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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

Brenda Johnston – November 2015

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I heard a message this week at church that challenged us to think about what happens when we do not respond positively to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Right after that my son, Janis, responded to an alter call and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. I was overwhelmed with the idea of what would have happened if I had said no to God. Of course the reality is that we often have no idea what consequences our yes has this side of heaven. I don’t know why God brought me to Namibia but I do know that, I today, have four children who depend on me and two young adults who are still learning from me. Then, of course, there are all the other children who have crossed my path. In the end, it is all about sharing God’s love! The message to me back in 1999 had to do with God’s children in Namibia and today that is still the focus of my life. What if you had not said “yes, Lord” when He asked you to support me and the ministry of CoPMN?   Our yes does have eternal value! God depends on our yes! Thank you, Lord for all the yeses that are said daily on behalf of your children of Namibia! Read the rest of this entry

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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