December 2016 Newsletter
“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrow s in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.” -Psalm 127:4-5
Say hello to the newest member of the family! Haven Zion Wynveen, born at 2:53am on November 29th. The delivery was quite an adventure. Loretta had about 12 hours of early labor. Then around 2pm we drove to the hospital and her water broke. Finally, after another 8 hours of active labor and 1 and 1/2 hours of pushing, Haven came into the world! We brought her home on December 1st and a whole new adventure began.
So far, Haven is feeding well, sleeping well, and seems to be a pretty content baby. There’s definitely a bit of fuss here and there but it’s usually only because she’s hungry. She is incredibly cute and alert for a newborn. Also, we are pleased to see that our dog Pepper is getting along with her. The first thing our dog did when meeting Haven was rest her chin on her lap, which was really fun. Haven is now around 7 pounds, 4oz and is gaining weight every day.
Being a dad is awesome, especially around this time of year. As I look at our new little baby, I’m reminded of Jesus who became a little baby just like her. It’s amazing to think how vulnerable Jesus became for the sake of love. He too couldn’t survive without his mother’s milk. He who set the stars in the heavens couldn’t move unless others carried him. The One who was worshipped in heaven and surrounded by flaming fire shivered in a cold stable. The all-powerful God who upholds all things was placed in a feed trough. The scene gets crazier and crazier the more we think about it and that’s the point. The birth of Christ is meant to fascinate us and fill our hearts with wonder. If it’s not, we may not be looking hard enough. The lengths God went to to redeem humanity is amazing!
One exciting ministry opportunity Loretta and I had before she gave birth was serving at an orphanage that is near to the prayer room. Close to 100 hundred kids stay at the facility because their families either cannot provide for them or choose not to. About 20 staff members from the IHOPKC mission’s base facilitated a campfire and smores night for the kids. We were able to talk to them about Jesus and show them that there are people who care about them. It was an awesome experience and we’d like to do something similar again soon.
At school, Christmas break has began. It was a great semester and I’m looking forward to the next semester, but for now, It’s good to take a break and focus on supporting the family. On the IHOPKC missions base, everyone is getting ready for our yearly Onething conference. Once again, over 20,000 people will join together to worship Jesus and receive vision for the upcoming year. We encourage you to join via web stream if you’re able to. The conference is from December 28-31st and will be broadcast for free. The main sessions are at 9am, 2pm, and 7pm. Simply go to ihopkc.org and look for the Onething live stream. Many of the intercession sets in the prayer room have been focusing on the conference. Every year we see healings, salvations, and experience the presence of God in a new way. We’re super excited to see what happens this year. Merry Christmas!