Thank you so much for all of your prayers. After nearly 24 hours of travel, we arrived late Wednesday night. Since then, we have had a few days to rest and spend time with Jon’s sister, Christine, and her husband, Kevin. We thank the Lord for safe travels and a good transition.
Today (Monday), is the first day of the annual ZEMA missionary conference, which is being held at Sunbury Camp. This camp is operated by ZEMA and is located about 40 miles north of Durban. It has been great to see all of the ZEMA missionaries in attendance and to hear about what the Lord is doing in each of their ministry locations.
One missionary said that the amazing success he is seeing is not because of his own initiatives, but because of the spiritual hunger of the amaZioni there who are seeking his help with understanding the Bible. ZEMA missionaries are blessed by the fact that many amaZioni are asking to be taught the Bible. As we continue to get to know many of the ZEMA missionaries, we are so thankful to see how humble, diligent and hard-working they are. It is also great to see how well the missionaries are working together, which is certainly a factor of the mission’s growth and effectiveness in preaching the gospel and making disciples among the amaZioni.
On Sunday, Lauren and I will be traveling about seven hours north-west by car with the Kuehl family to Johannesburg. They will be helping us get established in the country. We also will be taking a rigorous Xhosa language course there for the next few months until we move to King William’s Town in March. Thank you again for all of your prayers. They are greatly appreciated.