Packing

When we originally went to Africa July 2015, we took 6 trunks weighing 50lbs each. We had no idea of what would be available to purchase. We packed everything we thought we would need to survive. Now with 3 years of experience in Africa, we know we can purchase most things. We could take 9 trunks because there are 3 of us. So we are literally weighing what to take on the airplane and what to purchase in Namibia.

We are also repacking our American household things. These things stay here in the States for home assignments and eventually for when we are done serving in Africa. There are things we saved for some reason but now somethings don’t seem important. We have taken several loads to donate. Soon all of these things will return to storage.

What did Jesus tell his disciples to take on their journey?

He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”
Luke 9:3‭-‬5 NIV

Wow, I don’t think I have the faith to get on a plane with nothing. Our world has changed a lot since Jesus spoke these words to his disciples. The first missionaries of the modern mission movement packed things in a coffin. They were going not expecting to return. Going literally cost them their lives. Wow, I don’t know if I would go thinking it would definitely kill me. We pray for safety. We have redone our wills to include Anastasia.

Please continue to pray.
Pray for our work visas to return to the San people. Pray for fellow future teammates who will join us on the field. Pray for our unit leader to find housing for us this coming week. Pray for a future vehicle so we can travel to remote villages in the Kalahari. Pray for our future language helpers.

Desert Tracks

For this Fun Fact Friday I wanted to point your attention to an excellent photo essay and article produced by AIM and written by our Unit Leaders who live in the capital of Windhoek.  This article gives you a great perspective of the challenges and vision for Namibia going forward. It also features our friends in Tsumkwe.   Go to page 15 after clicking here and you will find the article.

Show Your Love

We have been thinking and praying about how to stay more positive this year. We walked through a dark valley last year and do not want to find ourselves there again. A lot of times you feel alone when you walk through those dark valleys. We were not created to be alone. We were created to be in fellowship with God and with each other. It has been wonderful to be on home assignment and receive everyone’s love. Yet, we are ready to return to Namibia. We know God will never leave us or forsake us. BUT sometimes, okay often, maybe daily, we need reminders. We need those hugs and words of encouragement.

So here is how you can SHOW YOUR LOVE.

Print this sheet onto a color or patterned piece of paper or cardstock. Cut out as many hearts as you need. Each person can Sign their name on the front and add a word of encouragement, prayer, or verse on the back. Then mail your HEARTS to us by Valentine’s Day at 109 Pineview Rd Statesboro, GA 30461.

We are going to laminate them to display in our home in Namibia. When we feel alone or just need a hug, we can read each person’s name and their message to encourage us. SHOW YOUR LOVE for us in this simple way.

A New Year/A Fresh Start

The calendar has turned over. HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!!!

It is a new beginning, a fresh start. Time to reprogram our brains to write 2019.

Our visa paperwork has been turned in. Now we pray and wait patiently for approval. God has led us down this road and we rest in Him.

It is time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. It is a time to look at past goals. Those achieved and those not achieved. Now is the time to set new ones whether spiritual, physical, financial, or even mental. Sometimes it helps to write them or tell them to someone for accountability. Whatever goals and change you desire this new year, let’s keep our eyes on Jesus. He is the Sustainer and Provider.

Some of our personal goals:

JEREMY

  • redeem the 7am hour before my day begins
  • listen to the Bible in chronological order
  • be able to run comfortably a 10K by the end of the year

CLAUDIA

  • listen to the Bible in chronological order
  • start savings monthly again
  • work on my anxiety and finding the calm in the storms of life

ANASTASIA

  • Enjoy being a kid
  • Learn something new each day

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Fun Fact Friday: Kwanzaa

Have ever wandered where Kwanzaa came from? It is not an African holiday but aspects are taken from several African Cultures.

Kwanzaa is celebrated by African-Americans from December 26th thru January 1st. Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, created Kwanzaa in 1966. After the Watts riots in Los Angeles, Dr. Karenga searched for ways to bring African-Americans together as a community.

The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili. Each family celebrates Kwanzaa in its own way, but celebrations often include songs and dances, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal. On each of the seven nights, the family gathers and a child lights one of the candles on the Kinara (candleholder), then one of the seven principles is discussed.

#1 Unity: Umoja (oo–MO–jah)

#2 Self-determination: Kujichagulia (koo–gee–cha–goo–LEE–yah)

#3 Collective Work and Responsibility: Ujima (oo–GEE–mah)

#4 Cooperative Economics: Ujamaa (oo–JAH–mah)

#5 Purpose: Nia (nee–YAH)

#6 Creativity: Kuumba (koo–OOM–bah)

#7 Faith: Imani (ee–MAH–nee)

Information from: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/kwanzaa-history