Report from Africa #1
We are finally back in Africa. The smells, bird calls, familiar roads and friends are so welcoming. New stories of accidents on the road as we traveled to White River. Catching up with ministry friends is so pleasant and enjoyable. It settles our hearts and fills our souls with fresh excitement. What is God going to do this time?
We moved into our home away from home and began to settle in. It feels so natural and memorable to both of us. We looked at each other and embraced knowing God has come before us.
Then we had dinner with our hosts and laughed, joked and updated one another on the events in our lives. It feels so much like family that it is hard to describe.
Then they began to tell us a story about our apartment upstairs. They had a guest stay in the upstairs flat that we have come to feel is home. He was having a very difficult meeting with his father who had molested his sisters. The hard discussions were shattering to his heart and painful to hear. It would be the final meeting between the father and son. The father has since passed. Broken and weeping he went into the bathroom and washed his tears and face. Among the sobs he looked at the mirror and saw a scripture verse that Cathy had placed on the glass last year during our visit. We had neglected to remove the post it note when we left in December.
It was from the book of Job and had been an encouragement to us on many occasions. It says, He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. Job 8:21 Pain and brokenness can be an overwhelming boulder on our hearts. God’s Word has been the balance that has lifted that weight so many times during our life. It was a strong reminder that you never know how God will use your daily life in the lives of others.
Today Cathy has gone to Swaziland with Ronas and Busie Marule. They are going to take a volunteer, Joanna Russell, to the home of Numsa Lukele. She will spend the next week with Numsa serving her and the orphans of Kaphunga. Her excitement radiated as they left this morning. We talked last night and her dreams and hopes blossomed in Technicolor before us. It is such a joy to see that excitement.
Pray as Joanna spends the week in Swaziland and we begin ministering to others in Mpumalanga. Ministry will often come from an angle you never expect. Thank you for sending us.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.