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As the clock continues to run, we are reminded that Paul said, And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed (Romans 13:11). Each year we are made more aware of the times in which we live. As we begin another year, we see greater needs around us. Evil is more pronounced than when we were children. Society today is colder and more apathetic than ever before. Yet, we can rejoice in the fact that God is still in the soul-saving business. He is doing some marvelous things. In September I had the joy of going to Jamaica. What a blessing to see Richey and Fran Young back in Jamaica, serving the Lord. Richey said, “Brother Sprunger, I told you I would be much better when I get back home to Jamaica.” Swante Lindquist Swante and Linda Lindquist are doing a great job in the Portmore area. In October Don and Bridgitt Dryden came to the Home Office and shared their ministry with the Personnel Committee. We rejoiced with them that over 140 Haitian men are studying and preparing to serve the Lord in their Bible school. This past year they were able to start a couple of new works with their graduates. Glen Foster (left) was approved under ARM (Assistance and Relief Missionaries) to assist missionaries with their furlough needs. After Glen lost his dear wife, Helaine, he felt lead to make himself available to fill in for missionaries. Glen is bilingual and desires to be a blessing in the Caribbean. At the present time he is serving in Puerto Rico at Maranatha Baptist Church. Pray for Glen as he makes this transition in ministry. In November Timothy Fluegge met me at the Home Office for his Missionary Departure Interview. We praise the Lord that Tim and Sharon were able to get their support raised in just two years. They left in late December for language school. Soon they will be in the Dominican Republic, serving the Lord. Pray for them as they prepare for that move. Many have been asking about Miss Joan Whiteheart. After her CAT scan, Joan's oncologist decided to again change her chemotherapy. Joan is living close to her brother and his family in Hayes, Virginia. Pray for her as she continues with her chemotherapy treatments. Her desire is to be able to return to Puerto Rico and continue serving the Lord there. Meanwhile, Joan is helping with the children's ministry and she also is playing the organ in her brother's church. cover photo: Missionary Coco Chan teaches Bible in public school. 2 Islander – No 1, 2013