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2008 Christmas Letter

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Jojang and Matt

Jojang and Matt

Dear Family and Friends,

It has been an arduous year for Matthew and I. We were home together most of the time. We had a “forced” retreat, recovering from various health problems we both suffered individually and/or together.

But trials are blessings in disguise, isn’t it?  There is so much to be grateful for.

First of all, I thank God for the strength He gives us. Where would we be without the unfathomable love of God?  Although, we did go through the pain of trial and suffering, the grace of God was more than enough to sustain us.

Matthew and I have deepened our relationship further.

This year, we also experienced the generosity of friends and family. Most of them know that we are cash strapped. And with all our medical expenses, we are humbled by the nameless people who reached out and gave us financial help. Until now, we still couldn’t imagine how we were able to settle our bills. Considering how hefty they were. God is good, indeed.

While recuperating, Matthew and I discovered that there can also be good stuff on television. We watched movies that are inspirational, historical. We learned a lot from the documentaries of National Geographic and Discovery Channel. We try to keep abreast with what is happening with the world. What with the current financial, economic crisis there are a lot to watch out (and pray) for. Oh, but we didn’t only watch the serious mind boggling stuff. We also had fun laughing at silly and funny movies. We enjoyed answering questions from game shows.

However, what tops the list for us this year is our website and blog. It woke up my slumbering skill in writing. I like writing, and I used to do so in the past. But then, I got busy. And it got set aside. Now, because I had time to sit down in front of the computer, it’s slowing coming back. And I enjoy it immensely. I’m convincing Matthew to write too. He has so much wisdom, and reading his writings will be a great experience.

That’s why this 2009, we are looking forward to a great year ahead. We have many things in mind to post at our website and blog. We also have many plans in store for our lives.

God has been good to us. In spite of our trials we know that He is with us every step of the way. We know that He will continue to do so. And we believe it will be so with you, reading this blog. We wish you all the best. We pray for God’s blessings in your life. May this coming year be a wonderful year for you. May the good Lord grant you the desires of your heart.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



Written by MattAndJojang

December 23, 2008 at 2:49 pm

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  1. merry christmas matt and jojang,

    thank you for sharing your experiences of the past year. it inspires me tremendously how great your faith is in the lord…..mine is so miniscule! you both will continue to be an inspiration for me (together with your sister, cristy)on how faithful god is.

    reading your blog is a real treat and one i look forward to daily. keep it up.

    have a great year ahead. love you both.

    ninang mut

    December 24, 2008 at 1:36 pm

  2. A blessed Christmas for the two of you. Surely, God loves you immensely and this He has shown in so many ways. May the love of God continue to be the core of your very beings.

    Happy birthday to the Jesus in you.


    December 24, 2008 at 5:45 pm

  3. Thank YOU so much Mutt and Jackie for your uplifting comments… Merry Christmas too… God bless!


    December 24, 2008 at 8:15 pm

  4. Merry Christmas to both of you.
    Writing ability is inherited from the genes of the Basa clan.
    Keep on with it Jojang and Matthew. Wish you success!

    Come and see us when you are in Manila.

    Warmest greetings from our family.

    Kuya Pe

    Pepe Lugay

    December 25, 2008 at 8:03 am

  5. Dear Matt and Jojang,

    You both look great in the picture. Thank you for sharing. Thank you esp for the inspiring letter. Looking forward to reading more of your writings. A Blessed Christmas and a spirit filled 2009!!

    Mike, Angie and kids


    December 25, 2008 at 12:17 pm

  6. hello jojang and bobby…MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your mom, too…we wish you all the best this season and more for the coming year…may the GOOD LORD continue to bless you abundantly always…we haven’t gone up since the last time we were there…but, your experience with how the GOOD LORD sees to it that our needs are answered and how you keep the faith has brought a new perspective into my life with HIM…and how prayers ( our personal “cell #” ) keep us in touch with each other…we are still awaiting the advice of the Canadian embassy for our passports…we’ve done all the requirements, we just keep praying for our visa approval…anyway, we’ll catch you later…meantime, stay cool!!! (“,(“,(“,(“,(“,(“,) Ana,Miki,Miles,Chepe,and Vic

    vic feliciano

    December 25, 2008 at 2:19 pm

  7. Love you both!!!


    December 26, 2008 at 3:34 pm

  8. Kuya Mat, Ate Jojang

    Happy & fruitful New Year to both of you!
    I would like to say “THANK YOU” too for reminding me
    that indeed GOD IS SO GOOD. Keep on evangelizing, you are a gift…..


    December 28, 2008 at 11:32 pm

  9. Happy New Year, Brother Matthew, Sis. Jojang!


    January 1, 2009 at 10:54 am

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