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And her name will be….

Anastasia Louise Hazel

We are happy to share with everyone what our daughter’s name will be. Like most of the names in the Bible, her name has an origin and means something.

Anastasia means resurrection.   And    Louise means renowned warrior.

So together her name means Renowned Resurrection Warrior.

How did we come to this name?

Louise is from our American family.

  • Claudia’s grandmother was Claudia Louise.
  • Jeremy’s grandmother was Barbara Louise.
  • Jeremy’s mother is Deborah Louise.

Anastasia comes indirectly from our San family in Namibia.

When we were visiting Namibia in April, we told our San family we were expecting. Tsaba, my mama and namesake, gave us a boy and girl Ju/’hoan name. This is their tradition for the grandparents of a child to give the name and not the parents. Tsaba gave us /asa for a girl. It has a click. It is the easiest of the 4 clicks but the U.S. government would not understand it for a birth certificate or future legal things. We didn’t want to complicate our daughter’s life, so we westernized it to Tasa. We pondered it for a long time and just didn’t feel it was enough. We searched and searched through other names but kept coming back to Tasa. I found that Tasa meant resurrection. Then I looked for other names that meant resurrection. This is when we found Anastasia and Tasa can be a nickname of Anastasia. It took several weeks for us to settle on Anastasia.

I did more research. I read an article about how one man presented the gospel by introducing his family and the meaning behind their names. Anastasia was his mother’s, wife’s and daughter’s name. “Anastas” is a Greek action and promise word found in 138 verses in 6 different forms in the Bible. When used as a verb, it is means to make or cause someone stand up, to raise up or to raise again; resurrection. This started with Abram when God told him to arise and walk about the land of Canaan and when God promised that everyone would be blessed through him. This is the inheritance of heaven for all who confess and believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies.” John 11:25

If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you. 1 Peter 1:3–4

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect 1 Peter 3:15

Jeremy and I have used often 1 Peter 3:15 to describe the work God has for us here in Africa. Hope with gentleness and respect. This hope we pray will come to the San, the Digo and all the unreached people groups of the world. We have just a small part to play. Thank you to all who play their part by praying for us and faithfully giving. Please continue to pray for this pregnancy: that I will remain healthy even though I am unable to get to doctor appointments as normal and that Anastasia will be born healthy. Our little warrior is growing and active these days!

 

 

 

Masai Market

We are still at language school this week. It has been a good, challenging, difficult and at times frustrating experience. The time though has laid a good foundation for us to continue to learn Kiswahili when we return to Kenya next week. We are far from becoming fluent but I learned an African Proverb this week that says “You don’t become an expert in five days.” When explained to me, the proverb means that there are 3 ingredients needed to become an expert at anything which are practice, patience, and persistence. This includes becoming an expert or fluent in another language which definitely takes longer than 5 days or the 8 weeks we have been here at language school.

One of the great things about being here in Africa over the past 2 years is that we have been in 6 different African nations and have been able to meet people from many different people groups. Each group is different in their language, culture, customs, dress, housing, way of living, etc. We have been with groups of people that are agriculturist, hunter and gatherers, and now pastoralist.

This past Saturday there was a Language School field trip to the Masai Market. The Masai keep herds of cows, goats, and sheep. So we went to the meat market. There were 100’s of Masai men buying and selling their animals.

Our guide for the day told us a little about their culture like there are 3 classes of men: elders, warriors, and children and that their favorite color is red. While at the market, animals are bought and sold along with some of them being slandered and cooked. There were 100’s of people sitting around enjoying a good meal and fellowshipping. The Masai Market happens every Saturday. This was a great cultural experience for us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It amazes me how diverse the people are on the African continent. We are all created by God in His image. We serve an Awesome God.

The Latest

We have just finished putting together a newsletter where we reflect on life and the lessons learned while living amongst the Bushman.  We also introduce the DIGO and the challenges and game plan as we move forward.  Enjoy and feel free to share it.  March 2017 Newsletter

Below is a photo from DIGOland a few days ago of our teammates putting up a screen on a soccer goal to show the Jesus film in a village.

Asked how it went our team leader responded.  “The night went well. We had about three dozen people join us. The local pastor gave his testimony at the end and right as we finished cleaning up it started to rain.”    Praise God for the added rain as Eastern Kenya is in a drought may it bring forth growth from the seeds planted both physical and spiritual.

Sharing Opportunities

As time moves closer for us departing back to Africa we have a few upcoming opportunities to share the lessons we have learned amongst the SAN and also introduce the DIGO people.  If your in the TN/NC area the next few weeks and can attend we would love to see you.

Sunday March 26th

10 a.m. Service  Walnut Grove Presbyterian Church (55 Lipps Lane Newland, NC)

6 p.m.  Service  Dixie Lee Baptist Church (Lenior City, TN near Knoxville)

Sunday April 2nd

10 a.m. Service  Northpointe Community Church  (Johnson City, TN)

Evening Service or small group-  Currently open if you would like for us to come.

Sunday April 9th 

Currently open and we will be in the Statesboro, GA area

We are also available to talk to mission or small groups during the week.


Our Schedule looking forward:

Contact us at jchazel@aimint.org if you would like to connect before we leave for 2 years.

In the Tri-Cities, TN area until April 4th.

In the Statesboro, GA area from April 9th to the 12th

In the Atlanta, GA area from April 14th to 17th.

April 17th @ 10p.m. We fly to Africa.

 

Focus

As we have been praying and seeking about our next steps I have been reminded of a blog post I did back in 2015 before we went to Tsumkwe.

We found these stats about Global Mission Work.

-Less than 10% of missionary work is done among unreached people groups.
-Less than 2% of the money given to “foreign missions” goes to the work of reaching unreached people groups.

As we move forward these stats just reinforce the calling God has on our lives to go to unreached people groups and we love how Africa Inland Mission is committed to reaching the unreached.

Our new assignment will be to a new unreached people group and in the coming weeks we hope to be able to share the details with you.

Jeremy