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December 2016
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An Artful Christmas

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A Message from the Newmans


Dear FPDS families and friends,

The Newman FamilyWe are the Newmans. For those who don't know us, our two oldest children, Baty and Will, attended FPDS for the past several years. We were also involved in coordinating the 2013-2015 school-wide mission project supporting orphans in Sweet Waters, South Africa. Our experience at First Pres. has been wonderful, and we truly miss being a part of such a great group of people. 

We would still be there in your midst, but The Lord called us to the mission field in May of 2015. It took us a little over a year to unplug Newman Boysfrom the life we had built there in America and transition to the mission field in East Africa. In late August of 2016, all six of us, Troy, Farrah, Baty (10), Will (8), Nicholas (4), and Lynlee (1), touched down in Nairobi, Kenya. We've told others how surreal it was to look around and see our entire family, including our baby girl, piled into a van bouncing along across the floor of The Great Rift Valley in Kenya, heading to our new home at Tenwek Mission Hospital. As ophthalmologists, we both practiced with Jackson Eye Associates before leaving for the mission field. It is now a privilege to offer sight restoring and preserving surgical and medical care to the needy and vulnerable people of this region. As the motto at Tenwek Hospital is "We Treat, Jesus Heals," we are free to share the love of Jesus and the hope of The Gospel with all of the patients and families we encounter.  With the needs so great and resources limited, we find ourselves relying on prayer for our patients more than ever before.  

Newman FamilyWe are so encouraged to hear and know that we are being remembered and prayed for by all of you. We cannot adequately express how grateful we are for your prayers and generosity.  We are able to be here and respond to this call only by the support of many like you. Your offering helps cover housing, utilities, food expenses, etc. that we incur as we live and serve here. Other specific areas of great need that your gifts help with are purchasing basic ophthalmic equipment (surgical blades, instruments, sutures, laser probes) that are in such limited supply. 

Also, unique to this month is our desire to love our four local orphanages during this Christmas holiday and provide a Christmas meal to the orphans. Through the Tenwek missionary families, we pray to continue this annual blessing this year in providing a goat, rice, and sugar for their meal. 

Newman and patientWe ask for your continued prayers for our family. For health and wellness for our children and us. For us to not be fearful or grow weary but to be strong and courageous in the Lord. For the people of our new homeland, which includes many tribes: Kipsigis, Maasai, Kamba to name a few.....to know the hope of Jesus which covers the pains and heartaches of this world. That light will shine bright in the darkness of pain, poverty, and loss that is so prevalent among us. Pray with us for miraculous healing of vision to those we touch that it may bring spiritual sight to the blind as we give God glory for His great love and miracles.   
 
Thank you all.  Merry Christmas.
Troy and Farrah Newman

Sixth Graders Selected for All-State Choir 

All-State Choir members
Congratulations to our sixth graders who were selected as members of the Mississippi Elementary All-State Choir: Mary Claire Butts, Paul Gregg,  Allison Currie, Rachel Rutledge, Kimmons Sheppard, Bella Sushenia, and Luke Habeeb.

A Word From An Alum

"As my third child transitions to junior high, we have a new set of challenges - driver's licenses, college entrance exams, and physics classes. No matter the challenge, my wife Martha and I are confident that our children will persevere. While our kids will undoubtedly make mistakes along the way, they have a foundation built in Christ, and many bricks in their foundations were placed by teachers at FPDS. Like me, our children will carry their early education at FPDS with them for the rest of their lives. Martha and I are blessed to have been able to provide them with that."

-Davis Frye, FPDS alum and former parent

Operation Christmas Child
 

First Presbyterian Day School fifth and sixth graders packed 138 boxes for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child at packing parties before the Thanksgiving holiday.
Operation Christmas Child - 6th Grade Boys
Operation Christmas Child
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