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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

June 2014 – Brenda Johnston

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By faith……Hebrews chapter 11 is a reminder of many men and women who have acted “by faith”. “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11.1

We are once again on the threshold of a major decision. Before the end of June we must consider our next step for Talitha Kumi Christian Academy.

As the Acting Principal this year I have been up close and personal with just how this school serves our children – a view beyond my own personal experience with my children By faith we will make a decision based on prayer, God’s Word, His Promises and our reality of the situation. Thank you that you will pray with us. I have reminded myself that God is in control and He will answer the prayers of His people in a manner that is in His Will – Giving Him honor! We praise God and thank Him for you and your commitment to my family, CoPMN and TKCA! May your blessings be overwhelming as summer begins! Read the rest of this entry

May 2014 – Brenda Johnston

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“Peter said to him, we have left everything to follow you! I tell you the truth, Jesus replied, no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields-and with them persecutions) and in the age to come eternal life.” Mark 10.29-30. God clearly gave me these verses back in 2002. Today I believe that God is blessing me and the ministry beyond what I could imagine. I have a beautiful home since Nan returned to the USA and Uncle Mike has left to me and my family his very equipped 10 passenger van and all his worldly possessions in Namibia.  I looked around the other day thanking God for all His provision. At CoPMN God has adequately taken care of each month without a moment of wondering “will there be enough?” Most of it comes from you. Prayers, love and financial support are essential for my family and CoPMN to continue in obedience. Thank you for your commitment. God depends on your Yes! Read the rest of this entry

April 2014 – Brenda Johnston

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Personal Greeting

Our dry, desolate Namib Desert has been refreshed with a weeklong rain.  Though it has been off and on our gardens and desert are renewed. In between the steady rain we had unbelievably humid and hot days!  We even had what seemed like a tropical storm!  “Again, he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” James 5.18  The rain was running through our streets clean and clear.  Just as the rain brought forth the desert flower so the Living Water renews my soul.  There are always days of desolation, storms, and barrenness.  I praise God for the day  that I trusted Him to be my source.  Just as the rain renews the earth so the living water of God’s living Word renews my soul.  Life without challenges was never His promise to me but the means to walk through each challenge with Him is – for that I thank God!  Thank you for your prayers, love and support over the past 14 years.  God uses you to encourage and care for me!  Our role in this calling to Namibia is equally important and critical to God fulfilling His mission and vision. Thank you! Read the rest of this entry

March 2014 – Brenda Johnston

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Personal Greeting

It is with a heart of gratitude that I say thank you for your ongoing prayers.  Finding myself outside my comfort zone on a day to day basis I find peace in the knowledge that God hears the prayers of those who love me.  I could never have imagined how difficult my life would be here in Africa.  Not because it is Africa but because daily I find myself facing situations that are not part of my core experience.  God took my easy, comfortable and predictable life and exchanged it for personal challenges of a nature I could not imagine.  Though it feels at times that I am alone with the multitude of challenges before me, I know that my God has not forsaken me.  Our God is a just and glorious God and I thank Him daily for you!  May His riches rain forth over your life as you continue in obedience to His work.  I am humbled and grateful for your love! Read the rest of this entry

February 2014 – Brenda Johnston

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Personal Greeting

I came back to my office after visiting a classroom and there on my desk was a violet and a note –  a gift from God delivered by one of His children.  Friends who must have been passing through on their way to the coast or back inland came to encourage me with God’s word!  At times like this I am so encouraged by how God uses His people to strengthen, remind and just plain bless me. On a daily basis I am reassured that my ministry partners are praying for all that God is doing through His people here in Namibia!  I thank God for you and your commitment in love, prayer and finances! Read the rest of this entry

January 2014 – Brenda Johnston

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Personal Greeting

Happy 2014! And now we start our 15th year in ministry together to God’s children of Namibia!  Praise God and Hallelujah for His faithfulness, grace and love! “My soul waits for the Lord more than the watchman for the morning.” Psalm 130.6 Indeed as we start 2014, I wait for the Lord as I hold onto His hand and wait for him to disperse my fears and unfold the days ahead.  My added responsibility of TKCA is completely out of my comfort zone.  However, God has not let me down so far and I am sure He will not at this point.  I appreciate your continued prayers on my behalf as I begin as administrator at TKCA for 2014.  I cannot see beyond the present to know how I am going to continue to give to my children the attention and help that they need while spending the school day at TKCA.  God does have a plan so I must be patient and wait on Him!  Thank you for continuing as a partner with me in this ministry for our 15th year together! Read the rest of this entry

December 2013 – Brenda Johnston

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For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2.10

Each of us is in this ministry by God’s eternal plan. Whether we pray, go or give, I am convinced that His plan has nothing to do with our desire to do good but His plan to fulfill His desire for our life.  God has his eyes on us and has designs for us of glorious living. We, through our partnership with CoPMN, are part of the overall purpose God is working out in everything and everyone.  As another year comes to a close, may the God of this universe bless you many times over what you have done for Him in both this life and the one that is yet to come.  Thank you for continuing as a partner in this ministry to God’s children of Namibia!!  Merry Christmas! Read the rest of this entry