Sorry that this update is so late. Things have certainly been busy over the last weeks since Christmas time & as we know it is also with you guys who are all busy people – the time has flown by!
So we currently have 3 siblings who will be moving on to a “forever foster home” mid February. We are excited about this & have been helping them to choose photographs, make memory books, drive them to their brand new school, (that is 5 minutes walk away from the new house but 40 minutes drive from where we live) & generally just prepare for this next season in their lives. We are also viewing their move with sadness. Over the last four months we have grown to love these children dearly & we are not looking forward to saying goodbye. They will be missed greatly. God has worked a great miracle providing this new home & school for them. Once again He has opened the right door when it was most needed. Thank you all so so much for praying for them!
We continue to settle into our role as house parents. Over the next month we face the challenge of not only saying “good bye” but also saying “hello”! With the siblings moving on there is going to be room in the haven again, so we will be gearing up to welcome new children in. This could happen the same day the children move on, or weeks after, but what we do know is that they will be coming from a traumatised background coming into a very different setting with people they don’t know. In the past, new children have actually been afraid of our managers, Gert & Eline, simply because they are white. It will be our role to navigate all the possible pitfalls & try to make their arrival as positive as possible… we will need God’s wisdom & a lot of His love!
The last four months have been filled with extremes & have been very tough. Every time we have felt like we have settled a bit something has come along or happened to show us how far we are out of our depth, & how different life now is. At times it has felt like we have been mourning our “old” life, missing family & friends, missing a “9 to 5” job, missing the community we had in BCV & so on. For so long we had a dream of what we wanted to do, but we never thought it would be as hard as it has been at times. Through the challenges however God has been incredibly faithful & patient. Slowly but surely He is building up community around us.
We recently became friends with a couple who have 2 boys (4 & 2 years old) & they have encouraged us so much. Not only is it wonderful to see our own 2 boys make friends with people who won’t be moving on anywhere in the near future, they also recently encouraged us by saying: “Jesus wants us to become one with Him. With that we must have the courage to face the pain He sees in our society, knowing that we will then see His glory break forth when captives are set free.” Just simply being reminded that we are going to see His glory, has been so encouraging to both of us. Our challenge is to experience His presence daily & then bring those around us into those God encounters that they don’t even know they’re looking for. Isaiah 60 says: “ darkness covers the earth & thick darkness is over the people, but the Lord rises upon you & His glory appears over you.” Reading this gives us great confidence in Him again. Thankyou all of you, for your life-giving, life-sustaining, God-breathed prayers. He hears & He is answering. Come Holy Spirit!
Please pray for;
- Praise God for the 3 siblings’ new home and school.
- A healthy transition for the siblings to their new home, that God would give us wisdom to know how to help navigate them through all the emotions & resurfacing pain they are experiencing.
- That God would guard our hearts as we say good bye to these wonderful children.
- That God would bring comfort to Joseph as he says goodbye to his new friends, & provide both him & Reuben with more permanent P.E friends in playschool/church etc.
- That God would give us wisdom in how to welcome new children into this home.
- Thank God for the godly, intentional, friends in SA that he has brought into our lives.
- Please thank God for His presence with the children here & for the volunteers who we know are impacted when they come to give time & energy here.
- That God would provide for all our needs, spiritual and physical.
Thank you so much for your love, support and prayer
Love the Cathcarts