Moving Forward with a Bigger Family

I am sitting here trying to think of how to express in words the emotions and feelings that have been felt during our time on furlough, and it’s hard to believe that it has now been 73 days since we were on Swazi soil. Time has flown by, and now we only have 18 more days until we arrive once again in the place we call home. Just like when we first moved to Swaziland, we really had no idea what to expect during our time in North America. You always kind of think you do, but you never truly do until you experience it. We have had an incredible time seeing family and friends, and although at times things have been a whirlwind, hectic and semi-organized chaos, it has truly been refreshing and energising to our spirits as we have spent dear time with people we love and cherish so much. One thing that Charity and I have continued to say throughout, is that we feel so loved and supported by so many through the extreme generosity of people who know us well, and those who don’t really know us at all. It has been an amazing testament to the body of Christ, and we sincerely thank each and every one of you. On the other side, we have truly missed those in Swaziland who are now such an important part of our family. It’s inevitable, whether we are on one side of the world or the other, we will now be missing those who are dear to us. I recently heard someone say that in many ways sending people to the distant mission field is in essence putting them in the offering plate and allowing God to use them as He will. What incredible imagery. This is something we must do in our own lives as well as we desire to be used by God where He has taken us. Moving us to Swaziland has pulled us away from being closer to family and friends in North America, but it has taken us to a place where our family has increased more than we ever thought possible. I truly believe that this is what Jesus was meaning when He said this in Mark Chapter 10 verses 29 through 31, “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” When we left our home in Augusta, Georgia, our family grew as we made our home in Nsoko, Swaziland, meeting many and developing close relationships with those whom He brought into our life. We are truly thankful to The Lord for this.

As we head back, we are anticipating great things. Why shouldn’t we? We serve a God who has limitless capabilities, and His steadfast love endures forever (Psalm 136). Through the thick and thin God will never let us down, and He will always be on our side. So we move into this next season of life with an unwavering confidence that this is true.

Please pray for us as we continue to be a part of His work in Swaziland.

2 Years and counting…

We’ve now been in Canada visiting family and sharing the message of God’s faithfulness in Swaziland for almost 3 weeks now. We will soon be travelling to visit more family and friends in the U.S.A. to do the same. As we reflect, it is absolutely astounding to realise that we have already lived in Swaziland for pushing 2 years now, and that is truly a testament to our ever-faithful God. It seems so long ago when I, Stephen, came for the first time to this part of the world that now holds so many precious things that are so dear to our hearts. Little did we know that that first trip was going to lead to so many blessings. From the sugar cane fields, to the communities we serve in. From the drought scorched ground to the heavy summer rains (Lord wiling). From the cool crisp starry nights, to the intense heat of the day. From the great challenges we face in ministry, to our absolutely amazing RESILIENT staff. To the family and friendships we have now formed. We truly feel blessed to serve God in Nsoko, Swaziland.

As we sit and think back to the process it took to actually move to Swaziland, and the financial provision of the Lord through the many obedient people that were needed, the task truly seems daunting and tiring. In many ways you could say that it was, but one thing is for sure, our assurance, trust and belief that God would provide the finances, resilience, relationships and love for this land did not waver, and HE did not let us down. He is a faithful God, and when He calls us, He will provide all that we need. Often times it can be easy to only think of God’s provision as food, money, clothing and a roof over our heads. The stuff that we can physically touch and feel, but His provisions go so much deeper than that. God provides for all areas of our life, physical, spiritual, emotional, relational, developmental, experiential. The list could go on. God desires to grow and teach us as we serve in, and for, His Kingdom. Through our first 2 years, it has been evident that He has been faithful in doing this, in the life of our family, in so many ways. How fortunate we are to serve a God that is ALL-KNOWING, because all too often we think we know what we need, but more times than not, we have no clue at all. There have been so many amazing stories, and incredible moments where everything seemed to align, and go smooth, but when I look at how far we the Spragg family, and we the Nsoko staff family have come these past two years, the majority of our growth and development has come through the extremely challenging times. You never truly desire to have to endure through these challenges and struggles, but when by the strength God has given to His children we do, the abundance of the fruit is evident. We have learnt, and continue to learn, that no matter what God allows us to go through, whether times of plenty or times of need, we can trust in The Almighty no matter what. He truly is the only thing in this life that will NEVER let us down. As we desire to serve Him in Swaziland for the next 50 years, we must never forget this.

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. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it. Brothers, pray for us.

1 Thessalonians 5:16 – 25

We ask that you will be praying for us, as we continue on in this journey, and push forward to another two years. What He will do and accomplish, we won’t know until we get there, but the anticipation is exciting!

God we praise You because You are a great, great God! You never fail us, and You never let us down! Thank you Father for Your never-ceasing provisions for all areas of our life.






Mission Field

Hello Everyone!

Can I just say, Wow! I cannot believe we are at the end of February in 2016! Time is flying by! It’s hard to believe that we are nearing our 18 month mark of living in Swaziland.

So much has changed in those 18 months. We aren’t the same people that left nearly 18 months ago to move to Swaziland. God has grown and challenged us in ways we never knew before. We have grown personally, spiritually, our family has literally grown in numbers…whether that is permanently or just for a season, only God knows and we  are trusting in His sovereignty. Our siSwati is continuing to grow. I love to hear our kids just naturally speaking a word or phrase in siSwati, like its just second nature. For example…if someone gets hurt, they immediately say, “Ncesi sisi or Ncesi bhuti”…which is sorry my sister or sorry my brother, a very common thing to say here. Or if it’s hot out saying, “Eish kuyashisa”, or if they would like water to drink, “ngicela emanti”. I love to just listen to them while they are playing…whether its with baby dolls or action figures and they are speaking siSwati for their toys. Just a couple of examples…. I know we don’t speak it perfectly and I seriously don’t think I will ever get all the crazy clicks down but its becoming the norm to hear siSwati and English spoken in our house. My favorite thing of all is to hear them pray in siSwati…

“Thula. Vala emahlo.  Siyabonga Nkulunkulu kudla.  Siyabonga babe, make, Hannah, Luke, Titus, Busanda and B.  Siyabonga tinja.  Ngiyakutsandza Jesu.”

“Quiet. Close your eyes. Thank You God for this food. Thank You for Daddy, Mommy, Hannah, Luke, Titus, Busanda and B. Thank You for our dogs. I love You Jesus.”

There’s just something about hearing your kids pray in the native language, that we are all desperate to learn, of the country that God has called us to serve Him in…that just makes my heart overflow with joy.

 It’s funny the things that we see or our kids say that are completely normal to us now. For example, our one gas station has no gas or we go to buy electricity and they are out. Our normal “traffic” consists of cows, goats, donkeys or even monkeys or my favorite…. the crazy amount of African wildlife we see just by driving down the road…. I don’t think that will ever be just “normal” to me. It is awesome!  If we are going somewhere the kids will ask if we are crossing the border and if we need our passports.  They’re constantly asking for raw sugar cane to eat…which since the drought has been few and far between.


As many things that have become normal to us since living here for nearly 18 months, we, as a family, are now adjusting to a new normal. If you follow us on social media at all then you know a new face as been making an appearance in our pictures and you have “met” Busanda. (Out of respect for her families privacy I won’t go into detail about her history.) She came to stay with us in November, and has stolen our hearts. She is 5 years old. Her and Titus are only 2 months apart….yea this is as close as we’ve ever been to raising twins and we started at age 5…Lets just say I have real respect for parents of multiples out there.🙂     It really has been an amazing transition where she truly does fit into our family and I see God’s hands all over it…but it has still been a transition nonetheless.  I am now homeschooling 4 kids and did I mention when she moved in she knew NO English. Yes, we have some hilarious crazy stories for sure and also some sad ones. I will say nothing makes you learn siSwati faster then having someone live in your house that doesn’t speak English….although she seems to be picking up English quite easily. She’s one smart girl! We would love to make her a permanent part of our family. We don’t know what the future holds but we know God knows the desires He has put in our hearts and we are praying and trusting in a faithful Father.

On a less permanent note…we are also watching a precious, sweet 13 month old, Biyelwe, also known as B. We are watching her so her mom can go back to school. Her mom is so very smart but lost all hope of finishing school when she got pregnant and had to drop out.  We have had her since mid-January and watch her Sunday night through Friday afternoon.  What’s crazy to me is how easily we can forget the previous stages of our kids…like the baby/toddler stage…maybe that’s because we were so sleep deprived and just in survival mode that whole time  or the amount of poop and spit up we had to clean up we subconsciously  blocked it from our memory…or maybe that’s just for us moms that had kids so close in age…haha…those of you who are beginning to wonder if I really enjoyed our kids baby stages, I did…no worries!  :)  So we once again find ourselves buying diapers, getting bottles ready and remembering…but sometimes forgetting…a diaper bag on our way out the door.  I love seeing the difference in cultures when it comes to raising babies….no one culture does it perfectly…there are pros and cons for sure. We love having B here, the kids absolutely adore her.


So since we have been here our family has grown from 3 kids to 5 kids. (during the week that is) It now takes us a little longer to leave the house, I’m cooking bigger meals, school is sometimes interrupted by diaper changes and bottle feedings or little squabbles, sometimes when everyone decides to talk at once the noise level reaches a new high I didn’t even know existed, and I’ve been behind on my blogging but this right here…my home, my marriage, my kids….this is my biggest mission field. Someone once told us to always remember:  your work, your ministry can always go on without you but your family cannot. What are your priorities?  If you go through your life pouring yourself into your job or even your ministry but fail to pour into your marriage or to disciple your own children, I believe you have missed the mark…. By discipling our children we will raise up warriors for Christ and send them out as disciple makers…to their schools, their sports teams, and across oceans.










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.