SEPTEMBER 2017 Abba's Pride Ministry Update

"The Lord knows..."


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.

This all boils down to “The Lord knows our joy and our sadness as we walk this road of obedience to serve him in South Africa. The Lord knows the future of Abba’s Pride and who will step in and carry on the work that he began. The Lord knows this momma’s heart to be with her family.” I am thankful and confident that in all things, the Lord knows.


After serving in South Africa for three years, Rebecca and I sensed the Lord asking to use to step away from our roles here with Abba's Pride. This was a very hard and emotional decision but one we know is best for our family. After wrestling with the timing for months, we now have a peace about ending our season in January 2018. These pastors, teachers, and leaders have become very dear to our hearts and we will miss them dearly! As hard as this season is, we are looking forward to settling down in Pennsylvania near my family. We covet your prayers during this season of transition and are thankful for all of your prayers and encouragement thus far. - Josiah Jones


Since our last update, we have been blessed with a donation of R250,000 (roughly $18,700) to complete a new ECD center in Mmotla! Praise the Lord! Our team is also in discussions with a possible donor who wants us to build 3 primary schools at ECD centers where we are currently operating. Please pray with us that this is God's plan and that we will enhance His Kingdom in this way.


We continue to thank our Lord and Savior for His overwhelming provision in this ministry! Abba's Pride is blessed to come alongside our partnering churches to help make sure the children in their centers receive nourishing, sound food!


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!

Sam recently spent two weeks at Rock of Ages with Pastor Silas and Maria. He did life with them by working in the garden, riding the taxi to go get groceries, and sitting under the stars at night to talk about life.


It is never too early to start thinking about next summer and our Serve South Africa 6-Week Discipleship Program! We are looking for young adults who have a heart for missions and want to see what the mission field in South Africa is all about. Our program runs from the 14th of June through the 29th of July 2018. For more information and to start the application process, click the link below.


For more information, email Debbie Warren at debbie@abbaspride.com

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