One Year!

We have lived in Swaziland for one year now! It amazes me how fast a year can go by, or how much can change in just one year. I am still in awe that God chose, and called us to live life and spread the Gospel in Swaziland.

To be completely honest, this has been a hard blog to write. I just keep thinking… How can I truly put into words or sum up in a nice little blog the past year of our lives? How can I find the words with enough meaning to show that our family is forever changed? How can I truly express the heartbreaking realities of so many living in poverty in a third world country?….and on the flip side of that, if I could just somehow give you a little glimpse into the big faith that we see lived out everyday you would know that there are no words deep enough, or meaningful enough, to describe the way that they see our all powerful God.

As Believers, we are all called to one mission…one purpose…and that is to bring honor and glory to God as we go and make disciples, as we spread the Gospel. Not all are called to move to third world countries to share the Gospel, but in our story, we are.

Whenever you say Yes to God’s call on your life, you are now on the front lines of the battlefield to be attacked by Satan.  When our family said Yes to God’s call for us to move to Swaziland, all bets were off…1 Peter 4:12-19…We have experienced Satan’s attacks mostly through spiritual warfare personally, and in the ministry, like never before.   We have also dealt with everyday childhood things like poisonous bites and broken bones…which then resulted in surgeries… and chicken pox and the latest a big gash on the foot….to just name a few. Now to keep things in perspective, when things like this happen, there’s not an ER down the street that we can go to at any given time of day or night, which definitely adds to the challenge.

Just as we are on the front lines to be attacked by Satan…we also now sit in front row seats watching God move, seeing His power and hand at work. Oh what an amazing sight that is! When you say Yes to God…to step out in faith into the unknown, when you step out of your comfort zone…those are the times you are refined and are drawn closer to God, and in return, you get to see and experience God in ways you never thought possible.

As I look back on the last year I am reminded of the song, “Oceans” , that God used in such a big way in our call to Swaziland. It was and still continues to be our prayer…

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

Oh, Jesus, you’re my God!

I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

We love living in Swaziland. There are really no words to describe it.  We have such a peace and contentment that we can only have through God, I know. It is such a testament of His faithfulness to His Word, and to our family. Although we have had our fair share of trials, and sometimes tears of missing loved ones, I know that without trials our faith would never grow. I don’t know about you, but I want trust that is without borders, and big faith in a very big and all powerful God.

“If you aren’t willing to put yourself in this is crazy situations, you’ll never experience this is awesome moments!” -Mark Batterson 







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The Power of Prayer

Hey y’all! Sorry, I have been behind in blogging these last couple of months, it has been a busy season for us. Hopefully, I can make up for a bit in these next couple of months as we reflect back on the YEAR that we have spent in Swaziland. A Year. One Year…(well almost, in two days it will officially be a year) Crazy!

Today I want to talk a little bit about the power of prayer. Our Church back in Georgia,Warren Baptist, has had a ‘Pray Thru September’ month…that along with what God has personally been showing and convicting me about in my own prayer life…has caused prayer to be on the forefront of my mind and heart.

So I thought I would share just a couple of  “prayer stories” from this side of the world.

We had only been here for a handful of months, and we were finishing up our school fee process. For those of you who don’t know, it does cost money to attend school here past the seventh grade.  In addition to a tuition fee, there is also the cost of the uniform that is required. The struggle to finish school is very real. At this time, we were waiting to hear if we had any money to pay the school fees for a group of kids in one of our unsponsored care points. We found out there was NO extra money. We had reached our deadline, and we’re out of time.  We came together as a staff, where there were lots of questions and tears…how do we tell these kids that are hungry to learn, and desperate to go to school, that they won’t be able to attend this year. If you miss a year of school the odds are pretty high that you won’t ever go back to finish. The staff all prayed together, and decided to dedicate that night as a night of prayer. Us, along with the Malloys, contacted some of our prayer warriors to join us in prayer. One thing I know, what seems impossible to us is made possible through the power of God! Within two hours God had answered our prayers.  We had THREE different groups of people say they will pay the school fees. There is power in prayer folks!

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen                  Ephesians 3:20-21 

So there are some differences living here in Swaziland compared to living in Georgia…just a few. Ha! Ok, understatement of the year there. To say the least there are many many differences…most of which we love and embrace…one however not so much. That would be the amount of snakes found here, but not just any snakes, extremely venomous, and some of the deadliest snakes in the world.

Stephen got a call late in the night, around midnight, by a frantic young lady saying her friend had been bitten by a venomous snake, a spitting cobra, could we take them to the hospital. Stephen, Josh and Smanga (one of the staff members), went to pick her up and take her to a hospital, which during good driving conditions is about 30 minutes  away. Now, one of the dangers of driving at night here, are dodging all the animals that can be found on the road after dark. This will in turn slow down the driving time tremendously. It was a race against time. Once again, we found ourselves crying out to God for His healing power, and protection on them as they drove fast in the night to the hospital. When they left the hospital that night the Dr wasn’t sure if she would survive until morning. I am  beyond thankful to say that she made a complete recovery. It was so evident that Gods healing hand was on her…and that night He went before them and prepared their way…there was not one animal on the road on their trip to the hospital…which is unheard of.  THERE IS POWER IN PRAYER!

Since living in Swaziland, God has used our Swazi friends, and people in the community, to convict and challenge us in so many ways. They have great faith in a very big God! In Swaziland you pretty much have two seasons, the Wet and Dry season. They are very true to their names. When we got here last October it was coming to the end of the dry season and it had not rained for eight straight months. This dry season was very much the same. When there is no rain for so long, often times that means the communities water supply dries up, and there is no water…as in, none at all.  Many people depend on their gardens in order to survive, water is a must.

Let me tell you about a small little church who believe in a very big God. Once again the dry season has been very true to its name. Dry. Very Dry! This church came together and began to fast and pray for rain. Shortly after, it began to sprinkle, and people were happy.   In response to the sprinkle, the pastor of that church said, we did not pray for a sprinkle, but that God would make it rain hard! The next couple of days, IT RAINED HARD!

I am continuously humbled, reminded and convicted of the many times I underestimate the might of the incredibly great, all powerful God that we serve. How many times have I put Him in a box or not persevered through my prayers? How many times have I stayed in my comfort zone and not stepped out in faith, believing and trusting that He is the God He says He is. I pray that God continues to refine our hearts, and push us out of our comfort zone, so we can truly see His mighty hand at work!

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12



Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 

Wow! It has been quite a week! With amazing highs and devastating lows…we have, and still are, rejoicing with our brother as God answered prayers and opened a door that we thought was closed. How amazing it is to see His hand at work! To know His timing is perfect!
We have also suffered a great loss of a friend and her baby. My heart is heavy and broken-hearted as we grieve with her family and community.
Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. This verse has never been more real to me as it has this week.
As I sit here in the Word and reflect on this past week and all that has happened…God keeps bringing one word to mind. Hope. As Believers we are meant to live differently then the world. Does that mean once you become a Follower of Christ your life is easy? No. Quite the opposite, actually. (1Peter 4:12-13)  Life on this earth can be hard, messy, heartbreaking and just not fun sometimes. So how do we get through those moments or seasons of life looking differently then the world? Hope.
1 Timothy 4:10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. 
In this life our circumstances can change within seconds. You can be on a mountain and then find yourself walking through the darkest of valleys. As believers our hope and joy are not tied to our circumstances because we serve a living God that never changes. So we can walk through any trial, carry each other’s burdens and be broken-hearted and still have hope and joy…because He is our Hope and Joy and Peace. 
1Peter 1:3-4 
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.

His Word Stands For All Generations

One of the many exciting aspects of our ministry here in Swaziland, is the time we get to study the Word with our brother’s and sister’s here. Earlier this year, we decided that our first study as a staff would be looking at the Paul’s letter to the Saints in Ephesus. For such a small book, Ephesians packs a big punch, as it is filled with so much incredibly important and life-changing stuff. A man by the name of Watchman Nee described the letter with these three words, Sit, Walk, Stand. Paul teaches us that we must first be “seated with Christ” (Eph. 2:), as he explains our position with God through His past, present and future work in our lives. Paul then goes on to explain the truth that “we are no longer two but one” (Eph. 2:), one body of Christ, urging them to walk in complete unity. Finally, he ends the letter teaching that we must STAND together as one unified body in the strength and armour of God (Eph. 6:10 – 20). God is so good, and His Word stands for all generations! There wasn’t a more appropriate time for us to go through this amazing book of the Bible. God used exactly what we were studying each week, to directly speak into the challenges and joys we were currently experiencing. There really could not of been a better time to go through this amazing letter, and it is always such a sweet time studying and learning from one another. Charity and I both grew immensely, and saw how it was growing, shaping and impacting the rest of the staff as well. We are now seeking direction from God as to what we need to study next. Please pray with us in this.


God has also given me the opportunity to start a men’s study with a group of men from the community in which our base is set up. We are studying Jesus the Man, searching out what He taught, how He lived and applying it to our own lives as we desire to be men like Him. It has been so encouraging to see how enthusiastic and hungry these men are about understanding and knowing the truth of the Bible. One of the big issues I have seen in Swaziland, is a general lack of understanding the Bible, and I pray for continued personal growth and understanding to be able to teach and explain the Word of God more clearly and accurately through the opportunities He will most definitely not cease in giving.





Finally, what a joy it is to be able to see God’s Word shape and mould our precious children. How comforting it is to know that He continues to draw them to Himself, and use them to share His love to the kids in Swaziland. He has given them a heart for these children and is using them to impact and advance His kingdom.
Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.  Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.

Psalms 119:89 – 90


The definition of the word Charity, is the act of giving money, food or other kinds of help to people who are poor, sick, etc. This definition emulates the heart and life of my beautiful wife, as she daily pours out her life for those who are around her, and it just so happens that this is her name. Charity, the most amazing woman I have ever known, she is the mother of my children and over and over again she astounds me in endless ways. The way in which she loves our children……           ……and the children in our community…..

           …..the way in which she selflessly provides, cares and patiently teaches Hannah, Luke and Titus…..her unwavering faith, a faith that can move mountains. I could go on and on about her compassionate heart, and the way in which she tells you that you are loved and cared for in one of her truly authentic hugs. All of these reasons, and many more, are why I wholeheartedly love and adore this beautiful, matchless woman of God.

We thank the Lord for you everyday Charity, and appreciate all that you are ,and will be, as God continues to mold and shape you.


Your family

Proverbs 31:10-31


Luke – bringer of light

Before Luke was born, Charity and I decided to call our firstborn son “Luke”.   One of the reasons we liked this name so much, is that it means ‘bringer of light’, and that has been our prayer for him ever since.  That he truly is a bringer of the Light of the world.   Today is Luke’s 6th birthday.   Six years old!   It’s hard to imagine what our life would be like without this amazing boy.  He brings so much light into our family.  We are so blessed to be his parents, and most importantly a brother and sister to this new child of God.   The more time that God gives us with this amazing boy, the more we see the light of Jesus truly shining in his heart.   It’s been about a month now since he was drilling me with questions about what it means to follow Jesus and to live for Him.   From an early age, I have seen God moving in His heart, and our prayer was that He would continue to shape the way in which he thinks and acts.   As we were preparing to move to Swaziland, we asked him what he was most excited about in regards to moving to this new land, and his answer echoed what our prayer for him has been from the start, “I can’t wait to tell the kids about Jesus”.    This light bringing heart can be seen in the way in which he loves the children who are now becoming close friends of his.   How precious this is when you see your boy growing in this way.   


As he continues to get older, he becomes more and more selfless, and it is displayed all of the time.  Whenever we are giving our kids anything he always tells us to serve his brother and sister before him.    He loves them both so much, and is always encouraging and uplifting each one of us.   



With all of this Luke is a boy who has so much energy and excitement as he wakes up each morning and goes through the day.    He is a strong, tough boy, who plays hard, cares easily and loves the Lord intensely.   



So, whatever he does we trust that God will continue to mold and shape Him, knowing that He will answer our continued prayers for this wonderful light.   We cannot wait to see how God will use the make up that He has given him for His glory and purpose, as He brings light to the darkness through our son LUKE!!!!!

“for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Walk as children of the light (for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true”

Ephesians 5:8 & 9




Today is a very important and exciting day in the Spragg house. Hannah turns nine today. (I know I’m always saying this…but seriously, where does the time go, people??) This day nine years ago, our lives changed forever. She made me a mom and our lives have been richer in every way possible. We are beyond blessed! 

Let me tell you a little bit about our sweet Hannah and how she continues to point me to Christ. Hannah is very laid back and easy going…even as a baby she was so easy. People used to tell us that we didnt really know what “real parents” go through because she was such a laid back baby. For example, she started sleeping through the night at 7 days old. I know, we had it good! (But for all you parents out there that are hating me right now…no worries she has 2 little brothers that more then made up for it 😉) She has the biggest compassionate heart of anyone I know. Anyone that knows her, knows that when she loves, she does it with her whole heart…and that includes people and animals alike. She has a very quiet and sweet spirit. She is a deep thinker and definitely keeps me on my toes with all her tough questions. She loves to laugh and make others laugh. She is a great big sister and her brothers love and adore her. She is very creative…loves to draw and is always singing and dancing through the house. Some days we all join in and let’s be honest here…some days she’s asked to take the singing outside. 😊 

So I could go on and on but Iets move on….

In her nine years of life she has been through her share of trials and heartbreaks as well. It is in these moments especially that I see God forming her into a woman of God. He is refining her and drawing her closer to Him. In one of our biggest trials as a family, Hannah lost her uncle. Hannah was 5 and she had grown especially close to him as he lived with us. God in His sovereignty and grace used this tragedy and heartbreak to draw her to Him and she decided to follow Christ with her life. 

Isaiah 55:8-9 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts. 

Saying goodbye is never easy…well at least not to the people we love. 😉 As we were preparing to come to Swazi and all that that entailed…Saying goodbye to family and friends, and let’s not forget our dog, Nala, and leaving everything familiar to us…we were feeling many different emotions. Hannah came to me one day and said: Mommy half of my heart can’t wait to go to Swazi but the other half is broken because we have to say goodbye to everyone we love. So we had a very deep and tearful talk about the real sacrifices of following Christ. We are now 6+ months on the other side of that conversation and the sacrifices have been real and sometimes tearful but so worthwhile as I see God maturing her faith and trust in Him. She has never once said, I don’t want to go to Swaziland or can we move back to the States. Instead everyday she says, please can I go to the care points, please can I go play with my friends, mommy how can we tell this person or that person about Jesus, mommy I think we should make some cookies and bring to everyone. I see the joy in her eyes as she runs and gives our Swazi staff hugs. I see the love of God pouring through her and touching the lives of everyone around her. 

Proverbs 31:30 Charm is deicetful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. 






6 Months

Wow! I cannot believe we have been here for 6 full months already. Where has the time gone? We feel so blessed to be able to call Swaziland our home. My heart overflows with joy and great contentment as I know we are right where God wants us! 

1 Timothy 6:6 Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment. 

I just want to say THANK YOU…because I can never say it enough…to everyone that is partnering with us financially and prayerfully! I love to see how God uses the family of Christ! Because of your obedience to Him, we are able to serve Him here in Swaziland. We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else! 



 One of my favorite days of the week is Thursday morning, where we have our staff Bible study in our home.  One of our greatest passions is our Swazi staff. We work with AMAZING brothers and sisters in Christ! It has been so great to study the book of Ephesians together. Our prayer for our staff is that we would have unity, as the body of Christ, and be imitators of God.  (In the picture below we are missing two of our staff) 

Ephesians 4:4-6 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 



 In the 6 months that we have been here we have seen many highs and lows. We have grieved with those that grieve and rejoiced with those that rejoice. We have shed many tears of heartbreak and joy. We have experienced spiritual warfare like never before but we have also seen God answer prayer and move in ways that seem impossible to us. (I will share more in detail in our next blog) Through it all we have seen and experienced God’s faithfulness like never before. In the valleys and mountain tops, He remains faithful. In the joys and challenges, He has always shown His face. Our God is faithful! 

This has been my prayer for our family…

Romans 12:9-12 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 









Give Thanks in ALL Circumstances

So often in life we forget about the common, every day generosity of our heavenly Father.   I am not talking about how thankful we should be for the amazing truth and blessing of the gift of righteousness He has given us through His Son Jesus Christ, but rather the physical things that we have that we usually do not think twice about.   This is the reality that I was faced with just a couple of weeks ago.    The staff here in Nsoko had the opportunity to visit a few of our local families, and deliver some of our extra mattresses that were no longer in use at our team house.   As we pull up to these homes, more times than not we are met with the rush of happy children, some naked, some clothed, and are invited into their humble homes.   Homes that they are very proud of.   As we sit in these homes, you realize that we are sitting on a dirt floor covered with pieces of linoleum, straw mats and anything that can cover these hard surfaces to give a little more comfort and cleanliness.   You sit in these homes where many will curl up and sleep for the night on this solid surface, realizing that the rays of sunlight light that are seeping into the dimly lit structure are not from windows strategically placed to give a nice view or look to the house, but rather because the walls and roof are filled with holes throughout.   Holes that will function as open flowing faucets when the intense blowing storms hit during this rainy season that we are currently in.   As we stay and talk, the joy in their faces can be seen as they share how grateful and extremely thankful they are for this gift of a mattress, a mattress that you would not even consider putting on your bed, giving praise to God for His provision.   I share all of this not to bring guilt into your life for the stuff that you have, but rather to encourage you as He has encouraged me.  I challenge you to continually thank God for the every day gifts that He has so generously given you.   The not so simple fact that you are able to curl up into a bed that is most likely layered with comfortable sheets, blankets and pillows, under a roof that will probably not leak if a heavy storm hits, or possibly blow over if the winds get too strong, is something that you should not take credit for.  This is purely the work of God and can be taken away at any moment.  Just as Paul learned to be content and thankful in times of plenty and in times of need, so must we model this mindset.  Thank God for all of this, and pray for those who do not have these.  Pray that God will provide for their needs, and that in His provision, His love and grace can be shared, seen and accepted.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  Do not quench the Spirit.

1 Thessalonians 5:16 – 19

Many blessings,


Our First Holidays in Swazi

Wow! Are we really coming to the end of 2014?? This year has flown by and especially these last few months.

We had a great first Christmas here in Swaziland! One of the things I love most about Swazi culture, especially during the Christmas season, is the slower pace of life. It has been amazing for our family to just “BE”… be together, be still and quiet and see God in the little things. The things we normally miss when our schedules are full and we’re rushing here, there, and everywhere, especially during the Christmas season.

Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted among the earth.

On Christmas Day, it was HOT. It’s so different being in shorts and t-shirts during Christmas time. We were able to get together with our fellow missionaries in Manzini and all the kids swam. I’m so thankful for our family of believers we have here in Swazi. We have been able to keep old traditions and make new ones. I am so very thankful for technology and even though we are thousands of miles away from our friends and families, we were still able to “see” them!














Here are a few pics from our first Thanksgiving as well. We had an amazing world race team here and with our ministry staff and fellow Nsoko missionaries there were 40+ people. It was great!