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, May 25, 2012

Help Us to Help Them

This past Wednesday we arrived at the “feeding center” at 9am where several ladies were already
cooking the children's lunch on an open fire under a tree. The children range from toddlers to 5 and 6
years old with a few older ones who can't afford to go to school. They are fed a breakfast of porridge
and a lunch of beans and “pop” (something similar to grits) six times a week as long as the staples
supplied by World Vision last through the month.

They let us know a list of their needs in better being able to tend to the feeding of these little ones:

First and most importantly are pots. They are borrowing neighbors' pots and if a funeral or need of the community requires the use of the pots else where they aren't able to feed the children.

2. Sometimes the donated food doesn't last for the month and may be delayed in coming for a month and the children “go to sleep with water only”.

3. A shelter out of the rain to cook and feed the children would allow them to not have cancelations due to weather.

4. And to have someone help prepare the pre-school children with some basic education and English (which is taught in the schools) so they'll have a better understanding when or if able to attend school.

To see these people doing all within their abilities to care for these children is such an encouragement
to us and our desire is to bless them in however we can, but we need financial help. Please pray and
contribute whatever you are able to help these children have a chance of what so many take for granted.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Building Continues

The boys are back working on the house again! Plastering the walls is about all done. Got the
plumbing in for a shower and sink. The roof should be finished this weekend. And hopefully next
week the plumbing for a toilet and a kitchen sink will be completed and the floor can be put in.

We truly feel welcomed by the people in the district we will be settling. One neighbor says she wants
to give us a laying hen as a welcome gift once we move in!

Spending long hours back in our neighborhood we discovered some of the local ladies have a feeding
center for almost 50 “orphaned” children, (some have lost either a mother or father or both, most from AIDS, and are staying with grandparents who don't even have enough to live on themselves), and this has given us the opportunity to see how we can be of service to the needs of our neighbors. We have a meeting set up next week to talk with the “grannies” in charge.