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.