It was dark once we reached the rental where fellow romm-mates, Arlyn and Maria Koopmans, and their friend Dan, from Canada greeted us. I seetld in and sent right to sleep. Waking the next day, I looked out over an expansive valley of sugar cane that sloped up to a circle of mountains...gorgeous! We drove over to the property where the construction of our home is and discovered a beautiful view from there as well. This is a lovely country. During the time Brian came to get me trouble arose concerning this property. Some disgruntled relation of the person we bought it from is wanting to lay claim to it, so things have stopped for the moment until it can be resolved. Satan is doing his best to get us to throw our hands us. We ash for your continued prayers as we face more frustrations.
Psalms 37:7-9 7
Be still before the LORD
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.
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.
Friday, March 23, 2012
I arrived at the Jo'burg airport being told by customs that my intended stay was too lng. After I assured them that I was traveling through SA to Swaziland and then returning to SA for my departure, they stamped my passport. I proceeded to get my bag and look for Brian out in the main terminal. I noticed his long hair and goatee right away as well a couple other familiar faces. Donnie and Naida Harrington from VA, who had just arrived in a plane prior to mine and Brian had spotted them in the crowd. As big as this earth is, "it's a small world"! We were able to spend the weekend with Brian's mom and dad and had a "braai" (cookout) with a couple of his sisters and their family. Traveling through South Africa was beautiful, but as we approached the mountainous region of Swaziland it was even more so. Thank you Lord, for safe travels!