Wednesday, September 25, 2013
The enemy is also trying to tear me down by bringing up my mistakes; people I've hurt and who've hurt me within relationships. Sometimes it's too much to bear and I get discouraged. I read in God's word that "to wait upon him" in it's original form means that you stand in the midst of trials and challenges and say, "God I will trust you to bring me strength! I will keep standing!" Classroom management as well as teaching is often a struggle and constant reminder of my desire to invest in my own further training. I have hope that (even though this is not one of my natural gifts) God will and does give me what I need to fulfill my task here. I have renewed strength day by day, I can put extra effort in and learn what it takes to finish the race He's put before me.
I know my Father is preparing me for the gift of marriage. I see a wife's role as a support, holding up not only her husband but her children and those around her. She must be well-gifted in many things, whatever it is that those around her need. In other words she must be VERY dependent on the Holy Spirit, her comforter, her advocate, her counselor, her strength. (John 14) Like Paul, she must be "all things to all people" that she might in some ways save some. (1 Corinthians 9).
It's certainly eye-opening to be enlightened of the enormous barriers in this culture around marriage and safe sex. The kids informed me of family traditions – an uncle having sex with his young niece before she's married, or a young couple being charged enormous amounts for marriage, making it impossible. One of my girls said she only knows one married couple doing well and enjoying it. Yikes! I would not want to be a teen here. Men of God, wherever you are, be encouraged, keep holy, and be a great example to the boys around you. You are REALLY valuable and incredibly useful in this world. Thanks:)
These are some of the girls (Monica, Elizabeth and Claudia) who lead worship this week and last week. It's a little more practice and organization on my part; but as the women and children in Nehemiah 12, I am rejoicing for God makes me rejoice with great joy. The joy of Jericho was heard afar off!!! When talking to one young man after school Tuesday afternoon, he said; were you guys worshiping this morning? I heard Lord I lift your name on High and Everlasting God from my house. That was certainly from "afar." I'm blessed every time the children make an extra effort and show a desire to worship our maker.
Pray to God our Master for confidence and ultimate leadership for the kids and purity in their own lifestyles as they gain experience.
Pray to the Rock of Ages for my physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
Pray to God our Advocate for healing Rejoice and baby Mikayla.
Pray for an abundance of blessing for LWCC and the mission night's success in October.
Taste and see the goodness of Jehovah Jireh who has opened the door again for Riaan to return to chef school. Pray for dedication and encouragement for him.
Praise the sovereign over all creation for rain that he's pouring on Namibia now and for people stay well in the cold.
Praise the Mighty Rock for provisions in keeping the school open next year; pray for continued provision and support from teachers/staff/parents.
I praise the name of the Most High for using you tremendously to connect to and support Arandis during this time. May He deal bountifully with you, His servant that you may live and keep His word. Psalm 119:17
Monday, September 2, 2013
Imagine these words in a blues tone being sung by some teens with beautifully trained voices. Auntie Fabiola works weekly to train these young girls and they learn a wide assortment of music, but what they may not know is that their song reaches the heavens and ministers to His people here who are stuck so very low in their issues.
I am amazed more and more each day at the Truth of God's word and how much he blesses those who diligently seek him! (Psalm 119) I'm impressed with how much character is in fact built through various trials (James 1) and how you are blessed when you can endure ridicule and judgmental people (Matthew 5). I am astounded by our God of justice and compassion each time He fights on the behalf of one of his precious children here in Arandis. I know it sounds general but there are specific incidents daily of which I'm made aware of His goodness over and over. When we pray, He really does listen – when we call, He really does answer and that is wonderful!
Ismael – whom I was taking care of this holiday thanked me on the last evening for praying that he'll draw closer to the Lord because it was working. I was about to question him about this prayer when he said, "I know you've been praying, God keeps calling to me to come closer. What should I do when I feel him speaking to me to come closer?" Open His word my dear boy and listen to all the words He's already spoken. I love to have one on one time with the kids and He provided several opportunities for Ismael to spend time with men. It makes perfect sense for him not to be comfortable with men as he's always around woman and children. He made this very clear when I proposed him with the idea God gave me and told him about these men that wanted to spend time with him. After each interaction, either with Brother Cyprian, Brother Richard from the Church in Arandis, or on Skype with a Brother back home; he came back refreshed and so very grateful for the opportunity. One day we (well, I) lost his dog. We spent the afternoon looking for him. Ismael didn't think we'd find him, so why look because he's a cute little dog that was most likely stolen. I said, well we have to do our part and then trust God to do His. Ismael then interrupted with, "seek and you will find!" I agreed. We searched every street in Arandis. We didn't find him, he was gone, there is no way that tiny dog could have lasted even overnight. We had to leave town the next day on the bus for our visit to Rehoboth to see Smithley, his brother. The next day I called the family coordinator about the Auntie who had also been beyond our reach and she informed me that because we had been looking, asking around about the dog, someone "found" him and brought him back! I called Ismael at the Auntie and Uncle's house in Rehoboth to inform him of the news. He said, "Ms Anna, that's great news, right? Our God is alive!" The Auntie and Uncle there have such a big heart for these kids and they really loved Ismael, Auntie was crying as she handed him his container full of fat cakes (small soft roles fried and glazed with sugar) and we were driving away with Ismael. Coming home, Ismael asked if he could move in with them and go to school in Rehoboth next year. Lord, your will be done!
God has blessed me with 12 more weeks here. I have the privilege of working with several who are being raised up in worship. I look forward to meeting with them more regularly. There was a day during the holiday where I just asked them to close their eyes and sing a very familiar song for worship; but to not look around and mean every word coming from their mouth. I am telling you - within five minutes, there were deeper levels of worship they had never experienced. I could see the teenage insecurities just disappearing and their praise going right up to the Father. It's so simple, "I lift up my hands, standing unashamed, I worship you Father, exalting your name. You've captured my heart, now my life has changed..." but it's not something that can be set up, only my God can do that! I could have stayed in that room forever.
Please pray for self-control and discipline to be faithful to drawing near to Him daily so the devil does not have any place in their lives. Unity among the body of Christ here – both in the Church and Children of Promise. All people working together will love each other and move beyond offenses to further His kingdom. Health for Ms Nan and Elizabeth. A FATHER and MOTHER within a loving home for Ismael, Brendan and Annalisa. Guidance for Auntie S and all her children looking ahead to the future. A principle and more volunteer teachers for TKCA next year. Thank God for his tremendous support and for those he's put in our lives to pray for us and get us through difficult times.
Growing up, I was surrounded by Godly people showing me who God is and instructing me on worship; it's sad to think these kids have not had this privilege. It's the very purpose for my existence, for the rest of my days, I will love God and direct people to Him. Wherever I am, in whatever form it takes, as I have been guided, I will help to train and mentor others into living a life of worship.
I want to leave you with this precious thought: Give Thanks to God! He always leads us in the winners' parade because we belong to Christ. Through us, God spreads the knowledge of Christ everywhere like perfume. God considers us to be the sweet smell that Christ is spreading among people who are being saved and people who are dying. (2 Corinthians 2:14-16) You are children that God dearly loves. So be just like him. Lead a life of love, just as Christ did. He loved us. He gave himself up for us. he was a sweet smelling offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:1-2)
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Sunday, July 7, 2013
- Children playing the guitar and leading worship to have more knowledge of His presence and character and love Him as they sing to Him.
- Guarding our hearts because it's the wellspring of life.
- Provision and father's for our children.
- Wisdom for the ministry in the months ahead.
- Health and unity for all the directors.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
After the wedding I took a deep breath and was able to connect with friends from my church family at Chestnut Hill Chapel and Light of the World Christian Church. In sharing pictures and telling stories about the first term of the 2013 school year and what God has done in the families and all the lives of the children of COPM and Talitha Kumi Christian - despite my changing teaching posistion and hectic schedule - I was energized, excited and motivated for a few more months of service in the great nation of Namibia.
I enjoyed my stay at home and was ready to return last week but by God's perfect plan I was delayed and now have a few more weeks at home with my family. I was graciously offered a few hours at Curves of Amherst - a place of previous employment as a Fitness Trainer and some generous friends and family contributed to help me raise money to take the kids on some community service trips when I return. I've been blessed beyond belief by many...Thanks to Jeff, two Diane's, Mom and Dad Gdanian, Emily, Faye, Josiah, Lorraine and Alden, Laurie and many others who are faithfully contributing to my life and needs in Arandis. Our children are on the receiving end of a lot of blessings and it would be neat for them to do something to serve the people who help them.
One of my goals in serving in Namibia was - yes to help out - but most importantly to connect other people and resources to meet the needs of these people in Namibia and to let God do a work in me to "Make Me His Servant" to make me "Humble and Meek." and my prayer is always "That Lord I may lift up those who are weak." A huge answer to prayer this year is that a friend of mine Kayla who is an experienced, talented, creative teacher and woman of God will be heading over to arrive before me in June and teach for one month for her first time in Namibia. There's also team of all young Men from YWAM Youth with a Mission, Pittsburgh - the school I attended in 2005 heading over there in a few weeks for just over two months. I'm so excited for these connections and for our young boys to have Godly examples to follow.