We are now in our third month here in Mosselbay, South Africa. A routine has been established and the household seems to be running well. Homeschool is now in full swing and young minds are being challenged and expanded. The first part of the day is devoted to breakfast, morning Worship and schooling. After lunch the children play and the adults tend to the business of the day. After dinner we clean up and then have devotions before the younger children go to bed. Lately, the aforementioned business of the day has been trying to fi
nd a place to move our families. Our lease is up at the end of August and we feel like the Lord has told us not to renew it. Please pray that the Lord will direct our steps in this manner. We ask that you would also please be praying as we are also in need of a vehicle as the one we currently use has been borrowed and the owner wants it back now. I would like to ask you to keep our vision of the land in your prayers. We have had our eye on a 19-hectare (47 acre) farm about 20 minutes out of town. There have been some negotiations but have not come to a firm agreement. The piece of property will roughly cost $350,000 Dollars (US). On this piece of property we hope to live, grow food to help the poor, as well as create a base of operations for various future ministries. Over the past month we have identified a township called Sonskyn Valley (Sunshine Valley), that we feel God has called us to work in. A couple of times during the week we go and visit with some of the people and on Saturday we take some food for the children, sing songs and do some kind of activity. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. Last week some of the older women joined in the singing and dancing. The language barrier has been difficult at times however we are slowly learning the language. Most of the locals in the townships understand English but do not speak it well. Last week I was standing by a large hole next to the road and a man approached me and began speaking in Afrikaans and pointing at the hole. I could make out that he thought I was from the local government and he wanted to know when we were planning to fix the hole. I don’t speak the language well and couldn’t communicate to the man that I didn’t work for the government; I was just there to love on the people. Luckily a younger man who spoke English walked up while we were attempting to communicate and was able to translate. Soon they were laughing and the conversation took on another tone. We had a great conversation and we had the opportunity to share with the young man the love of God. The following day we attended church services in Sonskyn Valley. After the service the Pastor informed us that he conducted the service in English to honor us. I am excited to see what the Lord has in store as we continue to work there.
As always I would like to thank those of you who partner with us in ministry through prayer and financial giving. This ministry would not be possible without your help and faithful support. You are a blessing to us and to the Kingdom of God. Please feel free to share this newsletter with whomever the Lord directs.