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.

Monday, April 30, 2012


Limbo.  Sometimes that's how it feels.  Suppose that's better than falling back.
Brian and Maria went and met with the advisor of education to see what would be needed in order to even go amongst the children in the community to do some playtime, preschool activities.  Apparently the country has been "burned" by people coming in and the country wants to protect their children.  Totally understandable. We just want to be LIGHT and we can do that as we go through the process of "the laws of the land".
Continue to pray for God's timing in all our pursuits.  Keep Arlyn in your prayers as he is several days into aches, fevers and chills.  Antibiotics to help with possible tickbite fever aren't having affect, so Brian is taking him to be tested for malaria.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Delayed Easter Eggs

Went out to the property again today and took the Easter eggs with us just in case some of the kids were
around during the vacation from school. All the school age kids were away but we had a slew of
preschoolers come out to meet us as we pulled along side the road with our box of Easter eggs. So cute and gracious with receiving their treat.
We have a meeting lined up to discuss with the community leaders about being able to have a gathering of the little ones and teaching them some preschool activities.
This will allow us to have more involvement in the community and help us to learn the
language, as well as showing our respect by following their tradition and culture of doing things.
Things move slowly here. You've heard “Africa has it's own rhythm”? It does and it's hard not to just
jump into doing things how we've done them in other places, but what may work somewhere else
doesn't mean it'll work here. We make our feeble attempt to be “all things to all people” in the imprint
of Jesus' footsteps.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Road Trip

After being in Swaziland a month, I needed to leave the country to renew my visa and Easter weekend shuts most things down here in Swaziland. People take time off and go away, mainly to the coast; so with no official business progressing with the property during this time, the Koopmans, Dan and we went across the northern border into South Africa to travel a well known scenic route. It was beautiful!!
A picture tells a thousand word yet still doesn't do it justice.

Found a spot to set up the tent and enjoyed the fellowship around the campfire, thanking God for such a gift of placing man in charge of this earth. We were further blessed by seeing the creativeness of the
animals and diversity of God's creatures on this continent when we made our way back home via
Kruger National Park. It was a great road trip and put things back into perspective of how great and
powerful our God is and what He wants to happen will happen even with our little requests that seem
so important to us.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Step Forward

Thanks be to God Brian received his two year residency visa yesterday. It took some time and going back and forth for meetings, interviews and additional information needed, but he finally got it!

Please continue to pray for the land dispute and as we wait on the Lord to touch the heart of the one causing the problems. The community is behind us and are giving their support of wanting us there.

Brian, Arlyn and Dan are headed out to play a game of soccer with the locals this evening as Maria and I cheer for all willing to play in this heat!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Fun Time

Great opportunity for meeting more people from the community at last weekend's soccer match. We'd
taken Easter eggs thinking younger kids would be there, but it was mainly teens and young men, so
we'll hand them out next time we head out there. We're so looking forward to the land problem being
solved so we can spend more time amongst our neighbors, getting to know them better and showing
them how much Jesus loves them.