We are so delighted to announce that on July 25th MCV celebrated its first birthday! It is hard to believe that it has been an entire year! Time as flown by so quickly and we rejoice in this year of seeing so many lives transformed by the love of God. We celebrated together with an outstanding team from America (First Christian Assembly). For the birthday, the FCA team blessed our kids with a beautiful drama and with an amazing South African braai. Also joining us was the Backdoor puppet team who did puppet skits to entertain the kids. The children of MCV blessed all the house parents by praying for them and sharing different testimonies of what the parents meant to them. We also had a testimony time and some of the children shared what MCV meant to them; “We eat great food and everyone takes good care of us,” “I love MCV because we worship and learn more about God,” “Because we play so good together and I have lots of friends here.” Thank you so much for making this incredible ministry possible. Your prayers and support mean the world to our every expanding family. We love and bless you.
In early July, we snuck up to Pemba for a week visit! We, along with Surprise and Tryphina and 2 of our main pastors, represented South Africa at the Iris Global Tribal Gathering. We were so renewed by the wonderful fellowship and the refreshing services. Heidi and Roland Baker shared about the core values of Iris and the vision for Iris Ministries as it expands into more and more nations (26+!). Our hearts are so excited about what God has in store for our little part of the vineyard in South Africa. We also were able to spend some quality time with our boys in Pemba (the 11 boys who were in our dorm room “Might Warriors / Fire Starters”). Another highlight of our trip was to show off our beautiful Johanna Joy. Everyone loved her and we somehow managed to bring her back home with us.
After receiving 6 more kids in the past 2 months, we are maxed out at MCV. With no more beds, we hate to even think about turning away a child in need. Please pray with us!!! We hope to build four more houses this year, but we need the divine provision to do it! We already have a few amazing fundraisers for MCV- pray God multiplies their efforts. South African Social Services has also asked us to be prepared for an influx of children due to child trafficking and child prostitution during the World Cup (June 11-July 11). Pray with us so we can be prepared for this divine opportunity.
May we continue to say “Yes” tothe Joshuas of South Africa!
Seven months ago the Lord sent us Welcome (aka-warrior baby), a 15-month-old baby with HIV, TB, and a rare form of pneumonia. He came to us dying, weighing only about 6kgs and unable to walk or talk. We honestly did not know if he would make it. We held him, loved him, and prayed for him around the clock. Little Welcome needed a miracle, God provided! Last Friday the 23rd Welcome walked for the first time without any help. He now weighs almost 11kgs and loves to talk. We witnessed the healing power of the love of God flowing through our amazing staff and house parents and heal Welcome. We are praying for the day when Welcome will no longer need his medicine and will be totally healed and HIV free. Please join us in prayer for Welcome and all the children the Lord has given us.