Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

To our Friends and Loved Ones At the close of this year of our Lord, 2015 “Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me” (Psalm 66:16). Challenge: Brussels Alert This Christmas season struck the Mahars with a staggering impact as it coincided with the terrorist […]

The Walls of Matende Church Rise…

Thro’ many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; ‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home.—John Newton A Series of reports on the Summer 2014 CongoTrip The following is a series of reports from my brother, Clement (Bud) Kroeker, regarding his efforts in Congo this summer of […]

Joyful Christmas

Joyeux Noël December 2013 “I bring you good tiding of great joy, which shall be to all people. (Luke 2:10-11). JOY is the theme the Mahars have chosen for this Christmas of 2013. It appears on some stakes on our front lawn, and on our dining table in the form of a snow-globe that chimes, […]


“Embarkation of the Pilgrims,” by Robert Walter Weir. William Bradford is depicted at center, kneeling in the background, symbolically behind gov. John Carver (holding hat) whom Bradford would succeed.—Wikipedia Thanksgiving: An American Holiday Thanksgiving is a critical part of  America’s history. Most of us, when celebrating the occasion, remember that it originated in the autumn […]

Wise Men From the East

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east” (Matthew 2:1). Amidst staggering world events, concerns over the economy, wars, pressures of daily life, health, grief over loved ones who have recently left us, and the unknown future, it seems […]