment from sword fights to dancing! Hazel was able to see all the kids in December…a true gift!

IN CLOSING There is much beauty around us here in NE Georgia. We recently went with several family members and friends to a gorge about 20 minutes away. We had little ones so we limited our walk but decided to return when it would be just the three of us. After days of rain, we returned on a sunny day to see the gorge full of rushing water with sprays rising hundreds of feet. Sunshine on the spray formed rainbows. The roar of the water hitting the rocks was deafening. As we walked across the suspension bridge and looked down at the raging water, it didn’t look like the same place we had visited just days before. Sometimes in life, we prefer quiet waters…who wouldn’t want to choose that? But there is also beauty when God brings storms and raging water into our lives. God gives us both…the quiet and the turbulent. Whatever God brings our way this year, we can be confident that He is our unshakeable Rock! Aren’t you thankful that we have such a God? May it give you confidence in this coming year!

Grateful for your prayers,

Don and Hazel

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Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer


*Pray for travel up to Cleveland to be with Don’s mom. We look forward to spending a few days with her in January. *For a good start to classes. Don will be teaching Spiritual Formation and Peoples of the World focusing on Japan. Pray for preparation. *Pray for our interaction with students. *Our oldest, Heidi, is expecting the beginning of February. Pray for a safe delivery. *Hyuna Kim, one of our pastor’s wives, has been having unexplained chest pains. Pray for answers and for healing. *Pray for the World Outreach conference Feb. 1-3 that TFC students would hear God’s call to missions. *Pray for Sarah as she starts up full-time student teaching this semester. It will be an intense time.



Updated: December 31, 2015

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