This is Incredible!
This is a copy of a newsletter that I sent out to my supporters this past week: (Sidenote: If you would like to receive our newsletters send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is certainly nothing like any of my normal newsletter – this one reads more like the book of Acts…
These past few weeks have been a real theological lesson for us.
I thought I had written our last update for the year. The unspoken, unformed thought that God had finished with what he had to do with us because CPUT was closed and the students gone…
So God decided to force me to write another update, because he had certainly not finished working with and for us…
The last week and a half have seen 3 amazing things happen:
1) We received a R5000 gift from one of our supporters – just to bless us! Well we were feeling mightily blessed at that point…
2) We then received a call from the adoption agency asking if we would consider adopting Nathan’s older brother (just turned 2), as the biological mother is in a desperate situation. This is not a done deal yet but it is seeming likely that all will go ahead. We have a meeting on the 5th of January, when legal processes, medical tests etc will have been completed. If all goes well then the placement process will begin, with placement happening sometime in January.
UPDATE: The sad news for us is that the adoption has fallen through (for now). The biological father has re-appeared and is contesting the adoption. He has made promises to look after and provide for the mother and his child, and this is his legal right. Our prayer is that this is a genuine change of heart and that he will turn out to be a good father, and provider for his dependents. Our worry is that as he has run off once it will be easy to do it again… But we commit this little boy to our Father in heaven who loves and cares for the vulnerable and poor.
Now with all our changes, plans and uncertainty of our financial situation, (Sidenote: Read about our plans here) this was a scary but exciting place to be. But how could we say no, and our friends and family all agreed with us! But now we were even more so looking to God to provide for what we were sure he was calling us to.
But nothing could have prepared us for what he was already doing…
3) This past Sunday we had lunch with one of our supporters, and this is what they told us.
They had earlier set up a trust and they now want to use that to buy us a house! We will not own the house – the trust will, but it will be completely our choice of house (within price). And we can then stay there rent free!
They also were quite clear in saying they do not want a 2nd rate place/just for now – they want something that will enable us to do the kind of ministry that we want long-term- they are sold on the vision – and they want us to find a house to support the vision!
Praise him for his incredible and gracious Provision and blessing of his people, through his people. I at one thought buzzing in my head on Sunday as I struggled to sleep – “Now this is Church!”
Now I am sure that was worth one more e-mail.
John, Jo and Nathan