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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

Brenda Johnston – June 2016

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The last 6 weeks have been God’s gift to me.  Though our time has been short we have been able to have quality time with family, friends and ministry partners.  Personally, it has been a short season of rejuvenation.  My life in the desert is not only physical but also spiritual and from time to time emotional.  To be “home” amongst those who share a history with me gives me an opportunity of refreshment.  My children are loved on and given opportunities they will never have in Namibia.  I praise God for family, friends, ministry partners and the lushness of SPRING!!  Your generous heart supporting my family is what has allowed us this taste of grace.  Thank you for remaining faithful to God and faithful to me!! Read the rest of this entry

Brenda Johnston – May 2016

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may2016Despite a long journey to the USA, I found myself refreshed almost immediately.  The newness of Spring brought a peace to my heart.   Regardless of the struggles the USA is currently facing, I miss my country of birth.  I am so grateful to God, for His care for my family and me as we are able to experience His world in Namibia and in the USA.  My children and I so enjoy the love rained over us here and we are so grateful for the multitude of people who love us. I thank God for you each day and for your faithfulness to His ministry in Namibia through CoPMN and to me personally!  Thank you! Read the rest of this entry

Brenda Johnston – March 2016

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Being my own most critical critic can make life seem a bit overwhelming from time to time. I must constantly remind myself that this life is not about me and it is not about my comfort. This life is about Him and it is in Him that I want to walk each day. I praise God that He infused me with an eternal hope that wipes away all fear. Even in my failure, I know that I am forgiven by Him and once I forgive myself I can move forward in His grace and mercy. Wanting to be transparent even in my failures, challenges me to face the uncomfortable. I don’t know that I will ever understand in this lifetime what this journey to Namibia is about. That said, I do know it is one that God brought me on and I know that it is He that also brings you along! Thank you for continuing in faithfulness to me, my family and the ministry. Have a March full of His wonder! Read the rest of this entry

Brenda Johnston – February 2016

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As each day passes, I feel less and less equipped to be a parent. We all know that God took me out of my comfort zone a long time ago but now training up four teenagers, I feel completely inept. Each day is a new challenge. I want so desperately to instill in each child – the love of Jesus, their worth as an individual, and a self-desire to be the best they can be. What can I do to instill godly character into my children? Whew. I seek God’s direction daily as the outside world can surely “suck it out” of us. Our environment is self contained with little exposure to the world and yet our children are expected to compete in a world economy. Thank you for continued prayers and financial support for my family and for the ministry! God is ever faithful and on that I will stand my ground! Read the rest of this entry

Brenda Johnston – January 2016

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brendafamily2016And year 17 starts for me in Namibia, Africa! My heart especially follows so many of my friends via Facebook watching their careers manifest and their children grow. I am not saying that the grass looks greener just recognizing that from time to time I miss my life as it once was. That said, the Lord, has blessed me abundantly on many fronts since asking me to make Him a priority. The hardest thing for me is to be so far away when friends and family are going through hard times. Hearing of births and deaths, life threatening illnesses, weddings and celebrations from a distance leave a bit of longing in my heart. My children and I are grateful that we will be back in the states for a few weeks in April and May. One of my nieces is getting married and I decided I wanted my family to be part of the bigger family celebration! Praise God that through His grace we can do it! Our continued service in Namibia is reliant on your continued service through prayer and finances. Many have been with me since year number 1 and I praise God for you!! Read the rest of this entry

Brenda Johnston – December 2015

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As I said good-bye to one of my students who has to change schools again next year, I was reminded again, that not much has changed in the past 16 years. Our children of Namibia still have no voice! This 4th grader, whose mom is in the army living in barracks, is moved almost on an annual basis from one relative to the next. Her young heart was crying and my soul was crying for her and all the children who lack something as basic as stability in a home – a worldwide problem, I realize, but as I often say, not usually part of my world.   That said, it has been part of my world since my arrival in Namibia. Another one of the children in my class lost his grandfather and his heart was breaking. Few will talk to a child about death and as he broke down in class one day, I realized that he needed to share his feelings. Our children of this country are voiceless and valueless or so it seems. Thank God for His message to them through TKCA staff and daily living that we are all created as “somebody” and we have to remain strong in Him to prevent the world from telling us otherwise. To God be the glory for each child that comes across our path! Thank you for remembering His children in Namibia and thank you for remembering me! We are humbled by the God Almighty who came to this earth as a babe and left this earth as a man scorned, buried and raised to reign forever and ever!! Amen! Read the rest of this entry