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Personal Greeting

Janus and StefanusWe have now been back in Namibia for over six weeks and the adjustment is complete.  We are settled in, at least, physically in our home and village. Schedules are back on track.  My children, as do I, remember fondly our wonderful time in the USA.  As I look at my boys who have been raised in an institution by foreigners and now me, I wonder where will they ever fit in? Then I am reminded that it is ‘In God I trust’! In thankfulness for His plan I will walk through each day. “For I know the plans I have for you. “ declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29.11 Praise God and Amen!

What’s Next

  • We await Ms. Jackie’s return to take over her household of four.
  • One young German volunteer arrived at the end of March for six weeks and an American AIM volunteer will arrive at the end of April for a two month stay. 
  • We remain grateful for the sacrifice of time and energy of the many who come to serve beside us.
  • Stefanus is enrolled in gymnastics which he enjoys.  It is my plan to get both boys back into horseback riding during April.
  • Ms. Shelly is adjusting as a teacher at TKCA and we are considering the need for a first grade teacher in training. 
  • Planning has begun for a retreat for our teenagers the beginning of May. 
  • May God give us wisdom. As we can it is our heart’s desire to reintegrate children with their birth families.  We will work towards that end for as many children as possible. 

Specific Needs

The teachers at Talitha Kumi have been well trained to deliver information but are challenged with the concept of helping a student learn.  May Nan have wisdom as she trains and stretches our Namibian teachers. 

A first grade teacher is needed for the remainder of the year. 

Plans for the 2012 school year to expand through fifth grade have begun and need God’s eyes.  

DorianI was asked to pick up Jonathan in late March to bring him to Social Services.  Born into alcoholic families, he has been removed for his safety to a place of safety in Walvis Bay.  Pray that he will be given a forever, loving family.

Dorian, placed with Ute temporarily, is still awaiting a court resolution to who he will live with – 8 months waiting so far.  May God resolve this issue according to His plan.  

May God lead us as we consider what is in the best interest of every child.

Thanksgivings

  • ToivoToivo is accepted at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC!!  He has received a scholarship in the amount of $17,000 annually for the next four years – an unprecedented amount for a foreign student!  We Praise God!  The need remaining is $25,000 to include tuition, fees, books and personal expenses. If you or someone you know want to be part of Toivo’s future investing in the next generation of Namibia please send your contribution to His Promise Ministries, 1106 Old Mill Run, Deland, Florida 32720 – mark the memo TOIVO.  
  • More great news.  Vuola got a job!  Daniel’s work continues to expand!
  • Camping 2011Sylvia remains the “go to” person for the government as it relates to issues with orphans and vulnerable children.  Though this is a huge strain on Sylvia we are grateful as she does have the front line experience that is needed in making policy decisions. 
  • The rain continues to pour down on this country.  Rivers are running everywhere! 
  • We had a wonderful camping weekend next to the Swakopmund River during the long Independence weekend in March.

Personal Prayer Request

Brenda ArtWhat is making it very hard to be back in Namibia is the distance between me and my family and friends.  I reflect on the past 11 years of my life realizing that I had to say yes to God when He asked me so clearly to leave all and follow Him.  I am committed to His plan for me. This picture was given to me as a gift Christmas 1971 and it is about the only possession that I still have!  Does God have a plan!   

Thank you for your continued prayers for renewed strength and a resurgence of hope.  I have a very large extended family in Namibia including most of the children from The Ark who were there in 2001.   I have a lot to think about but nothing to worry about! 

Praise be to God!  

With love,
Brenda

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