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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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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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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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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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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

November 2013 – Brenda Johnston

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The story told in II Kings Chapter 2 helps me to understand the importance of divine prerogative. My day to day life in Namibia is oceans away from my previous life.  When I said, “send me, Lord” in 1999 I know now that I knew nothing of what it meant to depend on God for everything.  It is He who decides who ministers to me in what manner and using what method.  It is my role to remain obedient to His call and to His word. This walk on earth that we call life is not easy.  Challenged on a daily basis to remain faithful it is my heart’s desire to allow God to use me to His utmost glory. Thank you for your continued prayers, love and finances!Brenda & Family Nov 2013 Read the rest of this entry

October 2013 – Brenda Johnston

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1Peter 2.9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” How peculiar we each are.  God loves us all very much. We have no idea what God will do with foot prints we leave on the lives of others.  Day by day my life in Namibia can seem overwhelming.  However, I am reminded that God is the God of little things.  With His hands covering mine I persevere.  Remaining grateful for the plans God has for me and this ministry in Namibia it is my prayer that I will live my life in full knowledge of His mercy.  One child at a time you and I are leaving a foot print on the life of others.  Thank you for your continued love and sacrifice.  Our blessings come from above. Read the rest of this entry

September 2013 – Brenda Johnston

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“Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel.” Proverbs 27.9

I am often asked what it is I miss most about living in the USA.  My answer is always my relationships there.  Having Lea, Kathy, Ron and Susan all here for the past weeks has been a gift from God.  The Lord wants us in relationship with Him and with each other.  Feeling like I can breathe again, I am revitalized for the months ahead.  I love my family and colleagues here in Namibia and am grateful that God has sent me a piece of “home” through my friends.  It will be a long while yet before the children and I return to the USA to reconnect with everyone so this gift has lightened my soul. Thank you as you continue to remember us, pray for us and support us.  Read the rest of this entry