It's time to say farewell to 2022. In many ways, it has been a difficult year. There were so many setbacks, mishaps, changed plans, and roadblocks. There were times that we were frustrated. There were times that we were discouraged. And, through it all, God is faithful. He is patient and always working on our behalf... even when it's hard for us to see. We have learned SO much this year- about building, about septic systems, about security, about community, and about trusting God's heart and knowing with certainty that He is busy at work with a good plan at the same time realizing that we may not see evidence of that work until we can look back and see how the seemingly unrelated pieces have fit perfectly together.
As we look back over the year, one of the things that so clearly demonstrates God's hand working on our behalf is the emergence of a strong local network. We have prayed for strong reciprocal relationships here. When we first moved here to Rustenburg, our close friendships were born from relationships with other American missionaries. Over the years, God has moved people around, and there have been fewer and fewer American families living in Rustenburg. Over the past 2 years, and especially this year, as we walked through the building process, we met some people who have not only been incredibly helpful in the work of the ministry, but they have also become good friends.
There have been many other ways that God has shown His faithfulness as we have faithfully followed Him. However, I also have other things I want to share with you... like pictures! (Pictures of our Hope Church Christmas give-away will come at the end.)
As you close out 2022, I hope that you are also able to look back and see some of the ways that God went before you- preparing your way or preparing you for the challenge!