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Many of us remember a moment in time where a decision was made that changed the course of our life. We call this moment a “fork in the road”. Sometimes a fork that we take transforms our lives in such a way that we can never go back to where we’ve began.
Twenty eight individuals have decided to take a fork in the road that will rewrite the story of their lives. They will take this journey which will mold and shape them into “jars of clay” to be used for Kingdom purposes.
On May 28-June 9, this team of individuals will travel to Africa to minister to the vulnerable children of Swaziland.
Swaziland has been experiencing a severe drought which has resulted in a food shortage that we have not seen during our past trips. The team will need prayer and encouragement from our “at home” team as we will need strength of the Lord to be able to do what God has called us to do.
As we are entering our summer, the Swazi’s are entering their winter where food shortage will be at an all time high. Our goal is to provide one months supply of food for each homestead that houses the 400 children which attend our two care points. We will be visiting as many homes as possible during our trip in order to take a food care package. The cost of each package is $40. If you would like to provide food for one of our Swazi families, you can write your check to Warren Baptist Church and put “Swaziland Ministry Fund” in the memo and mail it to Amy Woody – Warren Baptist Church – 3203 Washington Rd. Augusta, GA 30907.
We are thankful for each and every one of you. We ask that you come alongside us and commit to daily prayer. Thank you for your faithfulness in supporting this ministry. May God richly bless you with spiritual blessings from above.
Back Row: William Mutimer, Carolyn Powell, Roger Young, Sam Asplund, Jacob Huffman, Scott Hall, David Thompson, Jesse Powell, Stacey Weinberger, Amy Woody
Middle Row: Robin Hall, Leigh Ann Schmitz, Donna Carter, Sarah Carter, Becky Asplund
Front Row: Chris Willis, Casey Willis, Kaitlynn Moore, Katie Mahoney, Chandler Schmitz, Courtlyn Meyer, Cora Taylor, Madi Hall, Tamara Mahoney, Ross Mutimer
Not Pictured: Laura Starnes, Molly Billings, Corbin Hughes
We can’t believe our husbands are about to be back home Saturday! They have had an absolute amazing time. The Spragg family has been so awesome loving on our husbands! Charity has been the one sending all the pictures and videos to us for the blog! It is going to be so bittersweet for our guys to have to leave the Spraggs and for them to have to say goodbye again. We are so thankful for the opportunity the guys had to go serve along side of our family and brother and sister in Christ! One of the guys sent his wife a message saying “his heart had been broken and the Lord has filled it with His spirit.” The Lord is so so good!
Yesterday, the guys were able to finish building the Gogos house. She was praising God for her new house. They also were able to go on more home visits yesterday! What a blessing it is to be able to love on each person at their home and provide some food for them! When you see how thankful they are for just a few basic things, you realize how much we take things for granted. What if we were to REALLY live as if everything we have is not ours? God will use what we have for His glory if we surrender all to Him. Last night, the guys did some laundry and the power went out before dinner. Some of the Swazi staff cooked them a Swazi meal and they ate dinner with their hands by candlelight. Today, the guys went on a Hike. They said they really have seen a “dry and weary land.” That verse is something we just read over and not think much about especially with all the rain we have had, but there they have lost many animals, people, and crops because of the drought.
23 “Am I a God at hand, declares the LORD, and not a God far away? 24 Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the LORD. ”
33 “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! 34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” 35 “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?”
36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
Pray for our husbands as they travel home. Also be praying for the Spragg family as they will have to say goodbye again. Pray that they will continue to feel all of our prayers and see God move in mighty ways!
We worship a GREAT God! So thankful He has not hidden himself from us, but He is very much at hand! Praising God today for the work He has accomplished through our husbands. Praying that the Swazis would cling to the Lord, know He is faithful, trust him, honor him, and see Him glorified in their people! Nothing is impossible with our God!
Today we have lots of pictures for you to enjoy. The guys are continuing to work on Gogo Mavembela’s home. They started today off with devotions at her house. Please pray for her health today as she went to the doctor. The guys also went on a home visit yesterday so you will see pictures of that as well.
1 Chronicles 16:23-25
23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Tell of His salvation from day to day.
24 Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples!
25 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and He is to be held in awe above all gods.
How great is our God! Pray for His name to be made known and declared among the people in Nsoko and throughout Swaziland. Pray for the Holy Spirit to convict hearts and for the eyes of the blind to be opened! Praying for our husbands to depend on the Lord and be strengthened and renewed in Him today! Thankful for what He is doing in this place! “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us”
Today, the guys are working on building a house for a Gogo. This will be a one room house, but will provide the perfect shelter for her. Her house was made of mud and sticks and had so many leaks and holes throughout. This morning they got a big truck load of sand, and then unloaded it all so they could mix it with the concrete mixture for the house. We can’t wait to see the house completed.
63 1 “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. 2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. 3 Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.”
Our guys have been able to see literal dry land. Pray that God would send rain to Swaziland in this time of drought. How awesome it is to know that God is our “thirst” quencher! When we wake up He is right there waiting to talk to us! How incredible it is that our Father is waiting for us to earnestly seek him! Praying for our guys as they build the house for the Gogo. Pray that even while building this house, God would bring people their way who do not know him and that their hearts would be opened to the gospel!
The guys are having an absolute incredible trip! They have been able to be with the Spragg family everyday, which is a huge blessing!! Today, they were able to have worship with the AIM staff. They said it was amazing! Tomorrow they will be helping build a home for a Gogo (grandma). She is so thankful and overwhelmed with excitement!
Verses for today:
“Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.”
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12:
11 “To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power,
12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
What an encouragement to know that no matter where we are geographically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, we can call out to God and He hears our cries. I’m so glad that our HOPE is not in this world, it is in Jesus Christ!
Pray that Caleb, Matheney, Jeff, Corey, Evan, Stephen and Joseph, would be led by the Holy Spirit, changed by the Holy Spirit and experience great power in the Holy Spirit today, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in them. We are rejoicing, praying and thanking God daily for all that He is doing through them in this amazing country! Pray for continued strength, rest and pursuit of Jesus! “He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.”
One of our guys was able to share today for the blog!! Enjoy!
As we near the halfway point of our time in Swaziland I want to share a few personal reflections.
1. One people, two nations – Psalms 33:8 says “Let all the earth fear the Lord, let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.” It has been amazing to worship and experience life with another culture and people group. As Joseph spoke of on Saturday while meeting with the pastors we should not be living for our American culture or our Swazi culture but rather we should be living for a kingdom culture.
2. Eternal joy and standing despite circumstances – the Swazi people have great joy. What I love most are the smiles, laughs, and reactions to my poor attempts at SiSwati (their language). The average American would think with limited resources including food and water that there is nothing to be thankful for. The Swazi people do not share this poor outlook on circumstances. Their faith and standing with the Lord and his grace show as I have interacted with them during church, revival, and sports ministry.
3. Prayer – We have spent each morning in devotions talking about prayer and each man leads us day to day. Glossing over scripture from Matthew to Luke to James to Hebrews to Lamentations shows how vital prayer is to daily life. I have been so convicted as a man to offer myself to the Lord and allow the Spirit to lead and communicate in order that His name may be glorified.
4. The Spraggs – I am beyond thankful for the rich blessing this family is to the people of Swaziland. Their fear of the Lord and their desire to follow his every command is encouraging as a believer and a friend. They are loved by the community and it is certainly because they are showing the love of the gospel and of Christ to the people of Nsoko.
Please continue to pray for:
1.The people of Nsoko – Charity shared the people are expected to be expunged by 2050 because of disease, resources, and sin. To combat this pray for Godly men to lead the communities, for a biblical view / practice of sexuality, and for the people to know Jesus and the one, true, living God.
2.The Spraggs – God’s continued guidance and rich blessing on their ministry to the people of Nsoko and their children.
3.Our wives and families who carry on without us.
Here are some pictures from last night and today! Some pictures are a little blurry because it was so dark, but you can still enjoy!