Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.i
How many times have we made plans and watched God alter the steps. We found ourselves coming to Africa almost a month early. God took our plans and flipped them from October to June. A planned visit to Mpumalanga was moved from July to late August. A later visit to Amathunzi was moved from October to June.
We find ourselves filling a void while Rolf Weichardt and Buyela are ministering in America. Volunteer students from Germany need training, Bible Study and guidance. Cathy assists Lizzie Weichardt with various duties around Amathunzi and we blend in as if we were members of the family.
Old friends come and greet us. The zebras, elands, dogs, workers and neighbors acknowledge our presence. The little Cottage, that has become a second home to us, was a warm welcoming sight as we walked in. One of the workers brought us a loaf of freshly cooked bread.
Several times a week we are investing our lives, our understanding of God’s Word and experience in ministry with a group of young people who are experiencing a mission experience for the first time. They minister to farm children at the local schools. Their hunger for the Bible has been heartwarming. Their questions seem endless and their desire to meet has grown.
This week we sat in the Cottage at Amathunzi with the wind blowing, rain blasting and a cold that seems to sink all the way to the bones. Winter is here blowing from the Cape of Good Hope with a relentless fury. There is no fireplace but there is a nice warm blanket! We sat and smiled at one another and watched an old black and white detective movie from the thirties on our computer.
Understanding the steps of God can confuse the most astute gumshoe like Charlie Chan. Thank you for your prayer and support. You have made us flexible as God establishes our steps. The warmth of being in God’s will radiates from our hearts!
Cathy and Danny Sartin
i See ver 1; See Job 33:29; See Ps 90:12
The New International Version. (2011). (Pr 16:9). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.