Happy New Year!  The local people celebrate New Year’s twice a year–January 1st and January 14th (known as old New Year’s.)  As a team, we enjoyed the incredible fire work show displayed throughout the city as the clock struck midnight on the first of January.  As each of us reflect on what is ahead,  we often spend time thinking of the previous year and planning for the coming year.  During a devotional time, our team focused on Philippians 3:13b, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.”  What are the things that you need to forget, so that you can move forward?  God showed us things that we needed to leave behind in 2017, so that  together we can move ahead in the blessings that God has in store for 2018.  We pray you can also move forward into 2018– forgetting the things you need to leave behind in 2017.