The Lord has richly blessed! We just returned from three weeks in South Africa where the Lord opened many opportunities for me to speak and minister into the lives of diverse surroundings. Thank you for your prayers, notes of encouragement, and generosity in giving for this special time of ministry. I’d like to share my thoughts about a couple of occasions that were especially meaningful to me during the time there.
Ministry in a Township
I wasn’t sure what to expect as we drove into the township at evening to speak with ladies who call it their home. Townships in South Africa are not known for safety or friendship after the sun goes down. But even before stepping inside the venue, beautiful music filled the air from their joyful voices—praising our God with all their hearts. It was a heavenly expression of their delight regardless of their dismal surroundings—and only our Lord knows how to do that for His children. Their smiles were unforgettable and our lives locked together as sisters in Christ. Throughout the evening, I shared ways to nurture their children and honor Christ in their homes. Their thirst for help in caring for their families was unmistakable. Unfortunately, there are not many “outsiders” who come to invest in these lives, but I count it a true privilege. Their faces never leave my heart. Now, after returning home to America, the Lord continues to allow me to pray for their needs and for His blessing in their lives.
Sharing with School Children
From my perspective, there’s one thing that remains constant in all 36 countries that I’ve travelled—children are adorable! Clean faces or dirty faces—they’re all cute! Fed or not fed, their eyes all long for love and attention. That’s why it was exciting for me to be invited to their school in Hermanus, and, as requested, tell them about our mission work in Cambodia! As they saw the slides of pictures, they were curious about these children who looked so different from them. They watched attentively—it would have been interesting to know what was going on in their little minds and thoughts. When our time together was over, they went back to their classes knowing they, too, can be little missionaries to their friends, and pray for the Lord to bless others. And they will! They are precious!
This trip was truly the Lord’s timing. I have dear, long-time friends in Hermanus and during my time there, one of those precious families tragically lost a young brother in a motorcycle accident. At their request, the Lord helped me to share His continued work of sorrow and healing in unexpected timing. His ways are not our ways; His thoughts are not our thoughts. But He is the One who is faithful and continues to give us opportunities to serve and heal broken lives for His glory.
Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct thy paths.”