Friday, December 12, 2008

Christmas 2008

Dear Family & Friends,
We thought we would put together a little yearly letter to let everyone know what an eventful year this has been. We had a wonderful Christmas and New Year with our daughter, Tamara, and family after the first of the year as they were in Pensacola with her husband’s folks for Christmas. It was fun spending that time with them and watching everyone receive their gifts. Tim and Caleb, our oldest grandsons, were in Alaska and we missed them but they had a fun Christmas with lots of snow and COLD!!

In February we were at our favorite restaurant for breakfast when we received a call from our neighbor informing us that our yard was on fire. We hurriedly returned home to find the fire out and 40% of our yard burned. None of our dwellings or property was burned. We praise the Lord for wonderful neighbors who called the fire department and picked up hoses to help fight the fire. The firemen arrived speedily and made quick work of stopping the blaze. We took lots of pictures to show how our home was protected. Even the fireman said that our home was protected by Father. In the spring we had a beautiful green lawn and no sign that a fire had ever happened. The cause was a downed power line that caught the dry winter grass on fire. We praise God for our home and His protection!

In the Spring Tim and Caleb returned to Texas with their dad and his family. We were so glad to see them! They had been gone to the cold northwest for 9 months and needless to say they had LOTS of stories. They had experiences that most children only dream about (chopping wood, snowmobiling, 60 below weather and Moose soup). Just get them started and they will talk your ear off!

Another change happened in our family when my mom had to go into a nursing home due to some health issues and passed away the end of July. It was hard to let go of mom but we knew that she was with Jesus. It was good to see many of our extended family at the services. It had been quite a while since we had visited. We used to have reunions but it has been a while since we have done that. The pastor who preached the message at her service gave an awesome word about our Lord. What a testimony of Father’s love! My mom was very instrumental in my coming to know Jesus as Savior and Lord.

Tamara (our daughter), her husband, Daniel, grandchildren, Gabbi and Zech plus Tom and Chelle, our son and his wife, came to visit the middle of October. They spent some time with my dad and just hanging out with us and each other. It had been several years since we had all been together. It was so much fun! We played games, ate and ate some more! Tom had to have his Texas barbecue fix so we all got to enjoy that! This was a very special time for our family!

We are so excited about the holidays! We spent Thanksgiving with Tamara and family in San Antonio and in December we plan to go to Tam’s for Christmas. Tim and Caleb are supposed to join us for Christmas. We would request that you pray for Tamara as she is experiencing some severe back pain due to two herniated discs in her low back. We pray healing over her back in Jesus name daily. Please pray wisdom for her and for Daniel. Tom and Chelle will stay in Alexandria, VA where they now live. They both work in the Washington D.C. area.

This has been a very busy year for Christ’s Kingdom Ministries also! Even though we have not made any long trips, we have made several short trips to East Texas to visit with friends and fellow servants for encouragement and blessing. Father is using us greatly in our home church to minister to our adoptive children plus pastors and leaders. Also we receive numerous calls and emails from around the world for prayer and encouragement. We continue to pray daily for many missionaries around the world in very dangerous areas and also pastors and leaders around the country who need a word of encouragement and a reminder of God’s Word.

We thank all of you for your prayers for us and for the ministry that Father has given us! Our Lord continues to give us direction that we will soon be traveling extensively so we stay ready for His purposes to be accomplished. Thank you to all who support financially this work and there is no way to adequately tell you what your giving has meant to us over these 9 years.

“For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign to you: You will find the Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:11-14

We wish all of you a very Merry Christmas! Remember that Jesus is the Reason for the Season! We love you!

Charley & Karen

Christ’s Kingdom Ministries Matthew 6:33
Charley & Karen Tackett
P. O. Box 822101
Ft. Worth, Texas 76182-2101