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Brenda Johnston – October 2017

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Realizing this morning that not much has changed since I came to Namibia 18 years ago.  No surprise, I guess, that just like everywhere in the world cycles of destruction continue unless broken in the name of Jesus!  Just last week a new born was found at the sewage plant, cut up and disposed right here in this small town where we live.  Though everyone wants to have babies, the caring for babies once they are born is another story.  Thus, the start of CoPMN back in 2003.  A core piece of our mission is to stand in the gap for the children who have no voice.  For me the good news is that each young adult who has been a part of CoPMN over the years who has given birth is taking care of their children.  In a culture where children have little to no value (generally speaking) the fact that these young women are taking responsibility is a success in my book.  Jeremiah 1.5 confirms that God has knowledge of each and every one of us before we are even a thought in our mother’s minds.  Lord, help us to help the children who cross our path to realize their value as sons and daughters of the King. Read the rest of this entry

Brenda Johnston – September 2017

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And the tide continues to change….Personally, a big change is that my personal funding no longer has an organization/church processing it.  I believe I have reached everyone who is a personal financial partner with this information.  Ministry support will continue through His Promise Ministries, 1401 Saratoga St, Deland, Florida 32724.  Amazed at my calmness with all the change, I remain dedicated to trusting God.  His plans have always proved much better than mine!  Please be aware that my personal support team should no longer send their support through Grace Community Church.  I have made a conscience decision not to join another sending organization.  The children and I will return to the USA by Spring 2019.  In the meantime, I will begin with my social security and trust my God who has been so faithful!  Thank you for remaining a faithful partner throughout the years.  The only way for me to receive personal funding from this time forward is through a gift in my personal bank account without a tax receipt.  Contact me through email (bgaylejohnst@msn.com) with any questions or concerns. Read the rest of this entry

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