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Merry Christmas 2017

 

The Davis family has again had an exciting year full of blessings and change.

We began January with our family together celebrating a national championship by our favorite college football team. Go Tigers! Abby traveled to Los Angeles where she received an All American award for soccer. 

Abby Davis with Alexi Lalas at the All-American Banquet

It was a blessing to share the ministry of EMU with our friends at Beth Haven Baptist Church in Simpsonville, pastored by Kerry McGonigal.
In February, I was privileged to have Joanna and Hannah join me on my trip to Uruguay. This was a first for both of them, to travel on an international mission trip. It was a great opportunity to see how God has blessed EMU’s ministry in Uruguay over the past seventy years. I preached twelve times at the workers’ conference and also five times at family camp. I also spoke several times at a couple of churches.
Joanna with Uruguayan Missionaries
Jeff preaching at Family Camp

We participated in evangelistic efforts in the hospitals and at a local market. Joanna and Hannah enjoyed working at the camp. It is exciting to be a part of a ministry that focuses on nationals training nationals to reach their own people.

Shortly after returning to the States, we traveled to Indiana to share the ministry of EMU with several pastors and churches. One of these churches, Waterman Baptist Church in Lodi, is pastored by my friend John Goldfuss.

     
With Pastor John Goldfuss, Waterman Baptist Church in Lodi, Indiana
and Pastor Gene Jeffers, Forest Park Baptist Church, Terre Haute, Indiana.
March was also a first for our family as we added a new member, Ollie our Goldendoodle. I love dogs, but for our entire 27 years of marriage, I have refused to own one. Well, I finally broke down. With all of the change facing our family, she has been a wonderful encouragement. She is a very playful puppy that is now 9 months old. She weighs over 40 pounds. If you are interested in owning a goldendoodle, be sure to check out our friends at Downtown Doodles. 
Thankful for matching Christmas pajamas and time spent together.
April was a busy month as I spoke at three different churches for missions conferences: Liberty Baptist in Stockbridge, GA, pastored by Matt Grimes, South Pointe Baptist in Anderson, SC, pastored by David Neal, and Cleveland Park Bible in Spartanburg, pastored by Ken Cassillas
Bethany Davis Wilder graduated from Bob Jones University with a
B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications.

May began what turned out to be an incredibly busy summer. Bethany graduated from Bob Jones University with a B.A. Degree in Journalism and Mass Communications.  After nine months on the market, our house in Anderson finally sold. We had to move in with my mom for a month and then we moved to our new house in Greer, SC, in the middle of June.

Bethany and Abby worked at the Wilds this past summer. Abby was a counselor and Bethany was the Junior Camp pianist and videographer. Hannah attended C.I.T., the counselor training program at the Wilds and then was asked to work as a waitress, so all three of our girls were at camp all summer.

Caleb and Jamie are still teaching at the Charter School in Greer. Jamie is finishing her M.A. at Clemson and graduates this month. Caleb has one more semester on his M.Div. from Southeastern. They traveled to Germany and Switzerland in June on a Reformation Study Tour, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Caleb and Jamie on their Reformation Study Tour.
We had a busy summer as we began renovations on our basement with plans to move my mom, Elaine Davis, in with us later this year. It took us about three months but she now has a nice full-size apartment. I also love my new office. Come see our new house (119 Oak Wind Cir., Greer, SC). 
In my new office downstairs
Our summer was also busy as I continued to work on learning all I can about the ministry of EMU International. I began in earnest trying to learn Spanish as I worked with Susana Rodriguez. I am making progress, but still have a long way to go. 
Studying Spanish with Susana

We also were busy preparing for Bethany’s wedding. The girls left camp a week early and Bethany and Kris were married at University Baptist Church in Clemson on August 12, which is also our anniversary.

Kris and Bethany are now living in Raleigh, NC, and working at Friendship Baptist Church and Christian School. I am looking forward to preaching this coming Spring at a mission conference at their church which is pastored by my friend Bob Vradenburg.

(L to R) Caleb, Jamie, Hannah, Abby, Bethany, Kris, Joanna, Jeff

Hannah began her senior year of high school. She is homeschooled, but she also took two classes at Bob Jones University which serve as duel credit. She wasn’t sure how she would do taking college classes but ended up with an A in both classes, Economics and Old Testament.

Abby began her junior year at BJU. She is studying Culinary Arts and Business. She is also playing soccer for the BJU Bruins.

In September I preached at two different churches, Tabernacle Baptist Church in Wilson, NC, pastored by my friend Joe Shakour, and Westgate Baptist in Spartanburg which is currently looking for a pastor. That opened up an opportunity for the first three weeks of October as I continued to minister to the people at Westgate.

For the last two Sundays in October, I traveled to Uruguay for a work team. Visit http://emuinternational.org/camp for a photo journal of that trip.

On November 5, I returned to Westgate and preached for their Missions Emphasis Month. Much of the month of November was spent finishing the work in our basement and setting up my new office. I also have been busy lining up meetings for 2018.

Another exciting event occurred in November as Abby and the BJU Lady Bruins soccer team won their third straight National Championship. Abby again was named 1st Team All American. She paid the price though. In pre-season, she began having pain in both of her lower legs. After an M.R.I. It was determined that she has exercise-induced compartment syndrome. Basically, her legs swelled so much that they could not return to normal. On December 15, she had a Fasciotomy to release the pressure.  Don’t look it up on Wikipedia while you are eating. Please pray for quick and complete healing.

On December 16, Hannah turned 18 years-old. Wow! Our baby is now a young adult.

Hannah is now Eighteen Years Old

As we begin 2018, please pray as I make the official transition to Director of EMU International. I will be traveling a lot representing the mission. I also will be making two or three trips out of the country.

Please also pray for my mom Elaine Davis as she is having several weeks of radiation treatment following the removal of a small cancerous tumor. Also, pray for Joanna’s parents Gene and Barbara Jeffers who are both suffering from major health issues.

 

From our family to yours

Merry Christmas 2017