Our Blog

Good morning friends!  So here is our blog. We’ve never blogged before so just bear with us, as we are newbies when it comes to blogging! 🙂 We are very excited to be able to share with you all about our journey and all that God is doing. You can read about our family, the calling that God has put on our hearts and how to partner with us in giving and updates as we are moving along in this process.  Most importantly though, we covet your prayers.  James 5:16b The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 

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Our Call

It has been two and a half years since God started directing our hearts, thoughts, prayers and attention towards Swaziland, Africa. He has filled our hearts with a love for the people of that country. The journey that He has, and is, taking us on has been incredible. Praise God for His sovereign hand as He orchestrates and directs our paths. It’s funny, because although Charity and I have always had a heart for missions, we have never had any desire to go to Africa. God, who works in wondrous and mysterious ways, obviously had another plan. Jim Elliot, a Christian missionary to Ecuador, was extremely sure of his calling to bring Jesus to the lost of that country. This is seen in his quote from the book Through the Gates of Splendor, “I am as sure of my calling to Ecuador, as I am of my salvation”. As Charity and I have prayed through this major decision in the life of our family, we can now echo the sure words of Jim Elliot. We are as sure of our calling to Swaziland, as we are of our salvation.

Swaziland is a country of great contrast. As you look around, there is a natural beauty as far as the eye can see, and you are greeted by the people with warmth and friendliness. The children show contentment and thankfulness for the simplest of things, and reveal a genuine care and devotion to the needs of each other. In the midst of this, there is darkness and despair in numerous ways. It is a country that has the highest prevalent rate of HIV in the world (26.5% of the population), a 40% unemployment rate, 80% of the population subsisting on less than US$2 per day, an average life expectancy of 50 and a substantial problem with alcohol abuse. It has a population of around 1.4 million people, with 36.9 % under the age of 14, totaling to roughly 518,000 kids in this age bracket. A large portion of this number is either at risk or orphaned.

As a result of all of this, and many other reasons than mentioned, God has put a sense of urgency in our hearts to move over there. We are being sent out from our church, Warren Baptist, through Adventures in Missions (AIM). Our desire is to partner with, and serve along side of Christ’s church that is already there and established. In doing this, our goal is to live in, and be a part of the people/ culture of that country. Just as Jesus was fully God, He was also fully man, and took on the culture in which His Father sent Him. He learned the culture and lived among the people, and although it will be extremely difficult and challenging to break out of our learned cultural tendencies, by His strength in us we will be able to do the same. Our hope and prayer is that we will be able to build a home so that we are able to live amongst the people. This will not only cut down our cost of living, but will also help to build greater unity with the people. Learning the language will also be of utmost importance to us, as this is critical in being able to share the gospel to all without hindrance of tongue. Although many of the children and people already know English in addition to their native tongue, siSwati, many do not speak English. Our plan is to hire a native Swazi, who will teach us how to speak their language.

In the Nsoko area, there are eleven care points that AIM currently oversees. At these care points, many children from the community come to get a meal. Although feeding these kids is important, as God commands us to look after the orphans (James 1: 27), this time of gathering is used to give the children Godly discipleship. This is done by an amazing AIM staff who are Swazi nationals. In addition to shepherding and loving these care points, God has put a desire in our heart to see the adult generations of Swaziland reached for Christ as well, and come to a maturity in Him (Ephesians 4).

We ask that you would partner with us in prayer for the people of Swaziland. That our hearts would grow together, even as we are a part. We are trusting and praying that God’s Word will go forth and produce fruit (Isaiah 55: 10 – 11). We know that this will be a very trying, difficult and joyful time, and are expectant of the spiritual warfare that will most assuredly come (Is. 41: 10; 1 Peter 4: 12 – 19). So please be in prayer for our family, that God would grant us greater faith and unity daily, and that our hearts would be unified with His body overseas, and here in North America.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

Where Feet May Fail

Where Feet May Fail’ was taken from the song Oceans, from the album Zion, by Hillsong United.   It was in 2013 when we first heard the song, and for a while God had been stirring our hearts, challenging us to step out of our comfort zone.   The lyrics resonated with our desire to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord (Col. 1: 9 – 12).   It became the prayer of our heart, and that was the year God confirmed our call to long-term missions in Nsoko, Swaziland.   Charity and I pray that we are a family that lives out the truth of the Scripture, completely trusting in God no matter where His Spirit leads us.  We cannot be frightened to step out of the boat, and in to the rough storms that will inevitably come.   In Psalm 23, God promises to lead us in paths of righteousness, and in that leading, we will end up in the valley of the shadow of death, but we must not fear because He is with us.  So, when we step in faith, ‘Where Feet May Fail’, we must step with our eyes firmly fixed on Him, knowing that He is there with us, and is in sovereign control of the storm.   It is here, and only here, will we find true, complete and continual joy in our lives.   When, wherever we are, daily we are walking ‘Where Feet May Fail’ trusting solely in the power and strength of The One who called us, is sustaining us, and is completing His work in and through us, His bride.   Praise God for calling all of His children to walk ‘Where Feet May Fail’, providing us with the strength of His Son to take the steps to do His work.   So to us, ‘Where Feet May Fail’, is not just a single action at any given point of time, but rather it is a way of life.

Oceans (Where feet may fail)

You call me out upon the waters

The great unknown where feet may fail

And there I find you in the mystery

In oceans deep

My faith will stand

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And I will call upon Your name

And keep my eyes above the waves

When oceans rise

My soul will rest in Your embrace

For I am Yours and You are mine

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Your grace abounds in deepest waters

Your sovereign hand

Will be my guide

Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me

You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

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So I will call upon Your Name

And keep my eyes above the waves

When oceans rise

My soul will rest in Your embrace

For I am Yours and You are mine

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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

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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

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