Christmas in the Philippines

From: mary nebelsick <>
Date: Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 6:50 PM
Subject: Christmas in the Philippines
To:,,,, Ralph Jones <>, Ralph Jones <>, First Presbyterian Church <>, Michael Tenney <>

Dear Friends at First Presbyterian Church,

I heard from Mom that it is icy almost everywhere in the U.S. Here, it is sometimes rainy but mostly cloudy and hot. We have spent a rather quiet Christmas season right here in our house.  Our Christmas season usually begins with Rachie’s birthday.  It was somehow quite a shock for me to realize that she has already turned 15. … Continue

A letter from Nancy Collins in Zambia

November 2010

Dear family and friends,

I continue to praise God for the work God has given me to do here in East Central Africa. It is a demanding job but it is such a blessing.

Debbie Braaksma with CCAP Synod Office and “heroes” of Mtendere.

Debbie Braaksma with CCAP Synod Office and “heroes” of Mtendere.

On October 15, after 30 minutes of bumping over increasingly narrow dirt roads, Africa area coordinator the Rev. Debbie Braaksma and I arrived in Bihembe, Rwanda, to find rows of schoolchildren lined up to greet us. Debbie and I thought we were coming to see the new water connection bringing clean water to Bihembe for the first time.… Continue

Matheny/Nebelsick June 2010 news

June 2, 2010

Dear Friends,

Our time here in the U.S. is drawing to a close.  It is with tinges of sadness and with the joy of anticipation that we return to the Philippines next month.  This year has been a wonderful year at the Overseas Ministries Study Center full of the joys of family.  It has been a time of renewal when we have rededicated ourselves to the mission of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.  We have loved talking to churches and meeting so many dedicated Christians around the country.  We thank you all for the wonderful gift of time that you have given us.… Continue

Matheny/Nebelsick April 2010 news

April 1, 2010

Dear Friends,

It is gray here in New Haven on these final days of Lent.  The clouds are close on the horizon and the weather is blustery and cold.  There are fits of sunshine, but mostly the wind cuts through you like a knife.  It almost makes us forget that on the other side of the world the sun is blazing down on graduation day at Union Theological Seminary.  Graduation day for our other students at Philippine Christian University is not far away.

Behind each of the graduates there is a story that stretches back for generations.  It goes beyond the gates of the seminary, beyond the roads and bridges, up the mountains and beyond time. … Continue