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September 2013 – Brenda Johnston

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“Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel.” Proverbs 27.9

I am often asked what it is I miss most about living in the USA.  My answer is always my relationships there.  Having Lea, Kathy, Ron and Susan all here for the past weeks has been a gift from God.  The Lord wants us in relationship with Him and with each other.  Feeling like I can breathe again, I am revitalized for the months ahead.  I love my family and colleagues here in Namibia and am grateful that God has sent me a piece of “home” through my friends.  It will be a long while yet before the children and I return to the USA to reconnect with everyone so this gift has lightened my soul. Thank you as you continue to remember us, pray for us and support us.  Read the rest of this entry

August 2013 – Brenda Johnston

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May God’s Will be done!  We so often say this phrase and from time to time I ask myself do I truly wait on Him to be sure that His will is being done.  We are on a cusp of change in the ministry and most days are not sure from day to day what will come next.  However, God is faithful and if He doesn’t speak to all of us at the same time indeed He speaks.  My family and I thank you that you continue to support us in prayer, finances and love.  After 14.5 years of serving God in Namibia, I know without a doubt that I could not do it without you. May He rain blessing on you. Read the rest of this entry

July 2013 – Brenda Johnston

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Change – An approach of transitioning individuals, teams and organizations into a future desired state.  10 years into CoPMN it may be that change is on the horizon.  Isaiah 7.3b tells us that God told Isaiah to say, “Be careful, keep calm, and don’t be afraid”.   What better way to face change than with those “marching orders”.  With patience, endurance and perseverance we will move forward.  I am encouraged daily with the knowledge that I am loved by God and that He has given me a “cloud of witnesses” as my family, friends and ministry partners!  No matter the geographic distance my heart and soul is close to those I love.  Thank you for your love, prayers and support!! Read the rest of this entry

June 2013 – Brenda Johnston

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Last night I sat up listening to the noise of hopelessness in our small community of 6000.  As one of two pay day weekends this month, the streets were full of music, broken bottles, racing cars, arguments, unrest.  Sleeplessness did not come from the noise but from the sense of despair that surrounds us – not necessarily a phenomenon of Arandis alone.  A combination of poverty and alcohol breed despair. I could do nothing more or less than pray.  Satan hates us to persevere in prayer and thus we must continue without ceasing.  Personally, I find these end of the month weekends that turn into a week more difficult to cope with as the years go on.  Challenged constantly to consider what is best for the children God has entrusted to me, I have to ask where, when, how. “if anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides , so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” 1Peter4.11b As we serve together in this ministry to God’s children may we do it all in His strength.  Thank you for your commitment in prayer, love and finances. Read the rest of this entry

May 2013 – Brenda Johnston

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It is already April 28, 2013 and I am just now sitting down to write the May newsletter.  Since January of this year my 1050 sq. ft house has become a home for 10 of us!  “Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, that you have brought me this far.” 2Samuel 7.18 God continues to care for our every need.  Reflecting on how my numbers have grown and yet my income as remained the same, I am convinced that it is only through His Grace.  By October 2002, God made it clear to me that he would make a plan.  Daniel is trying to start a business, Vuola is looking for employment, Francina is studying and is researching an “au pair” position in the USA, Victoria is caring for Mickayla while dreaming of the law degree she wants to start at UNAM in 2014.  Janis has just about reached his max potential at TKCA and a plan for his future is yet to be revealed.  Sfefanus is growing and needs help and Hailey is excelling.  Valerie, is in the final stage of her journey on earth and is bitter and miserable about life!  What is the plan, Lord?  I crossed the Jordan alone and now I have many! Thank you for praying with us and for supporting us as we remain faithful to God’s call. Read the rest of this entry

April 2013 – Brenda Johnston

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On Facebook, I read the following. Maybe others of you saw it. “Always we hear the cry from teenagers saying what can we do where can we go?” The answer given by Northland College Principal, John Tapene is: “ Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, learn your lessons and when you are done read a book. Your town does not owe you recreational facilities and your parents do not owe you fun. The world does not owe you a living you owe the world something. “ CoPMN is surrounded by teenagers wanting us to make their life happen. Of course, we cannot. God designed us each with a purpose and it is up to each of us to allow God room in our life that we (God and I) can make it happen. “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “ plans to prosper you and to to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29.11 As an organization with a mission to transform lives of orphans and vulnerable children through the promises of God it is a God size challenge to get our teenagers to realize that they are part of a great Kingdom – God’s Kingdom. The world and all the material things that come with it can make it difficult to trust God to fulfill His purpose. We have a slew of teenagers and we need constant prayer that the lives of these children will be transformed by God’s word. I know there are hundreds of prayers being said daily on behalf of our children and for this we are grateful. Your role in this ministry is vital to God completing His plan. Thank you for your faithfulness! Read the rest of this entry

March 2013 – Brenda Johnston

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“..that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.” Matthew 6.3-4. I continue to be humbled by God’s care and love for not only me but for all those around me. My extended African family continues to grow. Recently, Victoria, who I have known since she was five (The Ark) asked me why I am helping. I thought to myself, why wouldn’t I? God continues to bring more and more children into my realm of mentoring, supporting emotionally, and assisting financially. Aside from Toivo being educated in the states, Francina is pursuing a degree in Business Management and Victoria is pursuing a law degree. Of course, more children will be following – Salome a good example. Encouraged to see a number of young adults studying despite the challenges they have encountered in life gives me hope. Hope that there can be a generation of youth who know the Lord, reaching out to give back to the world which fed into them. Read the rest of this entry

February 2013 – Brenda Johnston

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“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him”. Psalm 62.5

A few years ago, my family shared some time in the life of Jonathan. Jonathan was eventually placed in a foster home as his Mom succumbed to alcohol addiction. The young mother died towards the end of January, 2013. As I reflected on her life and the time that I had to share in her life, I was reminded again of how hopeless life can seem. When I first met this young mother she was a professional with a very good job as a personal assistant. What happened? What takes one from the pinnacle of success to the depths of despair. I do not know nor do I understand. I spent considerable time with her as it was my heart’s desire that she would be the mother that Jonathan deserved. In Arandis, we are engulfed in a sea of poverty, despair, hopelessness which results in alcohol, drug and sex abuse. The paramount question is: are we making a difference? Will our children be able to recognize the difference between God’s expectation and that of the world.
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January 2013 – Brenda Johnston

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“for you know very well that the day of Lord will come like a thief in the night”1Thess 5.2

Our Christmas Day was spent at a pool by the ocean with friends and family.  As the day progressed the area became packed till in the end there were probably 1000 people there.  Children generally were sent off to play while the adults were busy entertaining themselves. As I was walking around I was hit with the cold reality of our life here in Namibia.  The child has so little value and the desires of the parents are paramount.  A child has no boundaries, responsibilities or chance to give or receive love.  Our children long to be delighted in – to be the center of attention if just for a bit. I was saddened by what I saw in such great numbers around me.  Our days from birth to death are numbered.  Am I doing all I can to fulfill the will that God designed for me?  Can I help one more child?  My family welcomed three more young people into our home for the holidays.  Each of these young women who have been orphaned or abandoned (over and over) – their young heart yearns for attention. Lord, help us help our children to understand that it is through your perfect love that our hearts can become whole. May our days be used to serve you! Read the rest of this entry

December 2012 – Brenda Johnston

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This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.  And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.” 1John3.16

We have each laid down our lives for the children of Namibia whether by going, giving or praying. Recently, someone asked me how I got to Namibia and as I recounted the story I was reminded of God’s call on my life.  And then because of the call on my life to “go”, your life has been affected to participate with finances, prayer and service.  Each part of the body is equally important.  I remain humbled and grateful for the love, trust and sacrifice that engulfs me and all those we serve. I know that we cannot out give God and that He knows the heart of each giver.  “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 2Corinthians9.11.  I thank God for you and pray an abundance of blessings on your life as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  Read the rest of this entry