Brenda Johnston – January 2017
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43.19. First and foremost, I send you greetings for a God filled 2017! I am ever humbled and amazed by His grace and miraculous hand that is shown each day. Many times, during the month of December, God made himself known clearly in my life. I am so grateful that I do not have to walk this journey alone. Without the Lord to guide me I am not sure how I would keep going. Together we have been impacting lives for years! As we face this new year, may our courage and commitment remain intact!
What is Next
- Year number 18 begins! We have been together a long time! God has been faithful to complete His work through each of us!
- TKCA will start the 2017 school on January 11. We still anticipate the return of all our teachers. The school will have close to 150 students this year.
- I will begin, whole hearted research for schools where Hailey might be accepted as an international student with, prayerfully, a scholarship. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions, please contact me! I am open to location as we will be starting anew no matter where we go.
- I have resubmitted for yet another 2-year work permit. 15 months have passed since my most recent permanent resident request was submitted and I have heard not a word. Should my work permit be approved, this will be my last.
During the holiday, we expanded one of our classrooms and built a new one. Now, we are prepared for all the class needs in 2017.
Dennis was granted a trip to Germany by his godparents for the Christmas holiday. What an opportunity for him!!
Steve made it back to the USA for a few weeks with his girls who attend university there.
Anistemi is busy with a new school year which means most of our adult children are in Usakos for another year. We remain grateful for our foster families who continue to nurture and support these young people.
My children had a great holiday as they worked at the horse farm 3 days a week. This kept them busy, outside and around horses which was a plus for all of us!
We remain extremely grateful for our worldwide partners such as Moretti Ministries who financed our new classroom!
We hosted Mbande, a previous CoPMN child, who now lives with an auntie and Mickayla during the holiday. We are grateful to God that we can open our home to others.
Through His Promise Ministries and Kinder und familienhilfe Namibia God continues to meet our every need.
Finally, before Christmas we filled the swimming pool “that Janis built!” We are so grateful to Janis’ perseverance and to the financial assistance of friends who helped us complete this project. We all are enjoying it during the heat of summer!
- Pray for the decisions being made by our youth daily. The environments in which we live lends itself to the abuse of alcohol, drugs, and promiscuity.
- Pray for Sannetjie who, seemingly overnight, has reverted to her withdrawn, silent self. Help us to help her get the assistance she needs to work through whatever are the issues.
- Continue to pray for Annetjie who remains on the street addicted to alcohol.
- As our teachers face another challenging year, pray for hearts that have the interest of each student at their core.
- May Stella’s journey to Namibia be non-eventful, as she prepares for her volunteer work with us.
May my courage come from Him who has been faithful to His promise and may I leave what is behind and strive towards what is ahead. Thank you, Lord!!
from the Namib Desert, Brenda
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