Today marks three months since we left South Africa. Ironically, it also marks what would have been our first year there. We’re still unsure of what happened. Why we were asked to come and why we were suddenly asked to leave. Only God knows the answer to that question.
We struggled so hard to know how to respond. We struggled if we should respond to anything. But in the end I think all we can say is that we did our best despite the issues we faced. Did we do everything perfect? Did we make mistakes? I’m sure we did, but it could have turned out differently if things were handled differently - in love rather than indifference. We were never informed of any specific errors or problems, just handed our walking papers.
Despite this we know we worked as the Lord led us to work, we worked with the resources available, we worked with the obstacles we encountered and God blessed and we saw souls saved. We believe this was the most important thing and the sole purpose of us going to South Africa. As Kevin and I discuss our work there we recount the students who’s lives we saw change because of the Lord’s love in them. We saw them make a decision to tell the truth when it benefited them nothing. We saw them apologize for their error in judgement, when the only reward was a “thank you”. We saw them gather with no incentive but to learn more about God. And we rest on that. We rest on the fact that God used us, and at the end of the day, THAT is all that matters.
We are still waiting upon the Lord for our next “assignment”. While Kevin was not able to return to AT&T, they did graciously extend his leave for another year. So should his position be available again it will be easier to step back in. We are also in the process of applying with an established youth organization that looks promising. And we’ve got plenty of applications floating around. But as many of you know it’s been difficult to get anything.
We are so thankful and blessed that my parents have graciously allowed us to live at their house until we are able to support ourselves once again. If not for them, I don’t know where we would be. Probably living in one of those tent cities popping up everywhere. Emily is always asking to go camping…
We just wanted to thank everyone for the opportunity to serve our Lord in South Africa. Thank you for your prayers, support, love, and confidence in our abilities and calling. We are thankful to our Lord and Savior that He blessed us with the opportunity to share His love and salvation with the children in Mitchells Plain. We do miss them, especially those that grew close to our hearts. We’re just saddened by the fact that we won’t be able to further nurture the new hope they have found in Christ. We pray that our sudden departure hasn’t effect their new relationship with Him. Our hope is that our love for them, our treatment of them, our excitement over their decision to follow Christ will be enough to encourage them not to allow these bumps in life to sway them from His love, His hope and His truths.
We are most thankful for all the notes of encouragement that we received upon the news of our leaving. Especially from the parents of some of the children we were blessed to come to know. We do not look at this as a failure, for we are confident that God did not send us to Mitchells Plain to fail. We do not look at this as a waste of our time nor money, for God’s work is never a waste. We look at this as lessons learned and most importantly as obedience to the One who called us.
We may never know why we were sent home after only seven months, but we know God is faithful. We know He is trustworthy and we can only lean on Him and not our own understanding.
So with much regard, a final farewell to all things South Africa, and looking ahead to what’s to come…
Kevin, Holly, Emily & Katie