Daily Life

 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.

Home school

Home school

Play Time

Play Time

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.

Mission team from Arkansas helping us out with AWANA

Mission team from Arkansas helping us out with 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.)

Randy's Gospel Community from Salvakop (a refugee community in the inner-city)

Randy’s Gospel Community from Salvakop (a refugee community in the inner-city)

Randy with Ali, a young man from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who he helps disciple.

Randy with Ali, a young man from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, whom he helps disciple.

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:DSC_0620

or helping set up sound equipment:DSC_0012or driving to bring people who need rides to church.DSC_0067
Our church family also has a wonderful younger community:

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.and recently celebrated the baptism of four young ladies

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Recent Living Hope baptism– Always a joy to witness!

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:

Mission Team from Arkansas came to serve with 1Hope this month

Thank you BCLR for sending us some of your finest! We pray that your time was fruitful and blessed!

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.

MBH is so and busy!  We are so thankful to be a part of this ministry!

Babies!! We are so thankful to be a part of this ministry!

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Newest Little One arrived today. Please pray for her!

DSC_0216Prayer 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:

Zebras stopping to take a drink in the fountain at a park.

Zebras stopping to take a drink in the fountain at a park.

On Mother's Day.  One blessed Mama!

On Mother’s Day. One blessed Mama!

4 thoughts on “Daily Life

  1. Clark’s,

    I am so pleased that God is leading you to “stay awhile” in South Africa! Thanks for the great blog post, Susan, I love the thought, “being faithful in the small tasks…” Such a great encouragement. I will be praying for you guys this Sunday (June 1st!).

    Matt Doan

  2. Thanks for the blog post Susan! You are always an encouragement to me and again remind me to do ALL to the glory of God! That is wonderful that you guys are moving forward to stay there longer. I will pray for God’s leading and your listening :-). I loved the part about the weather being so different compared to the holidays. That would be quite strange, but fun. So thankful that you guys are all healthy and safe.
    In Christ, Michelle

  3. Thank you for the recent post and updates with great pictures. You both have your plates full but with the Lord at your side you can do all things because He strengthens you. Cute huddle of babies. What a treasure to present to the Lord. Bless you all, Don/Barb C

    On Mon, May 26, 2014 at 2:03 PM, Journey with us as we follow Christ to

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