Dear friends and family,
We are happy to announce the birth of our baby girl! Her name is Eliora Rose, she was born on October 22, and she weighed 7lbs7oz. We have attached a couple of pictures. We experienced many challenges during this pregnancy, including Melody's malaria, but we are so thankful to the Lord that our baby was born healthy and well.
Eliora means "the Lord is my light". "El" is Hebrew for God. For the "ora" part, you can think of the word aura or aurora. We want Eliora to have a godly "aura" or atmosphere around her. The meaning of Rose is obvious. It is a flower to compare with Lily in Liliana. Roses give fragrance. They depend on light for growth. Roses are beautiful. Roses symbolize love. We had roses at our wedding. Roses give fragrance, and we are to be the fragrance of Christ in this world. The name expresses some of our desire for the future of our daughter. We want Eliora to grow depending on the Lord as her light. May God give us strength and wisdom to raise up Eliora to be faithful to Him!
We plan to do a bit of traveling, so we hope to see many of you
somewhere along the way! Here is our tentative schedule of speaking
appointments, where we will share updated reports and pictures of our
projects in Chad.
November 9, 11am at the SDA church in Dodge Center, MN
November 16 somewhere in Michigan
November 23 somewhere in Virginia
November 30, 11am at the SDA church in Rocky Mount, VA
December 7, 11am at the Brayton SDA church in Graysville/Dayton, TN
January 4, 5pm vespers program at the SDA church at 710 Asheville
Highway, Greeneville TN 37743
In His service,
Jonathan, Melody, Gideon and Liliana Dietrich