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Neil and Rachelle's Update
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“Feel my pain and see my trouble, Forgive all my sins.”
“My problems go from bad to worse. Oh, save me from them all!”
“Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow.”
“Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.”
-Psalm 25:18,17,4,5
We thank God for bringing us through many difficult times over the course of the past year. As can be expected, nothing has really gone the way we expected since we first decided to live and work among the Kisi. Still, we feel that God has wanted us here and we trust that he has reasons for our presence. No doubt we’ve learned many lessons and we now know that we’re capable of a lot more than we thought we were. We’ve seen God provide for our needs over and over again, and we’ve come face to face with our own doubts and weaknesses all too often. Our family has been strained during our time here, we’ve struggled to be all that Micah needs us to be in his life. Our marriage has been tested repeatedly as our experiences in this new culture are often drastically different from each others. We’ve struggled to enter into the lives of the Kisi and to understand what they are thinking about God, the spiritual realm, and themselves. At times we’ve been hesitant to enter in at all, feeling completely overwhelmed by the spiritual power struggle they’re living in. If it wasn’t for God’s grace, we would have given up a long time ago, but his grace motivates us and enables us to move on.
Since our last newsletter: The trip back into the village was rough as Rachelle was sick with a fever. When we got back to our house, everything was covered in a thick layer of dust except for our chickens, which were thankfully walking around and laying eggs. The weather was very hot and dry, and so was the water spicket. The lakeshore has been covered by sardines drying in the sun. Our fishing net has given us the occasional catfish. The rains have recently started falling again, and correspondingly we’ve planted an acre of corn and pumpkins. Neil has continued teaching English in the schools. He’s continued getting to know the different churches in the village as well as some of the elders. Micah has made a friend recently, and has swam in the lake almost every day since we got back from the city. Rachelle has been busy mainly with taking care of Neil and Micah. A friend of hers from SIL in Mbeya came and visited us.
The upcoming months: We are currently in the city of Mbeya, where we met the new year. We’re waiting for one of our teammates, Rachel Lewis, to arrive. She is planning to go back into the village with us and stay with us for the next two months. Pray for her visit that she could be an encouragement and a help to Rachelle. Pray for us as a family that God would show us whether or not to renew our visas after they run out in May. Either way, we are planning on returning to the States at that time, for how long we don’t know. Pray that if God wants us to return to the Kisi, he would provide co-workers for us as well as put a definite desire in the Kisi for the truth of the Word of God.
Lastly we want to thank you for sharing with us whether it be through prayer or through finances. We’re selfish with your prayers, we can never get enough of that– but we don’t mind praying for you to. You can’t reach us through e-mail while we’re in the village, but you can reach us through an app called WhatsApp. My number is +255 763 944 605 if you’d like to get in touch. Financially we’ve been blessed as people have given above and beyond our present needs. We’ve chosen to live rather simply here due to factors on this end, but not due to any lack on your end. Wishing you all the best in the new year,
-Neil, Rachelle, and Micah
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