"The Lord knows..."
A NOTE FROM OUR FOUNDER, DEBBIE WARREN
If I had a nickel for every time I have casually and seriously uttered those words, I might be able to go on an amazing cruise. I firmly believe that our Sovereign God does know what was, is, and will be in the future. The truth, however, is that recently when I utter these words they are often bookmarked with tears. As Abba’s Pride has grown, it has also come against challenges that I see as spiritual attacks. Attacks that break my heart. Additionally, as God moves people into and out of the ministry, there are elements of both joy and sadness.
A key event for the ministry is that the Lord is closing the season of being missionaries for the Jones family. As confident as I am that “the Lord knows” our hearts and Abba’s Pride’s needs, there is an element of concern surrounding the vacancies their absence will bring. Who will God bring in their place? On a personal note I tell myself the Lord knows my heart and will walk with me through this transition and time of grieving the loss of family in South Africa.
In the midst of our sadness, the Lord also knows our joy. He knows the needs of the orphaned and vulnerable children. Recently our team experienced joy when we received full funding to build a second preschool/ECD!
The Lord knows who he has chosen to serve Him with us. We have Anna Goldsmith until April of next year and are praying that it will be longer. Right now, Sam Kittrell, a Serve South Africa intern, is with us until December. Stephanie Beck, a two month volunteer, arrives in October. Jimmy Newton, a previous volunteer, is returning in February for three months. The Lord knows our immediate needs and is placing people on South African soil to fill those needs.
Our third grandchild in 9 months was born safely. Asher James was three weeks early. Honestly, it was extremely difficult for Lonnie and me to be on this continent while our grandson was being born. We kept saying, “The Lord knows our hearts’ desire to be there" as we prayed for a safe delivery.
SERVE SOUTH AFRICA INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Sam Kittrell, from Virginia Beach, arrived on the 5th of September! We are excited to have him here and to help him use his gifts in photography and graphic design. Most of these awesome pictures in the update are from Sam! He is already spending time staying with our partnering pastors and living life with them. We are excited to see how God uses Sam and how Sam is challenged during his 3 months in South Africa!