I (Richie) am looking forward to the coming year, my 29th year is going to be a challenging but exciting trip with Jesus and my family. On my birthday I tend to look back and figure out if my life looks like what I thought it would a few years ago. In 2003 looking forward I thought that by now I would have been living in South Africa for five years, working with street children. But knowing what I know now I am so glad that God had other plans for me. The longer I follow Jesus the more I realise that my plans fall far short of His. That the opportunities that I can open do not compare with God’s plan for my life. I am slowly learning to leave it all in His hands, to live the life he lays out in front of me, in relationship with Him.
As we look forward to the coming year, relocating to Africa and becoming the house parents of Zanethemba safe haven, I am so grateful that God has radically changed my life, and future. We are no experts, we don’t know what it takes to be house parents, but God is an expert and does know what it takes. With Him and through Him we can only look forward to the miracles we are going to see in children’s lives, not because of us but because of Him. Since our wedding day Kate and I have endeavored to live as one in unity with God. Kate is a gift from God to me, she encourages me, supports me, completes me. The biggest way God has changed my life since 2003 has been Kate. If I had carried out my plan for my life all those years ago I would have failed but now God is opening the doors for us to be part of His story, His plan, and with God and Kate, a strand of three.
Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
If they fall down,
they can help each other up.
But pity those who fall
and have no one to help them up!
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.