Archive for December, 2008

December 2008 Report

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Dear Friends

As we come to the end of 2008 we would like to share with you a short update on our family:


Tyler turned 21 in October, 2008. He is living at home and working for an electrical contractor company and at Pizza Hut while he continues to weigh career and educational options. He continues to be in excellent health – free and clear of all his childhood health problems! We praise God for that. Emily, 16, is playing on her school’s volleyball team, is a wonderful student, and is passionate about missions, serving God and her church youth group.   Abbey turns 11 years old tomorrow (December 18th). She is a wonderful student, plays volleyball and on the 5th-6th grade cheer squad. She enjoys her youth group at church and is  excited about starting the Middle School youth program next summer. Diane is substitute teaching at Abbey’s school and serves as chief chauffeur and schedule manager for the Bushnell girls. She volunteers with the children’s ministry at our church and enjoys small group Bible studies with other women.

Diane’s mom, Joan Budensiek, passed away just last week, December 11, 2008. She was 77 years old. We made a quick trip to Waterloo Iowa for the burial and to spend time with Diane’s 3 brothers. Joan had been in the care of hospice. We are comforted knowing that she is free from pain and in the arms of her Savior and best friend, Jesus Christ, whom she loved and served.

Chris continues serving as a missionary with Team Expansion’s Hispanic Outreach team. In 2008 he began serving as interim worship minister of Nueva Vida Christian Church and at the Fern Creek Hispanic outreach (both Team Expansion church-plants). Also he has returned to the world of college student. This fall he took Biology and Medical Terminology. Next semester he will be taking College Algebra, Chemistry and Lab. He is hoping to finish these prerequisites by 2011 at which time he hopes to apply for Physician Assistant school at the University of Kentucky. He serves one day a week as a Spanish interpreter/pastoral counselor at a free medical clinic in Shelbyville KY.

Chris’ mom, Phyllis, made a big move in August. After her sister passed away in May she sold her house in Enid, Oklahoma and moved to a condo in Joplin, Missouri, just 5 minutes from Rick and Sheryl’s home (Chris’ older brother). We’re all really proud of her and the way she has embraced all these changes. She has plugged in at the church where Rick serves as the “seniors” minister and already made many new friends, all the while taking advantage of unlimited long distance with her friends back in Enid.


December 2008 Prayer Pointers

  • Praise God for the life of Diane’s mom. Please pray for God’s comfort, strength and presence to be real in Diane’s family.
  • Praise God for a great year and for God’s provision, guidance and grace for our ministry and family in 2009.
  • Pray that Nueva Vida continues to make important strides to becoming a self-sustaining and self-governing church, and that the Fern Creek Outreach grows in number and maturity in 2009.
  • Praise God for the successful semester of college I recently completed, and for God’s grace and strength, as well as good time-management as I tackle much more difficult subjects next semester.
  • Pleae pray for wisdom for Tyler as he looks at career and eductioanl options – that he would hear and obey God’s leading.
  • Praise God for the positive transition my mom made this year. She moved from Enid OK to Joplin, Missouri – to just 5 minutes from my brother Rick. She has gotten plugged in with the Seniors ministry at College Heights Christian Church and made a number of new friends. She is doing great and in wonderful health! My sister Cindi has already arrived in Joplin from Idaho and my family will be traveling there next week so that we can be together at Christmas.

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year Celebration. May God be glorified and may His Kingdom come in our lives in 2009!


In Christian Love,


Chris and family