So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1Cor 10:31
As winter approaches here in Pretoria, the days grows shorter and there is a definite chill in the air. Our American minds start playing tricks on us and we begin anticipating the joyous season of our beloved holidays approaching…pumpkin pie, stuffed turkeys, Christmas decorations, music, shopping…but, oh wait, it’s May! Ahhh, yes, we are in Africa!
Outside of the flip flop of the seasons, daily life here in South Africa for myself (Susan) does not look much different than what it would look like in the U.S. Most of my days are filled with the ordinary tasks of managing our home and homeschooling the kids.
As I go through my days teaching lessons, correcting children, grading papers, hanging laundry, correcting children, washing dishes, making meals and correcting children, (you get the picture), I need to remind myself that that these seemingly ordinary daily tasks can be done “all to the glory of God”. And that the Christian walk, even living as “missionaries” on the other side of the globe, is about being faithful in the small tasks of life.
Fridays are half-day home school days as we head over to Sunnyside Primary in the afternoon for Awana.
Randy’s days, on the other hand, look quite different than what they did in the U.S. Although he is no longer tied to full-time employment, his schedule, none the less, is quite full and some of his tasks include weekly project work days at the Muphamuzi Baby Home, one-on one discipleship meetings, leading a Gospel Community (AKA small group), church leadership training meetings, and volunteering at a primary school (to name a few.)
We are so thankful to be part of a church family that takes serious the charge that, as Christians, we are entrusted with the truth of the gospel message of eternal life. The people of Living Hope Church truly have a desire to show this message as beautiful to the world. As a result, our favorite day of the week is Sunday when Randy can be found either on the Living Hope Church worship team:
.and recently celebrated the baptism of four young ladies
Bible Church of Little Rock 1Hope4Africa is very blessed to host short term mission teams a few times during the year. This month we have been encouraged to have a team from The Bible Church of Little Rock, Arkansas come alongside Living Hope church and the 1Hope ministries. It was a sweet precious time. (They really do say “y’all” all the time!) Read more about their trip on their Arkansas to Africa FB page:
Muphamuzi Baby Home Update The baby home is full and busy. Just today (Memorial Day), one little one was placed in his forever family and another teeny tiny one (only 5 lbs at 2 months) was welcomed.
Prayer Request It is becoming more and more evident that the Clarks moving to South Africa was not just a one year or even two year assignment…but as we desire to obey the call to do “all to the glory of God”, we believe that for now, remaining in South Africa will bring more Glory to His name than if we were to return to the U.S. Therefore, we are making plans for a more permanent stay. Please pray for us as we plan to travel to the U.S. in fall (where the cold air really does signify the coming of the holiday season) in order to take care of all the things we left behind when we believed we would be returning after a year. There are many details that will need our attention and without knowing that God is with us and for us, it would all be quite overwhelming.
Now…HERE is something that we wouldn’t experience back in Orange County, California: