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Brenda Johnston – August 2017

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Lots of decisions on our plate and as a result lots of thoughts going through my mind.  I would be relieved to know that we have a school for Hailey to enter in 2019.  Eastern Pennsylvania is still our target destination. So far, we do not have an open door. My work permit is currently only stamped into my passport until November 2017.  The other 18 months are reliant on my receiving a letter confirming CoPMN legitimacy from Ministry of Gender Equality (questionable how that will go). Additionally, the financial situation of TKCA is dire and we are challenged currently to make our budget.  The unknowns always seem to outnumber the knowns but, of course, that is a part of life.

My family needs prayer and the TKCA future needs prayer.  We are dependent on you to pray with us for God to reveal to us His perfect plan.  Thank you for your faithfulness! Read the rest of this entry

Brenda Johnston – July 2017

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God gave me an incredible gift during the month of June.  At church, here in Namibia, I was reunited with the husband of a college roommate  with whom contact had been lost over the years.  My friend died in 2010 of cancer and this was the first time I had seen any of her family.  This was such a gift as George and I reminisced while crying and laughing together.  We had been friends for over 30 years when circumstances brought our communication to a standstill.  I have often reflected on those circumstances and have always been sad about missing all these years together.  God’s love for each of His children was so manifested to me in the opportunity He gave me to “run into George”!  George and Linda were my friends who brought me to Namibia for the first time in 1998.  “Grace to all who  love our Lord, Jesus Christ, with an undying love.” Ephesians 6.24  God’s grace was received and appreciated by this His servant.  Thank you Lord for your undying love for each of your children! Read the rest of this entry

Brenda Johnston – May 2017

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For whatever reason this month I came face to face with my own mortality.  Maybe because I was facing surgery, I began to contemplate what will happen to “my children” when I die.  God granting the time, we will plan so that everyone knows where the next step of the journey will take them.  However, God’s time is His time!   Becoming acutely aware of the barrenness surrounding us physically and spiritually, I once again began to focus on the future.  The thought of moving 3 children and myself from one continent to another had me reminding myself to breath!   I mentioned a 30- month plan before and will have to keep myself focused to fulfill it!  Despite all my own plans, feelings and thought processes the reality is that I know I must walk the talk!  As Hebrews 12. 2 reminds me, I must fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith, who for the joy set before him, endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Praise God for His love and faithfulness to His children and Praise God for you and your faithfulness to us!! Read the rest of this entry

Brenda Johnston – April 2017

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Though my body is physically in Arandis, Namibia my heart, mind and soul keep wondering away.  I keep rewinding the words of Stella who said, “get your children out of here!”  She was speaking specifically of Arandis.  Hailey is in her last year at TKCA with our school year ending in November.   There is no doubt that I am looking for opportunity for our next step.  This month I have considered the option of moving to Swakopmund.  Many things to consider though especially since the boys’ work is at TKCA which is in Arandis and, of course, TKCA is my main responsibility.  None the less, I am putting all possibilities into the mix!  My heart insists that I find an option for the children that will allow them to grow and not become stagnant.  With nothing to do in Arandis except work or school (both important considerations) our life is void of extra-curricular activities that assist the children to grow.  God has taken care of the details through the years and I remain committed to waiting on Him.  Thank you for praying with me that I will be ever mindful of God’s direction for me, waiting patiently rather than rushing forward!  Read the rest of this entry

Brenda Johnston – March 2017

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Namibian Education results for 2016 have been tallied and the indication is that the fail rate continues to be above 50% of all students!  Keeping that statistic in mind, be aware that a pass mark is only 40%!  The Namibian government has been forced to make excessive budget cuts including in education which means 2017 will be short even more teachers!!  How difficult it is for our children to receive a quality education.  Though there are private schools available most of them are beyond the financial ability of the masses.  The role that CoPMN plays through TKCA is vital.  Thank you for being such a critical partner in this ministry to God’s children of Namibia.  Despite the daily challenges, we face we are grateful to God for His perfect plan and faith-fulness.  Thank you for assisting us to be God’s hands and feet!! Read the rest of this entry

Brenda Johnston – February 2017

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Since my last writing, an 18-year-old was murdered in Arandis and a new born baby was left under a tree in a plastic bag.  A death alone and a new life alone!  Both these incidents saddened my heart.  We live in a world of such despair and hopelessness.  As I discussed with Stella about my life since arriving in Namibia, there were many facts of life that did revolve around despair.  I am grateful to God, that I have survived, not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually through these 17 years.  Recounting some of my experiences since coming to Namibia, reminded me once again of how different my world is on this continent!  I know, without a doubt, the prayers of many around the world have sustained me as God honored those prayers.  Thank you for riding this journey to the end with me.  It is always an adventure!! Read the rest of this entry

Brenda Johnston – January 2017

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See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43.19.  First and foremost, I send you greetings for a God filled 2017!  I am ever humbled and amazed by His grace and miraculous hand that is shown each day.  Many times, during the month of December, God made himself known clearly in my life.  I am so grateful that I do not have to walk this journey alone.  Without the Lord to guide me I am not sure how I would keep going.  Together we have been impacting lives for years!  As we face this new year, may our courage and commitment remain intact!

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Brenda Johnston – December 2016

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As I was writing my prayer calendar, I was hit with the realization, once again, that for 17 years my family and I have been dependent on God and those who he has burdened to support us financially.  Overwhelmed with gratitude, I give God the glory, and you the thanks for remaining faithful for so many years.  Remembering my first conversations with God when He asked me to leave my life in corporate America when I insisted that I was not going to beg for money, I am humbled as I say I never had to ask.  Through your sacrificial giving, monthly, my family and I continue to serve in Namibia.  Do you ever wonder how much longer we can continue?  I certainly do!  Unable to work legally for any kind of financial gain here in Namibia keeps my head and heart grounded.  Thank you for another year of loyalty, devotion, and partnership with my family.   Janis, Stefanus, Hailey, Sannetjie, and I, as well as many unnamed, send you a heart-felt thanks and wishes for a Blessed, Joyous Christmas Season!  Because of Him, we are one! Read the rest of this entry

Brenda Johnston – November 2016

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A wise friend said to me this month that she asks God what she is missing that He keeps allowing the same challenging situations to arise in her life!  God’s timing is perfect and this comment has stuck in my mind as I ask God what is it that I need to change, Lord?  This is something we have probably heard many times over in our life and now is the time that I needed to hear it again.  As I write, the Spirit is speaking to my heart and suggesting that I be content regardless of my circumstances.  The grass always looks greener on the “other side” but of course, we know that isn’t true.   A life in the Namib Desert is not easy however a life on “Main Street, USA” is not always easy either.  It is my heart’s desire to find contentment regardless of my physical location.  I have a tendency to feel sorry for myself that God has had me on the mission field for so long.  As of now, I am taking a deep breath and allowing God to fill me with a sense of trust that my wellbeing rests in His hands.  I am continually overwhelmed and humbled that each of you are God’s hands, feet and mouth in my life as you ride out this journey with me.  Thank you for remaining faithful and obedient as my work here depends on your work from there!  God is good! All the time!! Read the rest of this entry

Brenda Johnston – September 2016

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Sannetjie has had a heightened interest in tracking down her birth family.  She has a life book that includes a lot of her background which we read through together.  She and Annetjie were pulled out of a mire of complete hopelessness by God’s grace.  Yes, their circumstances were traumatic and have left a scar but after we read what happened to the other 3 older siblings, I was reminded that they were not left but instead that they were saved. We talked about why God chose to save Annetjie and Sannetjie and that He has a purpose for every human being on this earth.  Then a couple of days later a young friend on Facebook was speaking of the song “Here I am Lord”.  Though God used this song back in 1999 when He was asking my heart to say, “yes, Lord”, I seemed to hear the words with a different heart.  What stood out to me was that He would do all the work.  All He needed was a willing set of hands and feet to go.  Looking back over 16.5 years of children passing my threshold, I am grateful to God that He is doing the saving and I am only the conduit.  Just like Sannetjie and I discussed why were they “saved” while 3 other siblings have suffered tremendously through life and I say, why me, Lord and yet with the same breath say “why not me.”  Praise God for His perfect plan!  Thank you for being part of it!! Read the rest of this entry