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Hi everyone, just thought we would give you all a quick up date of whats happening with us over here in sunny South Africa…

The summer is almost here and so is Christmas, I still haven’t got my head around the hot Christmas deal, maybe one day I will get the hang of it 🙂

We have been busy packing up our cottage as it is time for us to find a more permanent place to live and set down some roots for a while. We are packing in faith, trusting that our Father has the perfect home for our family, somewhere nearer the area where we are ministering and meeting as a church. Another turn of events is we are putting our boys into school!!! For the past couple of years we have been homeschooling, but now that we are moving to the city and probably to an apartment we feel that the time is right to put the boys back into regular school. Jesse has a learning difficulty called dyspraxia and we believe that having him in a school environment will actually help him a lot with his learning and also give him the opportunity to excel at sports, which are his real passion.

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CHURCH- Durban City Campus is going so so well. We have a well grounded core group of people who are committed to seeing our congregation grow and flourish. We are committed to serving Marc and Nicole as they lead us as the Holy Spirit guides.

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We had our first One Future Foundation strategy meeting a couple of weeks ago and we are all so excited about the vision and the direction of the ministry. So much has been accomplished over the past couple of months, and we are all blown away by the goodness of God and the love and support that we have received from so many. Word is getting around and donations have been coming in, we are able to donate toiletries, food and toys for children.

These photos show the team of women who gather on Wednesdays to hand out donations and lunch parcels and some of the people who are benefiting on a regular basis.  This week companies helped pack up sandwiched etc and  we fed 250 needy people on the Durban water front. What an honor!!!

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We want to thank you for your continued prayers and support. Specific prayers requests at the moment are for a home for our family  and a school for the boys  which offers help for Jesse’s extra needs and maybe even a busary to help with fees (all schools require fees).

Our paperwork which we put in back in July is taking longer than predicted so prayers for a swift return of those would be great too.

If you would like to support us financially please visit our just giving page which is hosted by my parents church whom we love dearly 🙂 If you are a UK tax payer this will mean we also get a little bonus from the government 🙂 There is an option to give on a monthly basis, if you feel God is calling you to do this, I think this option is only available in the UK   www.justgiving.com/kingsroadchurch

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Kindness.

WOW what a week! Who would have thought that the United States of America would ever be as divided as they are this week? I still consider NYC to be my first real home so I’m feeling all the feels this week. Wednesday was an emotional one as I sat and watched the feed on Facebook. What I read broke my heart. The Homophobic and sexist remarks, the smugness of so many people who I thought I knew, the grace shown by those who voted Clinton, and those who just kept quiet knowing that the decision that they had made had genuinely been for the good of their families. We always teach our kids to not be bad losers, rarely do we teach them not to be bad winners. My prayer for America, my home, my friends/family is that Mr Trump is a strong and Godly leader, that he surrounds himself with the right men and women to help and guide him in the decisions that he has to make as President. Would I have voted for him? No. Will I pray for him and his party? You bet ya!

So as I started Wednesday with a some what heavy heart A little gray rain cloud following me around, just like a cartoon character, I realized just how badly every country on this beautiful planet of ours needs kindness and the love and grace of God.

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We went to the streets Wednesday morning as usual and fed 80 people. We desperately needed more lunches but only had 80 with us. It is exciting for us to see new faces every week. This week those new faces included a bunch of super cute kids.

Also this week a lady called Shoneeze and her husband joined us. They had seen my post a couple of weeks ago that told the story of Stacey.

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Shoneeze has known Stacey for years and desperately wanted to help her, so they joined us this week and drove the Durban Waterfront until they found Stacey. They pulled over and talked to her for a while, offering her a way off the streets through a rehabilitation home called Shiloh House. They took Stacey yesterday for an entrance interview and Shiloh House have decided to take Stacey in and care for her. They will take her though detox and then on through rehabilitation!! What an incredible result for Stacey. Her life is about to be radically changed because of the KINDNESS of a couple who knew her a few years ago.

KINDNESS. How does that look? How do we show kindness to others? How do we show kindness to ourselves?  In a world of so much division and hurt, how do we be kind? It’s not a trick question, it’s not hard.  Do unto others as you would have done unto you. Treat others how you like to be treated. Talk to others how you like to be talked to. Be kind to those who are unkind to you. Respond with kind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What I’ve had to deal with today. Meghan (in black) is pregnant and Precious (in gray) lost her baby. I’ve know Meg for a few weeks and she figured out this week that she is around 4 months pregnant.
I’ve known Precious for 9 years and last year she placed her baby boy into care, he was 2 at the time and very sick. He was placed into a children’s home and was getting the care that he needed, Precious made such a brave and selfless decision to put Lindo into care and I walked the path with her. I saw her pain. I felt it. 

Today she told me that Lindo had passed away when the home he was placed into burnt to the ground. 

My heart aches. I literally have no words. She stood silently as tears rolled down her cheeks. 

I’m home now and I’m sad and frustrated. 

I’m frustrated that we can not find a home in town that we can afford. I’m frustrated that we are not as affective as we could be. And I’m frustrated that our lack of funding is the reason for this. 

We need to be there for our people. And we can’t be. This is so painful for us. 

Please pray for provision for our family so that we can really do what we are supposed to be doing. 

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