We have been in Mosselbay South Africa now for almost a month. We have settled in to a 3 bedroom house with a loft that we share with the Mason family. It has been a little bit of an adjustment for our family sharing close quarters with another family. It has had its challenges as well as its benefits but we are grateful that it has been and continues to be a great learning experience. The Lord has been stretching all of us out of our comfort zone and drawing us out into deeper waters for the glory of God. The internet in South Africa can be pretty expensive to bring to your house, so we have been relying on mobile data to communicate. Currently our budget doesn’t allow for all of the Gager family to have data on their phones so Eric and Abby have been having withdrawals from Facebook and texting. A couple times a week we try to visit a place that has free WiFi. These excursions either lead us to the Davis’s house or a local coffee shop. The Davis Family is another missionary family from Virginia that has been in Mosselbay for 8 years. We stayed with them when we first landed in Mosselbay until the Mason Family arrived a few days behind us. Needless to say, Eric and Abby look forward to these excursions.
Bree seems to be adjusting well. She has had plenty of time to crochet, play games and draw. She has also been reading a couple of books that were recommended to her a while back. Bree also enjoys the excursions to the Davis’s residence. She and Abby Davis both crochet so they have been spending time talking while crocheting blankets. Bree is excited to get involved in working with young women in the Townships.
I (Matt) have been pressing in to the Lord the last couple weeks. When we arrived here the Lord told me that this next short season would be a season to sow in prayer. The Lord said the next season would be busy with more work than I could handle so be diligent in prayer and enjoy the slow season. My prayer times have been rich. The Lord has been reaffirming that I hear Him correctly. On one occasion, I had misplaced my wallet. (A big deal when in a foreign country). We turned the house over 3 or 4 times looking everywhere we could think of. I prayed and the Lord said that the wallet was here and to look “under”. I was thinking “under…..under what….a little more info Lord would be good.” However, that was all He would say. So I looked under everything in the house that would be looked under at least 3 more times. Bree said that I should probably call the bank to put a block on my cards. While I was on the phone Bree said “I found it!” When I asked her where it was she said it was under the cushion on the couch. I had looked under that cushion 2 times but didn’t see it because it had fallen down in between the cushion and the frame of the couch. The Lord was right. It was here at the house and it was “under” the cushion. God is good!
We have also been busy looking for Land to start our farm/transitional program. We have identified a piece of land that we feel the Lord has set aside for us. Please be in prayer as we begin negotiations with the land owner.
Josh and I have joined with Josh Davis and Dongsu, a Christian missionary from Korea, evangelizing in the Townships (aka Slums) every Tuesday and Friday. It has been a rewarding time building relationships with people in the community. Please continue to pray as we begin to find practical ways to help the people in the townships.
Another bit of good news is that the missions organization we started is on track to obtain 501c3 non-profit status within the next couple of months. What this means is that all donations you make this year will be tax deductible.
As always we ask that you continue to pray for our family. We appreciate all of you who partner with us in prayer as well as financially. If you feel the Lord is calling you to partner with us financially you can find all the donation information on our website Four18.org.