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!
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.
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.
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:
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.