Dear friends and family,
We have been in Malawi for over a year now. The amount that we have grown in the Lord is amazing. We are not fluent in the language yet, but we are making huge strides towards that direction.
These last few months have been busy and full of change and new ministry opportunities. The children are back in school now, are doing well, and are adjusting to the changes. Mark is able to be in a swimming club once a week and he is really enjoying it. Miriam continues to attend her occupational therapies and her favorite subjects in school are French and P.E.
Our family is also growing. We are expecting our third child in February. We are so excited about this new change in our lives and we know God has amazing things for this new child. The health of the baby continues to look wonderful and it is very active.
We are able to go to an orphan care center/preschool once a week. We have been teaching these children English and they are helping us learn Chichewa. We have been sharing a Bible story with them in Chichewa every week. We are also teaching the teachers different educational tools and resources to use in the classroom. It is a joy to continue to show the children God’s love and his power and to work together with the teachers.
During our time here, we are working hand in hand with the Anglican Diocese. We have the amazing privilege to be helping with the children’s programs for all of the central region churches. We have gone to several churches to visit and/or teach the lesson for the children’s ministry. The teachers are eager to learn new ways to teach the Gospel of Christ to the children. They are very excited to learn that we are putting together a resource book to give them a variety of new ideas for each lesson.
Our first furlough was scheduled for December. After much prayer, we moved our dates back so that the baby’s delivery could happen in America where we will be surrounded by our families. We will be there from January 1 through April 5. The children will miss the second term of school in Malawi, so Mark is going to be homeschooled in Illinois by his Aunt. Miriam is going to be homeschooled by Mom. The kids will be right on track for the third term starting in mid-April.
We plan on making trips to several places in Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan (and maybe more) while we are home to connect with our amazing supporters. Visiting and giving updates to our partners is very important to us. If you would like to visit with us, we would love to arrange a time for this. If there are any churches or children’s ministries that you know of that would like to have us come visit, please let us know, we love sharing with as many people as we can about our ministries in Malawi.
We are not bringing much home so we can take lots back to Malawi. We are collecting crayons, pencils, glue sticks, erasers, pencil sharpeners, preschool aged/easy reader paperback books and small preschool learning toys to bring back to Malawi if you have any you would like to donate.
We are in need of some winter clothes while we are in the U.S. We will be in the Lafayette and Paxton areas much of the time. Miriam- size 7 shirts and jeans (must have adjustable waist). Jamie- winter maternity shirts and jeans (size 10 to 12).
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Support us in Prayer
We cannot do this alone. We have over 100 individuals, families, churches, and organizations that are partnering with us. Thank you so much.
For a healthy rain season for Malawi.
Continue to pray for no Malaria for all of us and protection for our health.
Pray for continued good health over Baby Ulrich.
For protection over our home while we are on furlough to the states.
Pray that we will be able to find a vehicle to use for the time we are home.
Prayer is vital to our ministry and it is amazing to know people are praying for us daily. If you want to participate in this and do not have a prayer card from us on your refrigerator, send us your physical address and we will send one to you.
End of Year Giving
A significant portion of our income is given in December. Whether you give your annual gift now or a gift to supplement your regular giving, your gift is tax deductible in 2016.
Monthly supporters are the backbone of our ministry in Malawi. If you would like to be more involved in our ministry, consider supporting us regularly. Click on the recurring gift button on our giving form to set up your ongoing gift (it can be changed at any time by contacting Global Teams).
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We love cards and pictures. They are something that bring us joy on days that are hard. If you were planning on sending us a Christmas card, please send it to:
Luke and Jamie Ulrich
74 N. 400 E.
Loda IL, 60948.
We cannot wait to see what God will continue to do in Malawi through all of you!!!
Luke, Jamie, Mark, Miriam, and Aaron
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, Phil 1:3-5