Prayer Letter: 16/10/11

This is out 10th day in South Africa. At times it is still hard to believe we are here. At others it feels like we should be about to go home as most of our other strips to SA have been 12-14 days long. Then the enormity of this move hits us at other times. The last 10 days has been a blur of activity from getting to know the children & care givers to attending a new church, from car hunting to being ill. Over the last ten days we have felt the spiritual attack around us heighten, but we have had small moments again & again where God has confirmed that we are in the right place & that He has got us wrapped up in His love.

It has been a rollercoaster of emotion for us as we have got to know the children here & heard their stories. (Due to confidentiality & respect for the children we are not at liberty to disclose their names or stories). It has been tough but God has provided everything we need in the tough times & has given us times filled with pure joy. God is the only way forwards for these children & for us. Any time we have doubted our calling over the last few days we have always come back to the conclusion that we simply can’t imagine doing anything else with our lives right now other than be here.

At this time could you please pray for:

  • Praise God for His faithfulness & provision… that Joseph has got on really well at his first week of playschool. We have also felt a real deep love growing between us & the children/caregivers here.
  • God’s protection for us & our boys against sickness & spiritual attack (in the Xhosa culture, Christianity can get “mixed” in with ancestral worship resulting in a lot of fear in peoples lives)
  • God’s wisdom as we step into the leadership role God has brought us here to carry out.
  • God’s authority in our lives when it comes to prayer & intercession…
  • The children & caregivers that they would experience for themselves God’s love & power.
  • That Joseph would continue to make good friendships in playschool
  • That God would continue to help both boys process what it means to live here.
  • That God would give all six children the stable “forever homes” that they need.
  • That God would provide us with the perfect car to carry out the work here.
  • That intimacy with Jesus would always be our focus & vision…

Thank you for your time & prayers,

Richie, Kate, Joseph & Reuben

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