2018 has begun with a flurry of activity and Michelle and I find ourselves in our new chapter of life in Johannesburg, South Africa. After 11 years of ministry in Dakar, Senegal we have moved on to a regional role with the Nazarene Church. Somehow we went from the youngest missionaries in Kenya almost 20 years ago, to one of the oldest missionaries still in the game here in Africa. We believe that God has taught us many things through both good and bad days and today we hope those experiences will help other missionaries in their journey.
Michelle has been assigned as the personell coordinator for the Africa region. This means she is responsible for the care of missionaries on the region and also part of a unique chance to mold and train new missionaries coming to the field. Today we have missionaries from nations all around the world including 24 missionaries from African countries serving faithfully in other countries across Africa.
I am now coordinating the Jesus Film teams across Africa and working with exceptional leaders in finding new ways to reach the lost and bring hope to those living in darkness. We are focused on both the urban ministry opportunities as well as reaching those living in rural areas. We believe that God is calling us to disciple people in new ways as we return to the oldest and most natural way of sharing values through stories in the heart language of those who are listening.
As we adjust to a new life at the Wilro Gardens apartments we are getting to know new neighbors, finding out how to greet and say goodbye in the local languages of South Africa, and learning how to drive on the opposite side of the road. It would be easier to adjust if we had all our stuff, but we are still waiting on our resident visas for South Africa. Our boxes of personal pictures, dishes, tools, and decorations are still sitting in a garage in Dakar, Senegal. God is once again teaching us patience!