Christmas Letter

Dear Family & Friends,

Though things around us seem to test  our faith, we have the joy of the Lord in our hearts.

When we think of the word “adore”, which comes to our minds especially at this Christmas time, we wonder: “What does adore mean?” It was something that we thought we knew, but have given it more thought. When we looked in the Bible, we didn’t find it. “Adore” was not in the English text. The Dictionary says: “to regard with the utmost esteem, love and respect, to pay divine honor to; worship.” Another source said: admire, glorify, praise,
reverence, worship.

Looking elsewhere we found the words: respect, esteem and magnify. It means to worship. Our greatest joy comes when we worship the Lord. Another source used the expression “to bow down before, to kneel before and to idolize.” As we think of all these expressions, we need to ask ourselves, “Are we truly adoring Him, or just doing things?  Is our busyness preventing us from enjoying real worship, adoring Him? Some of our greatest moments of worship are in the quiet stillness when thinking of the awesomeness of our Lord, and asking ourselves, “Who are we to capture His attention?” The words from Psalm 46:10 remind us, “Be still and know that I am God.” Also Isaiah 30:15 comes to mind, “In quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”  Let us all make sure we allow nothing to prevent us from adoring Him always.

When we minister the “Steps to Freedom”, we are directing people to be still, think, let the Lord speak to them.. Our surrounding prayers are always for the Lord to prevent distractions  and interferences that would prevent hearing the voice of God. When referring to our ministry, we describe it as leading ones to do business with the Lord. This ministry continues to keep us busy. Please pray that God would grant us added

Christmas 2012 CollageHere’s updates on our family “in a nutshell.” Tommy & Logan live in Colorado Springs; he is employed at the Broadmoor Resort. Josh recently returned from Haiti doing work with NC Baptist Men’s Missions and liking it so well that he wants to return. Anna &  Brett are being sent from Destin FL to Colorado Springs CO with the U.S. Air Force – they are really excited about this.

Heather in the entertainment world has been working in productions out of Myrtle Beach SC going to Chicago, Las Vegas, Niagara Falls for short term shows. Cameron will be graduating from NC State next May with a degree in Environmental Tech Management. Heidi will also be graduating from No. Greenville U. with a degree in Outdoor Leadership. Kara is in her senior year of home schooling. She enjoys her violin, ballet classes and is in The Nutcracker Suite at our local Flat Rock Playhouse. She is currently checking out a few colleges that emphasize mission work. Bailey is finishing her sophomore year excelling in her classes as well as volleyball and looking to be in missions. She was in the Homecoming Court at East High this year. We are so very proud of each one of them.

Thank you for your important part in this ministry. Please continue to pray that the Lord will do a great work in the lives of those with whom we minister. As we near the end of this year, we have great financial needs. Most of those receiving help seem to be unable to contribute to this ministry. Many of our faithful supporters have lost part or all of their
income, which affects their ability to give. We are trusting the Lord to provide  and to enable us to be available so that He can lead more believers to freedom. Praise the Lord, we have seen some real transformations! We praise the Lord for what has been accomplished and thank you all

We send our warmest wishes for a most Blessed and Merry Christmas,

Paul & Joyce Travis

Freedom in Christ Ministry staff
Hendersonville NC
ph: H/828.692.7929, Paul 691.9929, Joyce 691.8929

“A bended knee, a bowed head are signs of submission – to the will of the Father”

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Full time biblical counselors and equippers serving with Freedom in Christ Ministries
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