4. That we worship the one true God. Today, Zandi, who works here at Sunbury, was explaining to us that her husband is training to become a sangoma (or witch doctor). Zandi is actually planning on starting ZEBS (Zion Evangelical Bible School) in January, so it will be interesting to see how she handles the collision of contradicting faith and culture. Without the Lord, wouldn’t it make sense to turn to the only “hope” you know? How scary and uncertain and confusing our lives would be without the hope of the gospel! Please pray!
1. Waking up to the sunrise.
2. A full, long, productive day taking care of fried routers and printers in Durban. The damage could always be worse!
2. Cold coffee on hot drives.
1. God’s divine appointments in my life- the way He can take a situation that seems at first a disappointment and turn it in to incredible blessing.
2. Hot-from-the-dryer laundry (and neighbors who let me use their dryer, particularly on rainy days when my nifty laundry tree isn’t an option).
3. Dinner and coffee with friends.
1. This reminder from James 1: 26-27
“If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. Religion that God our father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Sobering.
2. Any chance to “talk” to John. I’m thankful that God cares about even the little details and answers prayers about quickly passing lightning storms and cooperative (albeit terrible, which really makes the cooperative part all the more impressive) internet connections.
3. Lively games and fellowship with the Seghers family and my Uncle Dick and Aunt Laurel.
1. Freshly baked muffins that make my kitchen smell wonderful.
2. Being able to finally finish calendars for ZEBS with minimal frustration!
3. Precious time each day with Carlene.
4. Homemade happy chicken soup for chilly, quiet evenings.
5. For unique demonstrations of God’s creativity.
|Almost missed this guy.|
|This palm-sized spider was, thankfully, very dead.|
1. Mornings that begin with God’s Word and coffee. Every morning should start like this.
2. Sunshine! It seems so very rare lately.
3. The opportunity to serve by organizing Sunbury’s library. Vuvuzelas, anyone?
I came across a bunch of very old, illustrated children’s songs, including this gem from the fifties. Fitting, don’t you think?
3. The truth of Philippians 1:6 which says, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” God isn’t finished with us. He is working good in us. Sanctification is a process.
1. For families I miss dearly.
2. For a morning “away” in Ballito to run errands and restock my kitchen.
3. For comfort in a foreign country. I could feel at home here.
4. For simple pleasures, like the discovery of free range eggs and poppyseeds at the grocery store.
5. Running into familiar faces unexpectedly, especially when you’re the foreigner with very few potential connections in the first place.
6. Friendly conversations with the checkers at the grocery store.
7. For homemade pizzas and the community of brothers and sisters who gather each Wednesday evening to share a meal.
8. For my mom’s willingness to help with an online order I couldn’t place myself. Birthday shopping: check!
9. Perpetually muddy feet.
10. The smell of fresh basil.