Home Again (Would rather be painting!) :)
Well, our time in Mozambique has come to a close. We just cannot believe how quickly the last weeks have gone! Since the last update, nearly the entire building- inside and out- is covered in white paint. Only about 1/3rd of 3 exterior walls needs to be done yet. We wish it could have been completed, but are at least happy we got that far.
We had to leave Mozambique on Sunday since our visas ran out, so we took a little road trip and spent the last 2 days of our trip in the country of Swaziland. Before we left, we were able to go to at least part of a church service- I think one of my favorite parts about Africa is to hear and see the people's passion as they worship God through song. It's incredible and there really is nothing quite like it.
In Swaziland, the 3 of us shared a guest house on another Bible College's campus and were very warmly welcomed by the missionaries and the students there. It was a very relaxing time and, much to Jamison and Chad's delight,we got in some good souvenir shopping time. :) Unfortunately for Chad, though, he spent most of those 2 days inside a car repair shop. His truck had begun running funny and the check engine light would come on/off occasionally. Since he is leaving next week on a distribution trip, he thought it best to get it fixed. Some work was done to it in Swaziland, but the issue was still not fixed. We even began to question whether or not it would even get us back to JoBurg for our flight. But after many prayers, God blessed us with a very uneventful drive back into South Africa and back to the airport. His truck ran like a champ and no lights came on the whole day. Praise God for answered prayers yet again!
All of our flights went really well and we arrived back in GR around 1:00 yesterday afternoon. After spending that long on planes and in airports, we were glad to finally arrive home, but I can say without a doubt that I would much rather be painting the studio again today rather than getting back to life here. I have a feeling I am going to have a difficult time with the adjustment. We just keep praying that God is not done using us in Africa and that he gives us opportunities to serve there again. We feel incredibly blessed to have had this opportunity! And we have an ever growing respect for Chad and the work he does there for the ministry. He is so devoted and passionate- it is so easy to see God working through him as he serves the men and women there. Please continue to pray for him and the ministry.
And as a very specific prayer request, please pray for the car situation. After dropping us up at the airport, he took the car into another shop. I just heard from him today that they need to do a complete rebuild of his fuel pump, which is a very costly and timely repair. His truck is out of commission until Tuesday. He picked up another couple from the airport who are going to be joining him on the distribution next week and are planning to leave on the distribution 1 week from today. The devil is trying to work overtime to get them to not go on this trip (I feel like he has been trying really hard to mess stuff up for the studio and ministry lately). But, as we have seen from the past, our God is bigger and can overcome! You think the devil would get the hint and just give up! So pray again that God reveal his power and that ultimately, His will be done.
Thank you for your support and prayers. They have not been in vain. And one last little plug, keep your calendars open for Friday evening, May 18. ASM is planning a night of worship and stories about how God is working through this ministry. All of the missionaries, Chad included, will be in attendance, so you can hear the stories first-hand. We are very excited about this event, even though it is still very much in the beginning stages of planning. We'd love to see you there!