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Jeremy and Claudia Missionaries to Namibia
November 29, 2016 6:51 pm
Published in: Life Lessons

We hope efb_img_14795404036852378veryone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family. Jeremy and I have many things to be thankful for this year.

One of the things we are thankful for was the opportunity to go to an Oral Bible Storying class in Gloucester, UK. We were taught the OneStory method for crafting stories. The majority of the world’s unreached people groups are made up of oral-preference learners. OneStory works with mother-tongue speakers to develop and record worldview-sensitive, chronological Bible “story sets” for each specific people group in order to reach them. Mother-tongue speakers spread the stories to others. These story sets form the beginnings of an “oral Bible” to be told and retold for generations.

20161114_16311920161115_102206We are so excited to have received this training because the San bushmen are a completely oral society. They love sitting around the fire at night and telling stories. They do not have a Bible in their launguage. Even if they did, most are not able to read or write.  If they had an “oral Bible”, God’s story would be told and retold.

We are still waiting to hear about our work visa approval. Please continue to pray. We will let everyone know when we receive an answer. We hope God allows us to go back to Tsumkwe and develop a story set for the San.

November 3, 2016 8:55 pm
Published in: Namibia

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October 27, 2016 1:30 pm
Published in: Namibia

The second team vehicle is ready. We were advised to rest one more day before traveling to Windhoek. Previously, we  blogged about the Hoba Meteorite, “Next time you see this meteorite Claudia and I will be on top of it :).” Today is the day to fulfill this promise.

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October 25, 2016 9:04 am
Published in: Namibia

Things have been difficult recently. Only a few people have known what has happened but slowly now the word is getting out. About a month ago AIM told our team that they were disbanding the team. Here is the link to the letter sent to us to share. This was difficult news to receive but Jeremy and I agree with the decision. We have shared in the past to pray for team unity. Unfortunately, the whole team failed to come together plus other issues like medical and engaging the curriculum. Jeremy and I confess we could have worked harder and tried harder and we did play a part. We are sadden deeply that the team has ended this way. Yet, this past year has not been for nothing. The lessons learned are not void. God has used this time and will continue to use it.

20161023_09101020161021_18222720161023_142622Yesterday, the team left Tsumkwe together after 4 days of goodbyes and packing our things. It has been a physically and emotionally draining week. I personal slept less, ate less, and cried many times. Here are some of the pictures of our farewells. Our actual family would not allow me to cry because they believe we will be back.

So where are team members going from here?

Some are on a plane this morning heading back to the US. Some are in Windhoek praying about where to go from here. Our team leaders are staying in Tsumkwe for now.

Jeremy and I are in Grootfontein waiting for the second team vehicle to be repaired then we will drive to Windhoek. We have the desire stay in Tsumkwe. Unfortunately, we have received word that our visa renewal has been denied. Once in Windhoek, we will start the appeal process to receive our work visa to stay in country. Our current visa ends on Nov 15th. We will also have an end of term debrief with AIM leadership. Jeremy and I hope to go for some help to deal with the struggles, pain, and hurt we have experienced this past year. Many things must come together for us to return to Tsumkwe. So we ask you to pray.

What to pray for at this time?

~ Our work visas will be approved. ~ The community leadership of Tsumkwe will want us to stay after the hurt the community has experienced. ~ Jeremy and I will experience healing in our hearts and mind and return to Tsumkwe healthy spiritually, mentally, and physically. ~ For the San community, this has been hurtful to them also and they don’t understand. ~ For God to produce Beauty from Ashes.

October 5, 2016 2:21 pm
Published in: Life Lessons

Poverty can be defined as the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; as a deficiency of necessary or desirable ingredients; or insufficiency.
Thankfully the Creator of the Universe is the ALL sufficient God.

John 10:10 says, “A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy; I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.”

Abundance is the opposite of poverty. God intends us to live in abundance yet we allow a “thief” to come and take this abundance away. This “thief” can come in many forms beyond physical needs.

Poverty of the mind: to think one has nothing yet there are God’s blessing surrounding one.20160929_130952
This is what you find in Keiskammahoek, South Africa. They have land, rain, grasses (for God’s blanket in the garden and to feed their animals), manure (to fertilize plants or to make compost), and a mild climate. They are so blessed but they have rejected these gifts. The land is poor and has many weeds. In Tsumkwe, Namibia, there is sand, very little rain, and the climate has the extreme cold and heat. They too have rejected the gifts of the Kalahari grasses and allowed cattle to eat it away. The land is barren where man has come yet in the Kalahari there is so much life.

Poverty of the heart: to reject the gift of forgiveness which brings healing and restoration.
All across Africa and around the world men and women reject the only thing that will bring true hope, healing, and restoration. This is Christ!

20160928_091830Last week Jeremy and I were in Keiskammahoek, South Africa at Farming God’s Way In-Field Mentoring. We attended last year while waiting for our visas. This year God allowed us to attend again. We came weary and was looking for a time of encouragement to continue in the Kalahari. Little did I know God would be gently pushing me out of my comfort zone and had 3 sessions for me to teach. I had to stay up each night to prepare for the next day session. I was weary and nervous for each of the sessions but God is sufficient and supplied the energy and courage to stand and teach.

Yet I did allow the Evil One of this World to steal from me. He caused me to cry before my last session. I doubted for a moment that I could stand and teach. He had come as a thief to steal from me and the people.

2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

My call in life to the unreached and poor was confirmed again this past week. I believe Farming God’s Way is a tool that God has placed in my hands to help reach the lost and poor. In my own power, I am unable to use this tool. I have to humble myself, pray, seek God’s face, and turn from my own way. Only then will God hear my cry, forgive and heal my mind and heart. Then abundant life can be found in Him.
God heard my cry and came quickly. He spoke through me to the people this past week. Praise God!!!