Ever sow in an area for years only to be surprised when God dumps blessings upon you? Well, I have over 10 years of serving different ministries in administrative, ‘not so fun, but has to get done’ stuff….So, it is sooooooooo amazing to enter into a season when you have people asking you, “What can I do? How can I serve?”
We are settling back into the rhythm of life and ministry here in Africa. Johanna is overjoyed to be back with her extended family! We are playing catch up in many areas, but whenever we get overwhelmed, we just take some time to enjoy the new additions at MCV! What a joy to spend time with three newest children, meet the two babies who were born to MCV staff, watch in awe the newest fulltime missionary busy at work (Dea), keep an energetic intern busy (Myrinda from New Orleans), and gratefully appreciate the amazing South African couple who held down the fort for us (Thank you Justin and Jeanie)! Even if the tempo is fast, we are happy to be home. On another note, MCV had some fun events in the past two months, so you can read the testimonies on MCV website, so check them out at http://www.mcvafrica.com
In early August, MCV hosted the Westside Community Church missions team. This amazing group of Canadians blessed us beyond words! Each team member brought such unique gifts and talents, which they lavishly poured out in service wherever they went. They assisted us in everything from administration to making cement blocks for a new church. A few of the team members would even wake up early to “kidnap” the babies before other team members would have the chance! As passionate lovers of God and people, the WCC team greatly impacted the MCV family and the community of Backdoor. MCV send out a huge “SYABONGA” (Thank you) to our WCC family…we love and miss you! Please, please, please stay in touch and come back soon!
The HEM ministry was recently launched at the Village of Hope in Backdoor. Pioneered by Tryphina Sithole, MCV’s other amazing director, this ministry seeks to empower women to sustain themselves and their families through sewing. By following the example of the woman with the issue of blood in Luke 8, these women know if they can just touch the hem of His garment they will be made whole! Therefore, the ladies begin their sewing day by seeking his presence and studying His word. After the devotional time, the ladies work on various sewing projects that can be sold for a profit to help bless/sustain themselves and their families. Many of the MCV mommas are learning to sew via this amazing ministry…maybe when things slow down they can teach me! Till then, we rejoice that another incredible ministry is going on in our beloved Backdoor!
We hosted the First Christian Assembly youth ministry recently in July. This team of 11 youth and 7 leaders blessed us incredibly. FCA has supported us personally for almost 4 years and it was a tremendous blessing to host the team! From changing diapers to revival services, the team served with amazing love and zeal. We are praying that many other churches will follow in their footsteps (hint, hint☺). We want to say a HUGE thank you to FCA and all our new friends from Ohio. We were especially grateful to the team leaders, Dele and Oneya, for their outstanding leadership and refreshing fellowship. Thanks again!!!