It feels like this picture was taken just yesterday. But it’s been eighteen years now.
And it’s time to send McKenna off to university. It wasn’t easy!
We were hoping Marda would be able to make the trip with her. But unfortunately she wasn’t able to because of her cancer treatments. So, McKenna got second best! Still, I tried to make the trip as special as possible. We flew into Seattle, spent a couple days there, and then traveled by train to California.
We are so happy McKenna has the opportunity to go to The Master’s University where she can be discipled, mentored and trained for a lifetime in ministry. It’s difficult to be away from family, but McKenna is convinced wisdom is worth it. And, so are we!
As you can see in these pictures, God’s brought a very diverse group of people together at Living Hope, and we are working together at truly caring for one another like family.
One of our goals at ABTC is to identify young men who should go for further training. Mustapha is a great example. He was part of ABTC while we were developing the curriculum and demonstrated an intense desire to know God’s Word even better. We are so happy he is now attending Christ Seminary and training, Lord willing, to be a pastor.
A dear family from our church have long had a burden for Zimbabwe. Nickson and Esther Pasipanodya are both from villages in Mashonaland East province (surrounding Harare), and both lived in that part of Zimbabwe their whole life prior to coming to South Africa in their early–mid 20s. They are fluent in Shona and English (the languages most widely spoken in the region), and have family and friends in Harare and the surrounding area. Nickson graduated from Christ Seminary with a Bachelor’s in Theology in 2015, has received his Honours in Theology from North West University and is working on a MA in Biblical Counselling through Strengthening Ministries Training Institute. His desire is to church plant in Harare itself, and to be very intentional about providing encouragement and training opportunities for pastors in the city and the surrounding rural areas. The Living Hope elders share this vision. It is our joy to serve as the Pasipanodya’s sending church.
Marda has 3 weeks left of radiation.
I have lots of ministry travel coming up. I’ll be speaking in Albania at the end of September, and then preparing to teach a week long course on marriage counseling in the Philippines in the beginning of the new year. We are thankful the Albania trip is covered, but if anyone wants to help us with travel costs to the Philippines, we would be so grateful.
Please pray for each of our children. We have one living on another continent now, and we miss her! Also Muzi is severely special needs, and we need God’s help to know how to best care for him. It’s been difficult to find a school that will actually benefit our Zanele who has learning disabilities. Marda is exploring a home school curriculum that would suit her. We would love for you to pray with us that God would save the four ‘littles’ and give thanks for our teen girls who are such an encouragement to us.