Greetings for the last time from Malawi for a while. Hopefully, in just a few hours we’ll be boarding a plane for the USA. Well…I guess it’s not that simple. On Saturday morning, we’ll be getting in a car then a small plane then another plane then another plane…you get the picture. It will be over 40 hours of travel but we hope to end up in Charlotte, NC sometime on Sunday. Nearly everything has been packed or stored away for when we come back in October (Lord willing). Our house has been turned into the Sports Friends Malawi office. We are so excited to see what God is going to do while we are away!
We cannot believe how quickly this first two years in Malawi have flown by. God’s faithfulness and Holy Spirit power have completely sustained, encouraged and blown us away. This land of Malawi is now our home and it has been SO incredibly difficult saying temporary goodbyes to our family and friends here whom God has given us.
Passing the Baton
Thursday was a day of prayer and final meetings with Fostance and others who will lead the ministry while we are away. The Lord has strategically brought many passionate leaders into this sports ministry and we are overwhelmed by their hearts of love for God and us. Our cup overflows. All glory be to the Lord! Though we are away, the work will continue. The Gospel will go out and disciples are being made! Please pray for Fostance and others as they sacrificially give everything they’ve got to love the people of Malawi using sports as the platform to show Jesus to people.
Our Sweet Lyzee
Please remember our little Lyzee in your prayers as we are in the States for the next few months. She has lived here in Malawi longer than anywhere else and does not remember anything about the USA. She keeps saying, “We are going to America to see Nana and Grammy and everyone else…! Yay!” But then, every time, there is a pause and she then asks, “But we are coming back home here to Malawi, right?” She has made many little friends here and God has beautifully made her to be tough, spunky, and willing to associate and play with anyone, anytime, anywhere. She brings joy to so many here in Malawi and she especially is closest with her little friend Lucy (who does not speak a word of English). They play in the dirt all day, eat bugs together, dig in the yard, and just enjoy the hot Malawian sun. Lyzee is communicating very well in Chichewa with the kids now and we are so proud of her. All that to say, please lift her up to the Lord in prayer as we come back for these few months to the USA. We look forward to so many things but she is nervous about leaving Malawi and the life God has given her here.
|Lyzee & Lucy digging in the dirt|
Saying Goodbye to The Boys…For now
|Coach Clement Sharing with the boys|
So, here we go! Next time we send out an update, we’ll be on the same continent and would love to link up with you. We will let you know when we get there!
May the Lord continue to bless you with more of Himself!
Luke, Becca, Lyzee, and Baby Voight