Anyone that knows me knows my passion for Africa, especially those lost and now I give thanks to God that we will be returning to Swaziland to start a new Manna project. The main thrust of the work is to reach the lost, equip them so they can tell their neighbor and countrymen the Good News of salvation through the blood of our loving Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. To stay with them long enough to bring them to maturity without enabling them and then to go find new "men and women of peace" and start sowing seed all over again. The goal is to disciple people to GO and disciple people to Go and disciple people and so on. Churches planting churches, not limiting God by our lack of faith and limited vision but to dream "God Possible".

We go in to start the work September 13th, 2011. Please keep us in your prayers.
-Pray for "the men of peace" (Luke 10) that God is preparing before we even get there.
-Pray that we have courage no matter what the circumstances and that God give us wisdom and all we need to be faithful men and women in the harvest fields.
-Pray that we will not grow weary and that when our Lord returns He will be able to say "Well done, good and faithful servants".
-Pray for the people of Swaziland that many will come to be set free from sin.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Two in a Million

What a blessing it was to have Sean and Nicole working with me.  It would be hard to find two people who would work as hard as they did and they did work hard!  Just so grateful for their friendship and their willingness to give of themselves to serve in Swaziland.  It was fun sharing camp and I was blessed by the fellowship.  I definitely missed the two of them and pray that they will return soon.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Walls Going Up

Progress continues on the property nearer town.  The foundation on the first building is completed and the cement floor has been poured.  Once the floor is "set" they'll begin laying the block walls.  Hopefully the majority of it will be done and at a good place to pause when Brian heads back to FL for Christmas.

Thank you for your contributions to this work.  Thank you for the volunteering of labor and time.  Thank you for your prayers.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thank You

Thanks go out to Drew, Tate, and Wesley for your time, labor and cost to come and help us in Swaziland.

Even though things had ground down to a halt on the larger property there was a lot of fencing to be done on the smaller property closer to town and preparing the ground for the buildings. What a blessing to have an extra 3 pairs of hands.

Looking forward to hearing how their trip went and hopefully have some more photos to post.

Monday, November 7, 2011


Just prior to Drew, Tate, and Wesley's arrival there was some discussion between two chiefs about the property line.  A meeting was held and the final say has been given over to the king of Swaziland, who is too tied up in current matters and won't be able to attend to the matter until January.  So, Brian has come across a small 2 acre lot closer to town, already cleared, access to electricity, and water.  Perfect for the living quarters and gathering place.  The other property will be used for the agricultural projects and fish farming.

"Changes" can often throw a wrench in our plans, but God is aware and knows the bigger plan.  We place our trust in Him and hope our words and actions show that faith.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

More Help on the Way

All is going well with the settling in of Sean and Nicole.  They are giving a big hand in helping Brian prepare for the arrival of Drew, Tate, and Wesley on the 5th of November, who are coming in for a couple of weeks prepared to give blood, sweat, and tears (hoping that just the sweat is all that will be necesary).

Looking forward to hearing of their "Out of Africa" experience: Camping in the "bush" of Africa, sharing stories as they're cooking over a fire, relaxing under the wide starry sky after a long, hot day of clearing land, listening to the night life as they drift to sleep....

Friday, October 14, 2011

Boehrigs Visit

Please be praying for Sean and Nicole Boehrig as they are traveling to Swaziland this weekend.  They are scheduled to arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa on Sunday evening where Brian will pick them up and then make their way to Swaziland the following day.

Keep them in your prayers that they can see what it is that God would have them do in Swaziland. What His timing is for them. That they stay in good spirit, health, and energized during their 3 month visit.

Their visit will be a huge blessing to Brian in these beginning stages of the work.

Thursday, October 13, 2011


Another call from Brian has the latest update of the progress being done:
  • a septic tank is being dug. 
  • rocks gathered for the foundation of the first building to include shower and toilet.
  • a drill rig lined up to come out next Tuesday to begin drilling for water.
  • caravan set up for temporary residence for the Boehrigs visit.
  • discovering means of getting electricity to the property.
  • continuing to clear the property for fencing.
Clearing is by hand and is slow and labor intensive, but Brian says all is going well and he's enjoying the work and having the opportunity to get to know some of the locals.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


Heard from Brian and progress has been made on the "road" leading into the property and is now preparing to clear an area for where a small home can be built and a well can be drilled.

All your prayers and support are a huge blessing to the work and we thank you for your participation.

Your donations will help towards:

-          Acquiring land (roughly 10 acres).
-          Drilling a water well.
-          Building a fence, 4 small homes, 1 communal kitchen, and a communal gathering spot that matches the existing community.
-          Starting an aquaculture (farming of fish) and agriculture (farming of plants) project.
-          Buying a truck for transportation

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Heard from Brian once he arrived in Swaziland and a lot of time has been spent visiting with chiefs of the area.  In order to obtain land this is a neccesary part of the culture there.  Some of the chiefs were wanting a school, a hospital, or some form of "help" in exchange for permitting a foreigner to move into their area and use their land.  Finally one of the chiefs gave up a section of his area and it sounds like it's a little out of town and thick bush that will take time to clear.  Brian is hoping to get a couple of Swazis to help him start clearing a road on to the property this week.

Brian also was able to get a pickup truck that will serve the needs of getting around and doing the manual labor that will need to be done for clearing and construction.  When I spoke to him it had been several days since he bought it and getting all the paper work to get it on the road.  Sounds like things move slow there!

Prayer list:
Arrive safely.  Check
Find a place to stay. Check
Obtain land.  Check
Obtain a truck.  Check

Thank you, Father!!!
Thank you for all your prayers.  Please continue praying that God give all His people wisdom, strength, courage, and a heart for the lost.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Headed Back to Swaziland

Please be praying for Brian as he prepares to head back into Swaziland this coming Tuesday.

Our hopes are that he can:
  • get the registration of MannaSwaziland completed
  • find a place to stay while following leads on accuring property for the work
  • buy a vehicle
  • once property is purchased begin work on: putting in a well, septic and some of the buildings
Lots to be done but Sean and Nicole will be going in for their survey trip and will be able to help. Also, Brian'll be there until Dec 13th, so praying that the majority of that can be achieved!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

MGM in Kenya

Two of our three directors, Brad Gautney and Brian, and friend, Rustin Hamilton, recently were in Kenya to assess how they could help with those suffering from the drought.  An area fallen through the cracks of the government and NGO relief were the people of Turkana.  These three chose to go there and with the help, support, and prayers of so many were able to distribute 40,000lbs of food immediately.  Through Global Health Innovations and some other NGOs, we will be able to continue getting supplies to the people who need them.

Brian speaks of the joy that spread across the faces of those waiting and hoping for someone to reach out to them.  This video by Rustin says it all 

God be praised!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Arlyn and Maria Koopmans

Arlyn and Maria have a heart for missions.  They met in Haiti while doing mission trips and both stayed longer than they planned. Several years later and an engagement ring on Maria's finger found them back in Arlyn's home country of Canada joined by Maria's family from Ireland for their wedding ceremony this past July.

Arlyn has a gift of building anything and fixing anything.  Maria has a touch for caring for little ones.

We are thrilled to have them on the team.  Their goal is to arrive this fall or early January.  Please be praying for them as they find the support they need to join the work that God has put before us.

Sean and Nichole Boehrig

Please be praying for Sean and Nichole Boehrig as they step out in faith to see what and how the Lord is leading them in their service for Him.  They'll be joining us in the fall to take a look at the work and to travel to a few other countries in Southern Africa looking at the possibilities of how they fit into the team.

Sean and Nichole are both very passionate about their lives being used in a very meaningful way and are both very talented.  I believe they will be a blessing to what God is doing in Africa.