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Brenda Johnston – October 2015

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Just this week, I have realized that 15 years later and I am still unnerved as I see the small, small children navigating the world and its streets alone. We live in a desert here, and as I see these 1, 2 and 3 year olds on their own I sense a bit of desert in their world as well. My 4th grade class had a guest teacher this week who was sharing the UN’s list of Rights and Responsibilities – a child has a right to be cared for. I cannot help but ask what does that mean – food and shelter or does it go as deep as God’s care for us – to love us at our emotional and spiritual core? Do I do enough to share God’s desire for His children given the opportunities that I have through my journey in Namibia? May we as a unit and I as an individual do our part to share Christ’s love for those who God brings across our path. We are not alone, deserted or orphaned – we are princes and princesses in God’s holy family. Praise God and Hallelujah for His grace that is manifested in and through us! Read the rest of this entry

Brenda Johnston – September 2015

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“Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.” Jeremiah: 17.7. God has been so faithful and recently has given us a glimpse once again of His goodness. I have discussed before how I, at times, get caught up in the forest instead of looking at the trees. Feedback about our teenage children being wonderful role models and doors opening as we pursue options for training once again highlights the fact – life works when we allow God to have the reins! Together, we are raising a generation of Namibians who will be our leaders of tomorrow. The blood, sweat and tears of a myriad of individuals from around the world have gone into this calling. God from time to time gives us a glimpse of His all knowing hand and we are encouraged by the results! God is using us to accomplish His plans on this earth and to Him be the glory!! Thank you for remaining faithful to God’s children in Namibia and to my family serving here! Read the rest of this entry

Brenda Johnston –August 2015

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My space is limited so this month I say only Thanks be to God for YOU! My commitment here is a result of your commitment from there! Thank you!! Read the rest of this entry

Brenda Johnston – July 2015

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As I struggle on a daily basis to know just what point is balance in my life my son Stefanus ineffably comes to me and says “Ouma, you are a good Mom. You are doing the best you can.” This young man who is 17 with a mind of a 7-10 year old and a soul of a 90 year old can sense what is going on around him. Without words he has the gift of focusing in on another person’s soul. What a blessing he is in all of our lives.brenda-children I cannot help but to wonder where will the future take us? How far can we carry on with the process of schooling and what in the world, Lord, comes next? As my body and mind become slower, I cannot help but wonder how long can I continue doing all the many different tasks that fall under my responsibility. I am tired and yet oh so blessed. Thank you for walking this journey with me. I cannot emphasize enough how much your emotional, prayer and financial support means to us. Is this the journey I would have chosen for myself – no way. But as I am trying to instill in my children I realize that God has a plan for each and every one of us and in the end it is to bring Him glory. Thank you for remaining faithful! Read the rest of this entry

Brenda Johnston – June 2015

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lea-charmaine…..beautiful stories…..The name of a women’s conference that some of the staff of CoPMN attended through our partner church in Swakopmund. Praise God for the beautiful stories He has written for
us when we remain in His Will. So much happens on a day to day basis here both within my home and within the ministry that these reminders of God’s love for each of us serves as an encouragement. Even though my story does not look so beautiful from all perspectives it is my story and it is what has brought me to this point of my journey. I am grateful to God for His compassion, mercy and grace. My beautiful story in Namibia continues to unfold because of the faithfulness of friends and family. I thank God daily for you and your part in His ministry. May each of our …..beautiful stories continue in His plan!
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Brenda Johnston – May 2015

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And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone’s opinion. For you are not swayed by appearances, but truly teach the way of God. Mark 12.14

God taught diversity as he knows we are all the same in Christ Jesus. I must remind myself of this often throughout a week. I live as a foreigner in a foreign land and yet in God’s family there are not foreigners as we are one in Him. Diversity was one of the 4th grade vocabulary words this term and it has been a topic of discussion in sermons as well. I have been challenged to remember that God wants every man, woman and child to be a part of His kingdom and those who are still struggling should not be avoided or condemned but encouraged to come to know the only healer of our soul. I ask myself, am I comfortable in the world God has given me to live in. Can I adjust my approach, my language and my attitude to those around me – not compromising my relationship with Jesus but recognizing that my way is not necessarily the only way. I praise God for the opportunity He has given me to serve him in an area of His world that is so different than the world I knew. Through His grace and mercy, your love and financial support, I can continue to commit my body, mind and soul to His will. Praise God and thank you! Read the rest of this entry

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