Namibia is Calling

The next EMIT visit to Namibia will take place July 2018.  My plan is to attend both the Empowering Women training and the Pastoral training institutes.

In James chapter 4 v 13 - 15, the Apostle Paul said:    " Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

The Lord has blessed me with the ministry in which I am participating. I have met many wonderful people and have made many new friends in East Africa and Namibia.

As South Africa and Namibia are neighbours, it takes a 2 hour flight to reach Windhoek from Cape Town. The sleep-liner bus trip takes about 20 hours to cover the distance, and is somewhat cheaper than flying. I also need to plan for the return trip.

"If it's the Lord's will..." I believe this is the will of God for my life, in this season. There have been many extreme sacrifices, loss and emotional upheaval to contend with, but I know the Lord has been with me every step of the way. (You can read about the Call I received from the Lord as a teen, elsewhere on this page).

If you are able to support this trip financially, please see the "Volunteer requirements" post in the right-hand column, to find out how you can assist.

Thank you so much.

Knitting for Charity

Recently, I became aware of a wonderful charity known as Bless-a-Baby.  The wonderful people at this charity collect and distribute baby clothes and toiletries to mother from poor communities.

Working in conjunction with local hospitals and clinics, new Moms receive a beautiful bag filled with clothing, nappies, blankets and toiletries for her newborn.  Mom also receives a gift of toiletries.

As I love knitting and spend most of my free time doing so, I have decided to contribute to this wonderful charity.  The photos show some of the products which I have already delivered.

Donations of Double Knit and 4 Ply yarn will be greatly appreciated.  3x 50g balls is enough to make a set, as seen in the photos.  Even incomplete balls of yarn can be used to knit bootees and for stripes in blankets.

Any good condition, 2nd hand baby clothes (sizes Newborn to 6 months) will be well used by the babies.  You are welcome to contact me should you have such items to donate.  I have committed to knit a cardigan to match items of clothing donated via myself.

Please visit their website for more information   www.blessababy.co.za



Widows


Since becoming a widow in 2014, I have come to understand the widow's plight.  This sudden change in lifestyle is very distressing and results in many emotional dips.  Loneliness slips in as the widow receives less and less invitations for social interaction.  Life goes on, one's family and friends are busy living their lives, and the widow faces a daunting future. Often she feels rejected or forgotten.


This has led me to reach out to widows in my neighbourhood.  In May 2018, we held our first morning tea.  Seven ladies attended and another 4 plan to join us next month.  What a wonderful time was spent over a cuppa, as we shared our own experiences, encouraged each other and discussed future get-togethers.
We are planning to meet for a social once a month.  Outings for lunch, sight-seeing and so on, will also be planned.  The ladies have also been encouraged to support each other and meet in two and threes so as to get to know each other better and become firm friends.

Outlook for 2018


The year has already brought many changes.  A botched tooth extraction and following shortly thereafter, the death my be beloved cousin Edward Gale brought a challenging start to 2018.  Recently, my son and his young family relocated to the United Kingdom, to take on an wonderful employment opportunity.  The Lord has seen their faithfulness in serving and giving and has now rewarded them in return.


During July 2018, I hope to attend the EMIT training conferences in Namibia.

Please pray for:
* The Church in Namibia.   There is an amazing work of God happening in this African country and it is good to hear the testimonies and to meet the people who served and love the Lord with all their hearts.
* For opportunities in which I can be a blessing.
* My health.  Living/travelling with Type 2 Diabetes has it's challenges.
* Financial provision.  As a volunteer, I am required to raise the necessary financial support to cover my expenses.  The Lord has graciously supplied in the past and I believe He will do so in the future.

A sincere word of thanks to those who have been faithful in supporting me in this ministry both in prayer and financially.

Table Mountain

My children blessed me with a trip up the cable car on Table Mountain.  Many years have passed since I was last up there.
The cable car was filled with many people speaking foreign languages.  On the return trip, there were only 2 ladies speaking English, who were from the UK.  I felt like a stranger in my own country!!

Spending time with my children and grandchildren is a honour and privilege.  So many families are scattered throughout the earth.  The little ones are growing well and are happy and healthy.  The Lord is opening many doors for my family and we are so blessed that He is faithful towards us.

Namibia


Namibia is a country that one can’t help but love. From the vast expanse of scenery to the amazing heart of it’s people.  It is my heart’s desire to one day travel the width and breath of the country to experience it’s “vibe” and meet people of it’s various cultures.  For now, it’s the southern half of the country that has crept into my heart.

I am looking forward to 2018 and all it offers with regards to the EMIT vision.  My task will remain much the same, i.e., keeping the Student database updated.  Interacting with each Student is such a blessing and therefore, I hope to attend the institutes again during the year ahead.  

East Africa


What a busy year which has just passed.  My late mother always said that the older you get, the shorter the days are and the quicker the years fly passed.  Back then, I did not understand this.  Monday morning meant a whole week of school had to go by before one could again enjoy what the next weekend had to offer.  And goodness, did time drag by.  But now, I do understand what Mother was saying and fully agree with her opinion on the matter.

Unfortunately, I was unable to travel to East Africa during 2017.  However, I did continue with the admin work for the 3 countries.  We saw a number of Pastors graduate after 4 years of training.  Graduation is always a wonderful time of celebration.  For the Staff and Volunteers, it is always a joy to stand on the side-lines and experience the atmosphere created by the celebrations.  To God be the glory.

As a Volunteer at EMIT, I have been blessed to participate in the training of these Pastors.  The knowledge the subjects provide, equips these men and women to continue the work of the Lord successfully.  Many entered the program feeling defeated and discouraged. Four years later, they leave with a spring in their step and an anointed determination.

Over the past 2 years, EMIT have begun a program to empower the women of Africa.  Subjects include Entrepreneurship, Computer skills, Trauma etc.  Women from all walks of life are invited to participate in the course, including amongst others, politicians, educators, business women and the lady who sells vegetables on the street corner..  A sense of anticipation is experienced at the training institutes.  Many women have never had to opportunity to attend such training. 
In keeping with the Lord’s plan for my life, I will no longer be directly involved in the work of EMIT in East Africa.  Naturally, my emotions are somewhat mixed.  I met many wonderful people in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.  Many of these folk are now FaceBook friends, so we will remain in contact. 

It has been an honour to serve the Lord’s people in these countries.  However, it is now time to move into the next season that the Lord has planned.  Thank you to each one for your friendship, advise, guidance, laughter, and acceptance. 
I will continue to pray for you all
God bless.

New Year 2017

Here in Cape Town, we have entered the New Year with strict water restrictions due to the ongoing drought.  Our supply dams are at less than 30% capacity, which a very serious situation.  Please pray for rain.

It is all systems go for 2017 and the mission work I am involved in.  AFMIN has undergone some changes, which includes a name change.  Now known as EMIT based on the fragrance of the Lord that we emit.
Although I shall continue doing volunteer clerical work for my project leader, I possibly will not be travelling to East Africa as much as in the past, due to various restraints.  These include health issues and also financial challenges.  Not only do I need to provide my own travel expenses, but I also need to provide for myself on a day-to-day basis, both in the field and here at home.  Past support is greatly appreciated.  However, due to the economic situation in our country, sponsorships are not easy to obtain, and therefore I need to look at other forms of income. 

Recently, I was reading about Daniel  (in chapter 10).  Daniel had had a bad dream and was very perturbed by it.  For 21 days he fasted and prayed. Then the angel of the Lord came to him and said that the Prince of Persia  (an evil spirit) had delayed him….  I could relate to this as although I pray earnestly, I do not receive the answer I need.

Family news:
Baby Eva Rose joined our family in August last year.  I lovely little girl, who is very people conscious and smiles a lot.  She is all eyes for big brother Cullen.  I am blessed with these 2 little people in my life.

My daughter, Roelene is leaving the nest.  She has been offered a teaching post in the Far East and leaves in a few weeks.  This is quite an adventure and I send her with my blessing.  I am looking forward to following her adventure via photos and social media.
Thank you for your prayers and support.  May the Lord bless you all.

 

Preparing for Graduation

Suddenly, we find ourselves in the 2nd half of 2016.  But it is not time to start winding down to the end of the year.  Quite the opposite.  Here at AFMIN, we are busy with Schools in all the countries and the highlight of the year – the graduation ceremony.  Students who have successfully completed there 4 years of studies, covering 37 subjects and  trained up at least 10 other church leaders qualify for graduation.  It is a time of pomp and ceremony.  Family and friends gather and the students, dressed in their graduation attire, enter the auditorium.  Each graduate is presented with his diploma, together with certificates for the 10 people he/she has trained during the 4 years. 

With these ceremonies in mind, there is a vast amount of admin work required.  Through the 4 years, the students’ progress is individually monitored, checked and audited.  Correct spelling of names for diplomas and certificates is crucial.  Once this information is finalized, the information is sent to head office for checking and printing of diplomas and certificates.

I am directly involved in the monitoring of Students’ progress.  Data capturing and producing updated reports is essential, albeit time consuming.   Currently, we are preparing for 3 graduations in our geographic areas of ministry, namely Uganda (September), Namibia (October) and Kenya (November).

 

Winter 2016


In August 2016, our family welcomed Eva Rose..my beautiful granddaughter.  Birth is a miracle and we are honoured that the Lord has sent this little girl into our lives to bring joy.  Together with big brother Cullen, this is one proud Granny!!