Praise be to you, Lord, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, Lord is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.
~1 Chronicles 29:10-11, 13
Most definitely in the last few months God’s greatness and power, glory, majesty and splendor has been on display, and we give thanks and indeed, praise his glorious name.
Muphamuzi Baby Home celebrated 5 years since its doors opened in February, 2012. We had a beautiful night of celebrating and reflecting on what God has done in those five years through this humble home. Not only has the home cared for 40 babies, but many families, caregivers, interns, donors, volunteers and mission teams from all around the world have been touched as they all willingly have taken part in what God is doing there. The Baby Home requires approximately $3000/month in running costs which means that in the past 5 years God has provided $180,000 from donations to help cover the cost of caregivers, diapers, formula. We have witnessed God’s hand over and over again: a baby is placed in the home, is lovingly cared and prayed for by caregivers, volunteers and interns, and under this care, the baby grows and thrives. Then in God’s sovereign timing, the little one is placed in a family. As Marda went through the list of all that God has done through the Baby Home, she ended each statement with, “How Great is our God!”.
Watch the video shown that night describing the mission of the Muphamuzi Baby Home by clicking here.
New Church Facility After years of praying for a new facility, we joyfully moved into the new building God has provided and held our first worship service on April 2nd – perfect timing for a Good Friday communion /church family meal and Resurrection Sunday service.
Ministries in our neighboring country, Swaziland. We made a quick trip across the border to Swaziland to visit our dear Mary-Kate and her ministry to sexually abused children, Hosea’s Heart. She took us out to her newly acquired land, 7 hectares (which is equivalent to over 17 acres). She is dreaming and praying BIG, and prays that one day the land will occupy 14 buildings, including: 5 homes housing 8 girls and a house mom each, a home for teenaged moms, a director’s house , long term and short term volunteer housing, a school, a chapel, multipurpose, offices/workshops and a guest house! Whew! How Great is our God!
We also visited Pastor Vusi’s village in Big Bend, Swaziland. We then brought him back to Pretoria with us in order that he may participate in our African Bible Training Classes (ABTC).
Some of the girls in the village shared a beautiful song of God’s amazing grace! “You washed my sins away and now I’m free!” (Also, note the photobombing chickens)
Tina and Bryan Bush, whom we are so thankful to for running 1Hope Ministries International in the U.S., came for a week to visit our family and the ministries of 1Hope4Africa. Sadly, at the end of their week, they also took home their daughter, Sarah, who had become part of our family over the last three months. Their week here also included a quick trip to South Africa’s Drakensberg (translated Dragon Mountains) where the splendor of God’s greatness was on full display!
“And all will sing how great, how great is our God!”