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I imagine summer break has started at last. Pools have opened and vacations have started. Perhaps you've had a backyard barbecue already.
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10 Things to be Grateful for this Month

June 2017 Newsletter


Dear Friend,
For most of you in the US, I imagine summer break has started at last. Pools have opened and vacations have started. Perhaps you've had a backyard barbecue already. Summer is usually more relaxed than the other seasons of the year. So, to keep things simple for you, here are 10 things we're grateful for over the last month.

1. A growing baby

I (Chrysti) find it hard to believe that we're only 8-ish weeks out from holding our new baby in our arms! We're grateful this baby doesn't have the health issues that Titus had. The only minor concern is a cyst the baby has near his/her bladder, which will likely need removing after birth. We're praying the cyst will disappear yet before birth.

2. Joshua Journey

OM invited me (Leon) to participate in a 10-month leadership training program that ends in February, 2018. It is a great opportunity for me to learn about leadership and network with other young OM leaders going through the same program.

3. Trips to the Lake District

We finally have some nice weather here. We took advantage of that and made several trips to the Lake District to go walking. Leon and Asher enjoyed a couple of longer walks together. At the beginning of May, we went on an organised walk with the OM team in memory of our friend Jim, who passed away 2 years ago.

4. New Asia Server

The new server in Asia is receiving rave reviews. When we access the new server in Asia from Europe, we can so appreciate the pain the Asia users were going through when the access their data in Europe before. The delay (latency) because the speed of light on a fibre connection is not fast enough is substantial.

5. Bank Holiday weekends

We had two bank holidays (public holidays) in May, and we took full advantage of them. The long weekends lent themselves to trips to where else? The Lake District!

6. Implement DMARC Quarantine Policy

A long journey for over a year to implement DMARC for spam prevention is completing. We are now marking 1% of all emails that fail SPF and DKIM alignment as spam. We will slowly ramp that up to 100% in the coming weeks.

7. Medical staff to look after my mental health

This stage of my pregnancy is becoming difficult to cope emotionally and mentally. I find the closer I get to my due date, the more difficult it is due to memories of Titus (it's not a bad thing--it's just the way it is). The maternal mental health team, as well as my midwife, have been supportive during this season. I'm grateful for the support.

8. Death of an OM'er

A long term OM'er on our team died last month. The journey we have been on with Titus gave me the confidence and empathy to assist the team as they grieve our loss.

9. Carlisle Colour Run

I'm not running 5K at 32 weeks pregnant, but two friends of ours participated in the Carlisle Colour Run in aid of the children's hospice where Titus stayed. It meant a lot to our family that our friends ran in memory of Titus!

10. OM.org Platform

I (Leon) had some great times discussing with my brother Lucas what hosting company we should use for the OM.org platform. The OM.org site runs under Drupal and my brother runs a top Drupal development company in Nicaragua.
Prayer Points
  • Continued good pregnancy for Chrysti. Please pray this cyst will be something is taken care of quickly.
  • The planning of a 4th of July party where we invite our neighbours and friends. Last year our plans were dashed when Chrysti miscarried.
  • We are falling apart. I (Leon) injured my rotator cuff and the recovery is too slow for my liking. Chrysti is experiencing sciatica with the pregnancy. Pray for a reduction in discomfort.
God Bless,
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