March Madness

Anyone who knows me at all, knows that I am not a sports fan. At all. Not even the tiniest little bit. So this update has absolutely nothing to do with basketball…sorry to disappoint! It does, however, have quite a bit to do with my own personal brand of March madness!

When I got the news at the beginning of this year that I will be in South Africa by December, everything kind of kicked into a higher gear! All of a sudden there was a whole lot more to be done. My brain has been buzzing! I have been working to schedule meetings, plan trips, finish required reading, and present my ministry in churches. And God has been working in some very evident ways! In the month of March, I have gained 4 new monthly partners and my support is now tentatively at 72%! I still need to beef that percentage up in the next 8 months before I leave, but I am so very thankful for these partners! If you are interested in joining my team, please let me know! I have LOTS of ideas on how someone can creatively partner with missionaries…even when you live on a budget!

I want to take some time and share with you all a bit more about the ministry I will be joining! So, I’d like to start by introducing you to the parents and children of Bethesda Outreach.

Matjeni FamilyThe Matjeni family has been with Bethesda for the longest! Elias and Mamitjie Matjeni became houseparents with Bethesda in February 2003. In addition to his role as housefather, Elias ministers as a lay pastor and works for the Department of Education. Mamitjie is enjoying the blessing of children and a busy life in the home after working as a teacher in public education for fourteen years. God brought several beautiful children to fill this home within six months of its beginning. Shane, Kgothatso, Konyana and Busisiwe are daily growing in their knowledge of and love for the One who created them. This family is a blessing and we are so thankful for their involvement with Bethesda Outreach!

Stay tuned for more introductions in the next few months! In the meantime, please continue to pray for me as I prepare to leave! Pray for opportunities to share, more monthly financial partners, and discipline to finish up my support raising well! Thank you all for your love and encouragement!