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Dear family and friends, we wanted to give you a quick update because we haven’t sent out a newsletter since before Adelaide was born. She has grown so fast!

We moved to Saint Louis in January so Benjamin could start fourth year classes. The semester finished up in May and he’ll be taking a summer course this June. He will finish his M.Div. coursework this coming December and will be eligible for a call, but we are planning to defer that call and continue on at the seminary for a year of coursework in the STM program. Our plan is to take a call in December 2022 or April 2023.

Larson and Hollen are quickly adjusting to our new home, which is just a block from campus. They have enjoyed walking with Mom to campus for ice cream, flying kites on the soccer field and splashing in the fountain (though Hollen accidentally fell in once!). After a few months on a balance bike, Larson learned to ride a pedal bike without training wheels. He and Dad have taken a few bike rides through Forest Park. Adelaide brings smiles to all of our faces even on our worst days.

We pray this letter finds you well. We pray that you would find joy and encouragement and comfort in the Spirit of Christ who is living and active. God bless and keep you all.

Vicar Benjamin and Grace Vanderhyde serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as missionaries in Sri Lanka. In his role as vicar, Benjamin trains up musicians to serve the Ceylon Evangelical Lutheran Church while assisting the other LCMS missionaries serving in Sri Lanka with their work and learning from them. You can read more about the Vanderhydes at