Just Show Up

We have been in the United States of America for over a month now, and if you read our last blog post, you will know that we were not planning to be here, but God surprisingly and generously supplied funds for us to drop in.  We were not exactly sure what our time would look like in the States or why we were supposed to come back, but we did know that God was leading us, so we thought we better just show up.  Although it has been quite an exhausting whirlwind of moving from one home to the next and visiting with friends and family, we are so thankful for this past month and have become more aware of how precious and priceless it is to have time with loved ones!

Spending time with our sweet dog, Cocoa, who had to stay behind!

Spending time with our sweet dog, Cocoa, who had to stay behind!

Thanks you, Silvio Family, for the week in your wonderful home!

Thanks you, Silvio Family, for the week in your wonderful home!
Also thanks to the Kosturas, Jacobs, Bushes, Sciarras, Clarks, and Deflinger Lake home who so lovingly cared for us in their homes during the month of July!

All the Penera family siblings with Susan's dad.  A rare occasion nowadays!

All the Penera family siblings with Susan’s dad. A rare occasion.

Clark Cousins! (and Uncle Ed)

Clark Cousins! (and Uncle Ed)

Our time has also been consumed with doing what we are most passionate about: sharing the ministry of 1Hope with anyone and everyone that would have us (Home Groups, Bible Study groups, Sunday School classes).  Very often, both here and in South Africa, we are all too aware of our inadequacies, and wonder how we are able to significantly contribute to God’s kingdom at all.  But we are so grateful, honored and humbled that He would choose to use such weak vessels as ourselves to do His work.

 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 2 Cor. 4:7

We have been discovering, as we share, that God’s people are hungry and eager to hear what God is doing to advance His kingdom around the world!!  We are in awe as we continue to experience the reality and power of the Body of Christ. Brothers and sisters who have a deep desire and yearning to be part of something much larger than themselves.  Praise and Glory to God!  This has been such an encouragement and refreshment to us in spite of our exhausting schedule!

Amazing Small World Story Now follow this….One of the groups we had the privilege of sharing with was the Lu family (Susan’s side of family).  We had not seen many of them in several years and it was such a fun enjoyable evening!  Our nephew Nathan was especially interested in our work with 1Hope and asked many questions.

Precious time with the Lu Family

Treasured time with the Lu Family

Meanwhile, back in Pretoria, 1Hope was hosting a mission team from a church in Arkansas.  Some of the members of this team were staying in our Pretoria home.  We saw many photos on Facebook and had longings to be back ministering with our friends and this precious team.

1Hope hosted a mission team from Arkansas in July

Mission team from Arkansas at the Mack home

Two weeks after our time with the Lu Family we receive this Facebook message from Nathan who lives in Northern California:

Aunt Susan. So fun to see you and Randy and all the kids. Such a blessing and encouragement to catch up with you. Apparently one of our friends from Walnut Creek, who is now a pastor in little rock Arkansas, is doing a summer trip with 1hope in Pretoria. They are staying in a furloughing family’s house…

Uhhh….that would be our home! Is that incredible or what?!

Other 1Hope South African events we have been missing:

 Living Hope Church wedding.

Living Hope Church wedding.

A new baby at the Baby Home.  Julia can't stand that she can hold this little one!

A new baby at the Baby Home. We can’t wait to hold this little one!

We would like to end this post with a recent video our very talented brother-in-law, Mark Jacobs put together for us and the ministry God is doing through Randy in Salvakop. He shot this footage while he and my sister surprised us by showing up in South Africa last March.

 

6 thoughts on “Just Show Up

  1. Shoh, I am in tears, so touched by the testimony…and I miss you folks soooo much!
    Thank you Mark for serving with your amazing talent. May God use this video clip in a huge way to call, to teach and to encourage and build His church.
    Miss you all!

  2. Dear Clark Family,
    It has been an immense blessing getting to meet you and your family. I was truly touched by your testimony. South Africa has a dear place in my heart having been there several years ago on a short-term mission trip. Continuing to pray for your journey. May God continue to use you to be a light and show His grace and mercy. Maybe one day I will be able to visit Pretoria if you are still there.

    Blessings,
    Ashley Farasopoulos

  3. We are so thankful to God that your family is having a refreshing and encouraging time home so that you can return to South Africa ready to continue to serve. We look forward to hearing how God uses you there. We are praying for you. It is a joy to be a part of your adventure and serve from afar.
    Joe & Michelle Rivera

  4. We are so thankful to God that your family has had a refreshing and encouraging time at home. We are excited to be a part of your service and adventure with 1Hope, even if it is from afar. We are praying for you and for God to use you there.

  5. We are so thankful to God that your family has had a refreshing and encouraging time at home. We are praying for you and look forward to being a part of your adventure and serve, even if it is from afar. We are excited to see how God uses you there.

  6. We are so thankful to God that you are having a refreshing and encouraging time at home. We look forward to being a part of your adventure and serve with 1Hope, even if it is from afar. We are praying for you and are excited to see how God uses you there.
    Joe and Michelle Rivera

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