Happy Thanksgiving to all! Although we are in the center of Africa over 10,000 miles away and it is swelteringly hot outside, we can still be thankful.....for a lot of things. Really, we have so much to thank the Lord for over the past 12 months. Wow what an incredible journey it’s been! As we laid awake in bed this morning because the dogs were barking, (we are not thankful for our dogs :), we just praised God for you and what He has done so far to get us here and what He is doing in the hearts of the Malawian youth.
Thank you for………
1. Giving Sacrificially.
-Your time in meeting and eating with us before we left America.
-Your hard worked for money: that you sacrificially have given to make this work possible.
-Your love: as we are not always the easiest people to care for.
-Your possessions: as many of you have donated your things to bless the people of Malawi or sent us gift packages in the mail.
2. Praying Fervently.
-Being our daily prayer warriors.
-Many of you have calloused knees on behalf of interceding for God to break through in Malawi.
-For Christ to perform miraculous works of power among the people here to show that He is enough and that they don’t have to put their trust in anything else.
-For our family: as we transition cultures here, learn the Chichewa language, fight sickness, and preach Jesus.
We are so thankful for you! We honestly could not do this without you and we praise God for your continued involvement in our lives for His glory in all the world. The hand of the Lord is really doing some awesome things on the ground here in Malawi through you and the lives of giving and praying that you are leading back home. We are positive that there will be MANY Malawian faces in heaven one day thanking God for His grace for transforming their life through your sacrificial giving and fervent praying.
In closing, we just wanted to give you a little story from yesterdays Bible/soccer club that meets on Tuesday and Thursdays at our house. After teaching them the story of Abraham and Isaac, Luke prayed with them and then told them to go and begin the soccer training by running. But a hand shot up in the back of the group of kids. It was Innocent, an 11 year old who lives right down the road from us. He has a miraculous story of the Lord preserving his life a few years ago after a horrific fall where he was impaled by a steel pole going through his spine after he fell out of a tree trying to get a mango. Since then, his family said they can’t and don’t want to take care of him so he lives with his aunt who treats him badly. But, our house has become a place of refuge and good times for this kid. He has the most amazing smile and he genuinely enjoys the Bible lessons. He said, “I’ve never been taught the Bible before. I’ve heard of Jesus a few times at school but no one has ever told me the story of the Bible.” He then asked, “Why do we not sacrifice anymore like Abraham and Isaac did? Why should I not go and get my best goat and chicken to give to God to cover over my sins like they did?” Incredible! Rather than going and having fun playing soccer, the kids are really enjoying asking questions about the Word of God to clarify it in their minds. Luke then walked them through a few passages from Hebrews and told them about Jesus and how He was the sacrifice that fully satisfied the wrath of God on our behalf. They had never had this explained to them before. Then Innocent said, “That is great news! Now I understand!” The Lord is doing some awesome things in this little Bible club made possible through you! We are humbled and so thankful for this opportunity to teach Innocent and many others about the Lamb of God who takes away their sin.
We miss you all dearly but have been deeply encouraged by your giving and praying. Below is a picture of Innocent.