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Christmas Letter 2013

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How lovely on the mountains are the feet of Him who brings good news, who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation, and says to Zion, “Your God reigns!

~ Isaiah 52:7

This verse keeps repeating in my mind as I contemplate on the lovely Cordillera mountain from where I sit at a coffee shop situated on the top floor of a mall here in Baguio City.

Where does this serenity in the midst of turbulence come from?

You see, the past year has been a tumultuous year for Matthew and I. We were faced with so much stress that it has taken its toll on our health.  Twice, Matthew had to be confined in the hospital, while I suffered some setbacks as well (weakened by my hospitalization around this time last year).

However, although unpleasant, this difficulty we recently faced turned out to be a faith building exercise for us. We stand witness to God’s faithfulness as big and small miracles happened… before we knew it, our concerns were being addressed… issues resolved and very slowly but surely problems solved.

To say that we are awed and humbled is an understatement … Thank you, Lord!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our doctors who patiently and lovingly take care of us. In spite of Matthew’s stress related hospitalization, he recovers much faster now than before — a marked improvement.  I, on the other hand, am grateful for my home based work wherein I do what I immensely enjoy doing.

I cannot end this letter without mentioning this blog which is a source of joy for us.  As of this writing, we have 134 followers and have reached 192,963 hits. All in a span of 5 years. Never in our wildest dreams did we ever imagine that we will be able to reach out to so many people through this blog. It excites us that we have developed friendships on cyberspace too.  We got to meet like minded individuals who share our beliefs, convictions and interests. A wonderful blessing!

Let me end this Christmas letter with a quote from one of Matthew’s favourite authors:

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.

~ Meister Eckhart

And we say, “Thank you, Lord” … Indeed, you are good!

Here’s wishing you a meaningful Christmas and a grace filled New Year ahead.

Matthew and Jojang

Written by MattAndJojang

December 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm

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