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Brenda Johnston – April 2015

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“No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me, “ declares the Lord. Isaiah 54.17 A dear friend and the President of His Promise Ministries sent me these verses as I faced a denial of my work permit and a command to leave the country. This verse had a profound effect on me as I continued to overturn each stone that might assist me with my dilemma. Of course, my first and foremost thought was about the four children who live me. God rounded up the wagons and churches around the world were praying for God’s will to be done. Exactly one week from when I received the news of my denial, I received a phone call from Home Affairs telling me that they found my file and that in the file was an approval for a two year work permit – effective date – March 2015!! Nothing short of a miracle since I had submitted my request a year ago and assumed I would have used up the first year already! All of the orchestration could have only been done by God! Praise and Glory to Him! The whole “ordeal” also gave me peace spiritually and emotionally as I realized I am in the middle of God’s will and that place and that place alone is “home”. My concerns about returning and being here in Namibia have dissipated! Once again I was reminded just how much I depend on God – on His Will being done in my life. God is not finished with using me in His work through Children of Promise Ministries Namibia and Talitha Kumi Christian Academy. Thank you for remaining faithful and active part of God’s team serving His children of Namibia! Read the rest of this entry

Brenda Johnston – March 2015

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“By you I have been upheld from birth…..my praise shall be continually of You.” Ps. 71.6 Returning to Namibia the beginning of February was more difficult for me than it has been in years. Our physical journey was uneventful and covered by God but my soul longed to remain in the USA. This sense of “are you sure, Lord” reminded me of my days in late 1999 and early 2000 when God originally spoke to me. By the Grace of God we attended SHOFAR, a church in Swakopmund, our first Sunday back. The Lord used the message that morning focused on service and mission to speak to my heart. He used the congregants to pray with me and over me. Needing an adjustment of spirit, I found that morning a gift from God. Indeed, He has upheld me and all of us from birth! The praise and glory is His for His faithfulness and unending love. Read the rest of this entry

Brenda Johnston – February 2015

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“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
James 1.17

brenda-family-jan-2015I am so encouraged by God’s love and grace in my life. Though our two months in the USA have been full of travel, meetings, and sharing God has filled my spiritual and emotional bucket to a level of full! Grateful to be part of an international team of folks who love God, serve daily, and encourage others to do the same, I am more than blessed! It is difficult to adjust mentally and emotionally to our impending return to Namibia but I know that God will see us through! We are blessed as a family and blessed as a ministry and we praise God for that! Read the rest of this entry

Brenda Johnston – January 2015

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Being at my Mom & Dad’s house, I have had to go through some files that have my name on them. It turns out that my mother kept the majority of my correspondence with them since I left for Africa. There is way too much to read all of it in my short time here but what it has done is confirm yet again that God has a plan and he has unfolded it faithfully through the years. I am humbled by His love for me and the way He has manifested himself in my life throughout this season in Africa. From my arrival in Okahandja in January 2000, Janis and Stefanus have been an integral part of my life – and now look where this journey has taken us! As I look through the years, I see God’s promise spoken to me through Jeremiah 29.11 –“For surely I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to proper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Praise God and Hallelujah for your faithfulness and commitment to this ,His work in Namibia, for 16 years!! Happy New Year! Read the rest of this entry

Brenda Johnston – December 2014

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Today is Thanksgiving in the USA. The day to remember that all thanks be to God for His abundance care for us as a nation. Though we do not celebrate Thanksgiving Day in Namibia we do recognize that God is the provider. He has continued to care for this ministry for 13 years. We are grateful to our partners around the world who continue to share a vision of assisting OVC’s of Namibia to become equipped, contributing adults. Through family, education and emotional healing God is using you to touch His children. Thank you!   Our needs are great for 2014 but no needs are too big for God. We are resting on the knowledge that when we remain in His will, He will take care of the details. We praise God for you, your loyalty, and your generosity. Read the rest of this entry

November 2014 – Brenda Johnston

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November is a month of thanksgiving in the USA and I wish you all a bountiful “harvest” as we thank God for His provision and love. God certainly continues to provide for me in a miraculous way through you. My account hits bottom and then the next thing I hear there is money to support me for yet another month. Over these past 15 years I have learned an incredible amount about trust and dependency. God took me out of a situation where I was independent and able to “take care of myself” and took me to a place of complete reliance on Him through His people. I will never be able to adequately express my appreciation for your trust in me and your faithful partnership. How were we to know, that what I thought was a one year commitment to service would turn into 15 years +!! Thank you!  May your fields be full of His blessings. Read the rest of this entry

October 2014 – Brenda Johnston

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“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his servants.” Psalm 116.15

Alice Johnston 2012Life is a journey and of course we never know when our journey will come to a close. My mother, Alice Johnston, went to her eternal home on September 16, 2014. She lived 91 years with 89 of them being full of love, service and joy. She crossed over with peace by just taking a last breath. I did not return to the states for her Celebration of Life as the children and I are booked to come in December. I am grateful for “my team” which lent support even across an ocean.   My mother’s legacy lives on in her children! Praise God that He has overcome death! Read the rest of this entry

September 2014 – Brenda Johnston

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I was driving home one day and I came across 8 children each with a kite in their hand. Their kite was a plastic bag with a string tied around one of the handles. Running up and down the dirt street the kites were filling with air and flying well. On another day after school closed I was the one handing out report cards. I was humbled as one family after another came in with more than one child in tow as well as the one TKCA student. These families cannot afford to send all their children to TKCA so they have invested in one child with the hope that that child will do well. Both of these situations made me so aware again of how different a world I live in now compared to the one I “grew up”(the extended meaning until I came here) in. One father in particular told me how proud he was of his daughter at TKCA and his son who has to remain in public school until the family financial situation changes. He wants his children educated but his paycheck only stretches so far – oh but by the grace of God. Though we keep our tuition low and support our efforts through sponsors the goal of a private education at TKCA is not affordable to all. Thank you for faithfully supporting all of God’s work through CoPMN and TKCA. We depend on you! Read the rest of this entry

August 2014 – Brenda Johnston

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“Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5.15 The Lord gives us incredible opportunity each and every day. I am so grateful for reminders such as this scripture that our days are numbered and it is important to take advantage of our immediate circumstances. God has placed me in the lives of those in my family, at TKCA and those who are part of CoPMN whether families or staff for His purpose. I am encouraged to not allow my own self- importance to “get in the way”. Grateful that I can continue on this side of the ocean because you continue on that side of the ocean, I write with appreciation, thankfulness and love. We are assured that God will bring to fruition that which He has started! Read the rest of this entry

July 2014 – Brenda Johnston

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We were not created to be loners but instead to be in relationship with our heavenly Father and with each other. God continues to teach me that it is ok to “need” others. My family has been blessed with Josephine, Bria, Adrian and Katrin during the month of June and soon will be welcoming Lea into our midst. Each of these young adults came with their own individual strengths which become a part our family. Relief has been a frequent part of my vocabulary as each of them has willingly taken a bit of the “burden” and made my load lighter. They have been helpful not only at home but also at school and at church. Personally, I have been blessed and I know my family has been blessed. “This is my commandment: Love each other” John15.17 Read the rest of this entry