Dear praying friends,                                                                          Jan 2016

            Time to update you on happenings at Immanuel Mission and in our lives. We have seen many prayers answered concerning the school over the last few months. We have been able to correct nearly all the recommendations of the inspector. The new playground is nearly complete. We were able to purchase a used apparatus on Ebay. In Nov I traveled to New Jersey, loaded it up in a UHaul truck and drove back to the mission. It was fun to visit family and friends all along the way. I will send a separate email with pictures since I don’t know how to include it here. We are currently building a new storage shed for extra desks and school related materials. (The inspector did not like the old mobile home we were using as a storage shed). We purchased new doors and side windows for the main elementary entrance. We still need to replace some sidewalks that have deteriorated over the years. We will wait for warmer weather. There has been no reinspection but we think we are ready. Please pray for an inspector that will work with us and not try to shut us down.

            We had a good end of the first half of the school year. As usual, students from Cedarville University came Dec 13-18 to minister in the school. Dec 18 was our school Christmas when we give a nice bag of gifts to each student. Thanks to generous giving of many we were able to give some great gifts. For some of our students this is the only Christmas gifts they get.

            Ruth and I were able to travel to Kansas and Iowa over the Christmas break and visit our family. The whole Bloom clan (25 in all) spent three days together in one house and had a blast. We returned Dec 28th to the mission so Ruth could close out the mission books. We then had friends visit from France for a couple of days. Now we are back in the normal schedule of school.

            We are currently receiving lots of moisture. Some snow and some rain. The roads are very muddy. We have chains on the buses but still it is so slippery. Pray for continued safety as we try to get students to school each day.

             A big thank you for those who continue to support us and the work of Immanuel Mission. God is at work – evidenced by the problems that Satan keeps throwing our way. So, keep praying for us.

                                                                                 Love, John and Ruth