Sunday, August 22, 2010

Prayer Update

I'll start with our bad news first, for those of you that haven't heard, but stay tuned for the good news, because that's the best part!

On my way home with the kids from Bible study on Thursday I had a flat tire on the N3, and I stopped but there wasn't enough room to get off the road. A Semi with a flatbed trailer didn't notice that we were stopped until too late and had to go into the median between two highways to miss us, with his trailer swinging to the side and catching the OTHER back corner of our car (not the one hit in the last accident). WE ARE ALL FINE! As the initial shock started to wear off, the radio was playing - "I will praise You in this storm, and I will lift my hands, for You are who You are, no matter where I am..."

Then on Saturday evening the whole family loaded into the Word of Life Microbus (like a van). We picked up 3 teens on the way to senior youth group, and headed for the church, as we are the youth leaders. Would you believe that when we came out of church after youth it was GONE? Yep, stolen. Crazy!

BUT, it's been a while since we have sent an update, so here's some GOOD news!!!

We ran a Micro F1 last week, and 15 children got saved! This was at Honeyridge Baptist Church, and these kids will be discipled through them with their Olympian program.

Brad and I are tag-team teaching Olympian Orientation to a team at a church we've been working with in Toekomsrus. We are excited to see this church reaching out to their community in a low income area, and we only have one orientation left before they start meeting with the children! This is a completely NEW ministry for them as they have just recently started Sunday School for the children and have never had a youth program.

A few weekends ago we had a mission trip with the teens in our own youth group. There were 8 teens that spent the weekend in our house, and we were able to do some work fixing up a local church in Kibler Park to encourage them; spent Sunday morning in their church service and the teens gave testimonies and shared in special music; spent the afternoon going door to door in the area doing evangelism; and on Monday we did door to door evangelism in Toekomsrus.

These are just a few of the blessings we've been experiencing! Sorry for the long update. We've been so busy working that we haven't had as much time to write updates! We'll try to do them more often so they don't have to be so long. ;)

Mary, for the fam
Brad, Mary, Brandon, Marissa & Mya

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Pics

I know you've gotten a few links to pics we've uploaded today, but we added even more! Check 'em out. 

Prayer Update

We recently became the Youth Leaders for our senior youth at church. It has been fun getting to know the teens and we've enjoyed spending time with them!
This weekend we are doing a local missions trip with them, doing work and ministry with a church in Kibler Park and follow up with the church we ministered with on SMASH in Toekomsrus. There will be a couple of young adults from another church assisting us as leadership. Pray for results from our outreach and follow-up, and as well for discipleship of the teens and young adults going with us!
Please pray for the family as well. Marissa woke up sick this morning, and with the teens staying at our house this weekend, I'm hoping that she gets better quickly and that it doesn't spread.
Thank you for your faithful prayers for our ministry! There has been so much happening that it's hard to stay faithful with prayer updates! It is amazing to see that God remains faithful and that He can use us, despite our human frailties!
Mary, for the fam
Brad, Mary, Brandon, Marissa & Mya