Wednesday, October 05, 2011


I've got several things on my mind today related to Africa, so I thought I'd just put them all together in one blog post.

*Please pray for Dennis Brock and his family. Dennis, who serves in Swaziland with Adventures in Missions, received word yesterday that his grandmother had passed away here in the States. This was his last living grandmother and comes on the heels of the death of an uncle just a couple of weeks ago. Please pray for Dennis as I know it is hard to be away from your extended family at times such as this.

*Also, please pray for our two Swazi sponsored girls. They are both facing hard times right now. One of the girls lost her mother this year. She is now a full orphan and living in very challenging circumstances. Please pray for God to move in amazing ways on behalf of both of these girls. I wish I was there now to help them.

*Our daughter Anna is a supporter of the work of the International Justice Mission which is a Christian organization dedicated to bringing "rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to secure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to ensure that public justice systems - police, courts and laws - effectively protect the poor." Right now they are fighting on behalf of an innocent man who has been wrongly in Kenya. You can learn more about his situation & send him a note of encouragement via their website:

Please pray for Joseph and his family during this difficult time. He has a wife and 5 children who need him to be set free.

*I was blessed today by an unexpected gift. Once again, God has used a fellow Mississippi University for Women alum and Troubadour Sister to help us on our journey to love the least and the lost in Africa. When the mail came in, there was a $20 bill folded up with a note telling us to use it for our kids' passports or whatever other needs we have as we prepare to go to Swaziland next year. I just can't begin to describe how much I needed this tangible evidence of provision and support. We will be taking the youngest three to get their passports this week and my friend's money will be put to good use. They are so excited about getting their own passports and the adventures they are going to have in Swaziland. Like seeing monkeys!!!

*And while we on the subject of the trip, I spoke with a travel agent today and it looks like we might be going a lot sooner than anticipated. Ticket prices and some special deals are looking good for January, so if the timing works out with our main Swazi contact, then it looks like we'll be going over in THREE months!!! Yes, that thrills this girl's heart big time! Please keep praying for it all to work out according to God's perfect timing and provision.

*Last but not least, in case you missed yesterday's post, another sweet Mississippi University for Women friend (this time, a present-day student) has dontated her culinary skills on our behalf. She will make a delicious pumpkin cheesecake to the winner of our latest online auction.

See the blog at this link for details:

As the Swazis would say, sala kahle, bonkhosi*!

*Stay well, friends!

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