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Greetings plus a new book

From: Otho Horst 

Subject: Happy New Year                                                                                                              Date: January 1, 2019 at 11:20:18 PM EST

Dear Friends,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         It has been several years since I wrote my last holiday letter. Dorothy was the writer and I still miss her every day. But I also thank the Lord every day for the 50 years we had together.

I also thank the Lord that at 85 I can still get around and do things. I’m glad I can do some of the housework so my daughter Fern, who lives with me, can do her work. I also enjoy doing the grocery shopping. It gives me a chance to get out of the house and I get exercise walking around the store.

I also still enjoy working outside, especially mowing the yard with my John Deere riding lawn mower. It takes me about two hours to mow the whole yard at one time.  It reminds me of farming, which I enjoyed as a boy when I wanted to be a farmer all my life. But the Lord changed that in 1956 when He sent me into Pax service in Germany and Nepal.

I thought you may be interested in knowing about the book that my daughter Fern Horst and granddaughter Alyssa Reitz wrote about my life — Eight Little Words: How God Led a Mennonite Farm Boy to a Remote Town in Nepal. They used information from my diaries and the letters I wrote to my mother (who kept each one of them). They also asked me many, many questions as they wrote the book.                                                                                          It is available on at or directly from me for $22 (includes shipping).   [See photo in category Publications]

My grandchildren are almost all grown up now. In my son Myron’s family, Joel is living in his own apartment in Frederick, Maryland, and is a delivery truck driver for Rainforest Distribution. Nathan raises Texel sheep. Kara and Melody are both on staff at a retirement home in Frederick. Daniel just completed a road trip from coast to coast and will now be looking for a new job. And Luke is working at Morven Park, a historical site in Leesburg.

In my daughter Carna’s family, Tim works for a local building contractor, married Suzanne Miller last summer, and they are looking forward to the birth of their first child this spring. Ranita works in customer service at a local bank and will be pursuing a Social Work degree at Lancaster Bible College next year. Alyssa is a manager at The Ole Country Store in Culpeper and will be marrying Spencer Raley in April. Ben is working for the Aim Right ministry in Phoenix, Arizona. And Valerie is a freshman in High School.

I’m grateful to know that Jesus is with each one of us all the time, day and night. Fern helped me write my Life Purpose Statement, which is what I determine to do every day:

“My life purpose is to experience joy and contentment trusting in Jesus and yielding full control to the Holy Spirit, so that with integrity I can help others and encourage them spiritually.”

God bless each of you in this New year. Let us continue to pray for each other.

Otho Horst                                                                                                                                                            7725 Botha Rd, Bealeton, VA 22712                                                                                                              email <>                                                                                                                          Tel: 540-439-4842