Overwhelmed by Jesus’ goodness.
“For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. “But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom. “Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
- We bought our plane tickets! THREE WEEKS LEFT! – Nov 14 early morning and return the last of August, Lord willing. Our plans are to fly to Johannesburg, South Africa, buy a vehicle (please pray that we find the right one) and household goods and drive up. We will then rent a house in Livingstone until we can build on the property – perhaps six to 12 months.
- As we draw nearer to the date we feel more certain that our primary goal for the year is to be in prayer, invest into the team that God gives to serve with us, and build relationships with the village where we will live – not a lot of tangible production! The most urgent things will be to sort out the legal issues with the land, the visas, the non-profit organization we will start. But our priority will be prayer and understanding. Who will pray with us?
- “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send workers...” He is doing it! Jeremiah and Missy are doing all the application stuff – sort of our right-hand partners in crime (Yeah guys!), and Alyssa is doing a lot of office stuff! Then Jeff told us tonight he wants to come serve with us for a year, (so looking into All Nations CPX for long term workers), and Nimisha (CPX last year) last week told us she wants to serve with us! We also sent out eight applications for interested interns! God is bringing in just who He is choosing. If I may ask you to pray for one more important part – we could really use an administrative person to come for six months to set up an office, take care of communications on that side, and organize our teams coming in. That will free up me and Regina to be in the village every day.
- We spent an evening with Chris and Karen Cornwell and fam. They are horticulturalists and are filling our bags with seeds to transform the hunger of Zambia into a sustainable sufficiency. They want to introduce more tubal plants into the local diet because these would be more drought resistant, elephant proof, and could diminish the absolute dependence on maize (corn). They also sent us with plans for a manual hay baler, a composting toilet, a bucket drip water system, etc. Chris has a dream of being “Chrisie Mango Seed” of Africa! – to come over and take a zillion good mango shoots and go around grafting these in every village.
- A good friend Julie graced Regina with a new pair of Chaco’s – a very wonderful thing to have in Africa! And another friend, Russ is giving her an e-book which has been on the shelf – it can download and flip thru 55,000 books! That ought to keep her busy.
- Now there are three competing simple technologies for house building : Nick is interested in building with cob. Andy wants to come and build with hay bales. Tonight Mark suggested rammed earth would possibly be best. Who knows?
- I splurged on an Mp3 player – I have it in my heart to make a real home for my wife when we arrive – with some pots and pans, a couch, beds, music stereo system – hence the mp3 player. I hope to keep her around a little longer this way.
- Jeff Walton is planning on buying a 2-man, hand-held, well drilling machine for us, and shipping it over!! We can go crazy digging wells! And Nimisha is dreaming about installing water systems. Hmm – sounds like God is up to something.
- Would you please pray for us in these two ways : We listed our house (AGAIN!) three days ago and our realtor had it in her heart to trust God that it could sell before we leave for Africa! Then we just heard that someone looked thru it today and might write an offer. Jesus, we give it to You! Also, our little ’89 Toyota Corolla is still running like a top – used no oil on the 6,300 mile trip we had to Michigan and Canada, and only one more long distance trip. Then we want to sell it just as we step on the plane preferably, for $1300. ANYONE INTERESTED?
- We got 4 suitcases for $2 each! Now we are getting things donated to pack in them to send over with teams that come – hand-made baby clothes, office supplies from a wholesaler, comic gospels of Jesus, and a case of easy-read English Bibles. I just ordered a Jesus Film in Lozi language. If anyone wants to order things in print – Lozi, or Nyanga are the most common languages there. If you have anything to donate to send with teams contact Alyssa at firstname.lastname@example.org – she will store and send things with people coming to visit or serve.
- Speaking of teams – our first team is still open for more. It is the Mandate discipleship school in Oregon that is leading the team (guys – there are six girls and only one guy! Just make sure it is God tugging at your heart!). Jan 8- Feb 27 – cost $2500 from Portland, or $900 plus your airfare. Floyd McClung will be there to teach the team for a few days too.