I started to turn right onto the road as a walker came in front of the car. Walkers are everywhere in Africa. But this one caught my eye because of the live chicken under her right arm. Bags on her head, in her hands and the chicken peering from under her arm.
We become comfortable with Africa the longer we stay. At the same time we see things which clearly reflect the beauty and uniqueness of the Dark Continent.
Cathy and I came over a small rise and sitting on the left side of the road was a cheetah. We stopped and he took no notice of us. He continued to scan the bush around us for any movement by others.
Slowly the sleek cat walked toward the road and found a puddle of water to stop and drink. Every few seconds he would lift his head and turn all directions looking for prey.
We took pictures and video as the beautiful animal refreshed himself. It was only us and the magnificent cat for an extended time. We could hardly believe what we were able to experience. Refreshed he walked past us and carefully disappeared into the bush.
Cathy and I took a few days away to refresh ourselves in the Kruger National Park. It was a special birthday present for Cathy. We were able to see lions, leopards, rhino, elephants and buffalo on many occasions. We saw the big five several times over those wonderful few days. That included leopard cubs coming from their den to wait for their mother in the early morning light. Watching them play with one another. What a gift!
Native Africans were astounded at our stories, pictures and the large number of special sightings we had during our visit. It is as if God gave us a special tour of His creation over that time.
At the same time we have found ourselves connecting with the lives of numerous people everywhere we go. Cathy has spent time counseling, praying and caring for the hearts of several new friends. It seems we go nowhere without God connecting us with someone new. We went to a hair salon to get haircuts and the stylist sought additional time to talk further about life and the issues she faces. She said, God sent you to me today and I sensed it when you came in the shop.
Out time with missionaries has been very interesting. One is having a wonderful time of growth and significant effectiveness. Another is under pressure with low funds, personnel issues and energy draining problems. A third is in a struggle with their mission agency. Most importantly most of them are overwhelmed with activity and wading through urgent matters on a continual basis.
Tomorrow I preach at a small village church in Khanysani. I was deeply touched by their ministry to orphans in the area. I can’t wait to see them tomorrow. Cathy will be attending another church to connect with a lady who has sought her counsel. We would appreciate your specific prayers on Sunday.
The next two weeks are full of counseling, teaching, training and preaching among various groups. Next weekend we travel several hours to conduct Bible Studies with pastors and speak in a very remote church. We are going with a missionary family on this trip.
Thank you for the careful attention you give to our encouragement and spiritual stability. Those prayers you lift for us sustain our hearts during busy times physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
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.