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Jeremy and Claudia Missionaries to Namibia
January 9, 2017 7:23 pm
Published in: Life Lessons

As a child, my mother would read The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis to my sister and I in the afternoon during our summer break. Only three of the books have ever been made into movies. I like to watch The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe during Christmas because Father Christmas comes to bring the children gifts.

Jeremy and I have been snowed in for 3 days now. I know it is not forever winter, never summer but it feels like it could go on. Tomorrow the temperature will start to raise and we have hopes of getting out. I wish the same was true about our visas. It seems forever waiting, never going. This morning my devotional took me to

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

I am reminded that this temporary delay that seems to hold us back is nothing compared to eternal glory. No, I don’t understand yet another delay. It is an unseen why? Thankfully, the eternal Father knows the why. But I have a choice, what am I going to fix my eyes on? Am I willing to keep on, holding on to what is unseen or am I going to quit and go back to the seen?

This time of delay has not been for void. Jeremy and I have been about to go to two trainings: Colour Me Healed and Oral Bible Storying. We have been able to see many of you all who have been supporting us in your prayers and giving. Thank you for continuing to stand with us!!! We have also been to counselling. It has helped us move beyond the hurts of this past year. We have not shared the hurts publicly but anytime you go to stand on the frontline with the Gospel the Enemy will do anything to take you out. The Enemy worked overtime this past year but Jeremy and I are still standing for the Truth. We are not willing to take a bite of the “Turkish Delight” which the White Witch offered Edmund in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any power, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

December 27, 2016 7:36 pm
Published in: Life Lessons

We have been in the United States now 6 weeks. We are thankful for the opportunity to be home for the holidays. There is such a difference here from where we have lived for the past year. We are experiencing what is called reverse culture shock. It was a shock to go live in a different culture and now to come back to our own culture has been a shock. Just walking the cereal aisle at Wal-Mart is overwhelming. America is a land of abundance. We have been living in the dry and barren land of the Kalahari Desert. And for us to come home during the holidays has added another layer to our culture shock.

As I, Claudia, sat through church services and listened to the Christmas story again this year, there were two things that came out more than ever before.

  • Luke 2:7 says, “and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” We live in cluttered houses and full schedules, and yet we try to fit more and more things in. There is no room available for Christ to come stay in our lives. It was the same in Bethlehem. No room for Christ. As I look to this coming year, I personally am looking at how I can make more room for Christ.
  • Matthew 2:13 “When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”” Herod ordered all the baby boys under the age of two in Bethlehem to be killed when he learned that the king of the Jews had been born there. This past year we have experienced spiritual warfare like never before. The thief truly does “comes only to steal and kill and destroy” John 10:10. Herod tried to kill the One who came to give abundant life. What things do I allow into my life that are stealing, killing, and destroying the abundant life Christ intends for me to have?

Just sitting here processing the story of Christ’s birth and how it applies to my life today. I hope you do the same and the Holy Spirit breaths afresh into your life.

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December 24, 2016 6:31 pm
Published in: Uncategorized

Merry Christmas from in the United States. We are here in Statesboro, Georiga celebrating Christmas with Jeremy’s family. Below are a few pictures from last year when we celebrated Christmas in Tsumkwe, Namibia. The tempature was 100+ and we had fresh steak, danced, and played games there. Tonight we will attend a Christmas Eve service and tomorrow church here. Such a vast contrast between the two. We still haven’t heard any news about our visa appeal and have delayed our return flight to Africa a month to allow the government to return from holiday vacation.

Merry Christmas and may your time this year wherever you are on this planet be blessed.

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Christmas at Eagle Post last year in the Kalahari Desert

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Our humble Charlie Brown Christmas tree last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A freshly killed cow, cutting fresh stake for the grill.

A freshly killed cow, cutting fresh steak for the grill.

Uncle and Tsaba receiving our Christmas gifts to them.

Uncle and Tsabba recieving our Christmas gifts to them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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