Exciting News!

Posted on September 3rd, 2014

In April, after almost a year of waiting, of doing mountains of paperwork, and of making several visits to government offices, we received our permits to stay for another 3 years!  We are thankful for every day we have here in Botswana, and appreciate your prayers  for our permits.

Then the good news came that we got permission to place our Trucker's Chapel in a permanent spot!  We are rejoiceding!   It has taken 2 1/2 years but it will finally be a reality!   In our Wednesday night Bible study, we have been reading and discussing Luke.  We had just finished with the Parable of the Persistent Widow a couple of weeks before, and when Keith shared the good news with the group, Tumai said, "Ah you are like the persistent woman and God has answered!"  Yes, He has!

We are well and were so thankful to see some of you in February and April when we flew home to be with our son, Keith,  and daughter in law, Lisa, after the birth of our first grandchild.  Baby Ruth has been such a blessing and testimony to many.  Born with heart defects, she has survived two open heart surgeries and is thriving and growing!  What a joy to hold and love our first grandchild!  She really is grand!

The past two months have been full of unusual opportunities to minister.  One of Elise's students lost his  mom, Leiann.  She died suddenly at home from a heart attack.  This stunning event, she was only 44, has left her two sons,  Angus and Josh, and her husband Duncan struggling to come to terms with life without mom.  In fact, many in Kasane have been examining their lives in light of this unexpected passing.  I am working with the boys 3 days a week to tutor and counsel.  Please pray for me to have wisdom and insight as I interact with them.

Jock, a sweet elderly lady suffering from cancer died the next day after Leiann.  So we had two memorials in one week.  Then a few weeks later one of the young mothers here delivered a still born baby.  All this death in our community has given us opportunities to share about the hope we have in Jesus.  Pray for us as we do so.

A few weeks later Keith was called to the hospital on Wednesday night to help with 6 young missionaries who had been in a horrific car accident.  Sadly, one of them had died.  However, he is now with Jesus and is running!  In life, he was wheel-chair bounded with withered legs.  He was a new Christian who had just dedicated his life and future to the Lord!  We will be eager to meet him in Heaven! 

Keith spent 2 days at the hospital helping, counseling and praying with these young people until some of the parents arrived and they were all medi-vaced to South Africa.  We have since heard that they are all doing well and expected to make full recoveries.

It is school holidays and Elise has flown to the Delta to spend some time with Rob.  He is with his employers, Elephants Without Borders (check out their website) counting elephants in the Okavango Delta.  As a part of his job, he gets to fly in a helicopter and record the various animals they spot.  Hopefully, the count will be finished by mid-September and he will be home again.  He has been gone almost two months and Elise has really missed him as have we!

Our winter is on its way out and summer is coming!  We have enjoyed a fairly pleasant winter with few terribly cold days, much to Keith' s disappointment! 

We look forward to seeing many of you when we come home in December and will be able to share more in depth about what all we have been doing the past two years!


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