Our citizenship is in heaven…

Early October we were greeted by the familiar friendly faces of the pastors of Grace Church of Orange as our family landed at LAX travel-weary, but thankful.  We have been in California for about one month and will be here through the middle of January.  We have hit the ground running:  sharing the vision of 1Hope ministries at various venues,

Sharing 1Hope at an Orange County Orphan Care Summit.

Sharing 1Hope at an Orange County Orphan Care Summit.

soaking in time with beloved friends and family,

Spending time with beloved Papa!

Spending time with beloved Papa!

sorting and sorting and more sorting as we sort through all the belongings we have had in storage for the past couple of years.

Elijah finds a long lost favorite toy!

Elijah finds a long lost favorite toy!

A few weeks into our time here, Hamilton, our fellow brother and friend from Living Hope Church in Pretoria was in California on a business trip and we had the privilege of showing him around for a day:

South African, Hamilton, receives the In N Out experience for the first time!

South African, Hamilton, receives the In N Out experience for the first time!

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California Coast!

The month before departing South Africa was also a whirlwind for us.  We moved from our rental into our new home in Pretoria, unpacked as many boxes as possible and then said good bye to our dear friends and ministry partners.

Our "moving in" ritual, Randy carrying Susan over the threshold.

Our “moving in” ritual, Randy carrying Susan over the threshold.

Fellow 1Hope family. Karlien DeWit (right) and Marda Mack

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Randy with Andre DeWit, Josh Mack and Alan Lester

Our new Pretoria home is a wonderful gift and blessing from God.  On the property is a one bedroom flat (apartment) which has so many possibilities for ministry.  But for the next year or two our dear friends and ministry partners, Andre and Karlien DeWit have moved in with their two beautiful children.  Andre is Director of Operations for 1Hope4Africa and Karlien serves as the ministry’s attorney.  Truly a gracious gift to be living in gospel community with this precious family!

We are also thankful that our side of the house is not sitting empty while we are away, but currently is being occupied by two 1Hope missionaries and a Living Hope Church family.

We cannot express how thankful we are for this new home, it is our prayer that God would use it for His purposes to bring Him glory and further His kingdom.

Our new house, a "good and perfect gift from above" (James 1:17)

Our new house, a “good and perfect gift from above” (James 1:17)

dsc_0240Muphamuzi Baby Home Virtual Baby Shower One of our main projects for us here in the States is to go through our belongings to determine what to sell/give away and what to take with us back to South Africa.  We will be loading a shipping container with what we have decided to take with us on the 1st of December.  But a portion of that container is reserved for donations for the Muphamuzi Baby Home and other parts of the ministry.  The first Sunday in November, many churches host an Orphan Care Sunday to bring an awareness of the need and call to care for these vulnerable children.  You can be a part! Click Here to find out how!  But please hurry as we need to get it all sorted and loaded soon!! As of today here is what we have collected so far:

MBH Baby Shower!!

MBH Baby Shower!!

Prayer Requests We would appreciate your prayers for us during this very busy time:

  • That we can get through all the details of packing up the shipping container with our belongings and donations. God has provided graciously for most of this shipping cost, but we still have a little more to go. Please pray for His sovereign provision in this.
  • That we would make wonderful memories as we visit with friends and family while we are here.
  • For all the other details that need to be taken care of during our visit.
  • That others would partner with us through prayer and support.

As we have loved being with beloved friends and family here, but are truly missing cherished ones in South Africa, we have been reflecting on how our hearts and home are very much in two different places.  This has the potential to be quite confusing,  but we take much joy and comfort in realizing that:

Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Philippians 3:20

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