Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The 411 on 12 and 1 aka a blog update for December and January :)

NYC Serve Day, Vacation, Christmas, Missionary Retreat, and Beyond

NYC Serve Day was an amazing day where around 400 youth, young adults and youth leaders from all over Africa went out to 9 sites around Johannesburg.  The various teams did children’s outreach, construction, clean up, evangelism, soccer outreach and lots of fellowship and encouragement of local churches.  It was an amazing day and God worked in and through everyone who participated.  Thanks for your prayers!  Please continue to pray that the youth will continue to remember they are Chosen 2 Change and that they can change their cities and villages.  If you are interested here is a link to a highlight video of the event.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ot3WMkQ-SlA&feature=youtu.be

The day after the NYC event was over we went with some good friends, and missionaries on another field, on a vacation for a few days.  It was a great time of rest relaxing and fellowship.  The view from our balcony was amazing.  And the time away after a very busy few months was much needed.

Christmas was a lot of fun.  Peter is old enough now to open presents and get excited.  So it was fun to enjoy Christmas with him.  During the week of Christmas we also spent lots of time with our Fr-amily hiking, bowling, braaing, playing games, playing soccer, laughing and just spending time together. 

The first part of January found us at the Missionary Retreat for all the Nazarene Missionaries for the Africa Region.  It was a great time of connecting with old friends and making new ones.  Peter enjoyed playing with all of his Missionary cousins! 

The rest of January was spent preparing for upcoming assemblies, upcoming W&W trips, upcoming trainings, and events and catching up on things after a busy few months. As well as doing all the paperwork and appointments that go along with the VISA Application Process.

In February we will return to the US to apply for our new VISA’s as well as being commissioned by the General Board of the Church of the Nazarene.   For a missionary being commissioned is like being ordained for a pastor.  We are honored to be a part.  Pray for us as we travel.  Peter is a very busy and active 19 month old so holding him in our laps for the long journey will be…fun.  Please pray for an empty seat beside and a sleepy or relaxed boy for the journey.  Pray also that our VISA applications go through without any trouble. 

Life is busy but good.  We are thankful and blessed to be a small part of what God is doing on the Africa South Field. 

Until Next Time Remember:  If your toddler is quiet be afraid be very afraid, it almost never means that they quietly reading a book or put themselves down for a nap!  J

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