We have been at Tshepo ya Bana for 6 months. Some days it feels like a lot longer, but most of the time I can’t believe how the months have flown by. We had originally planned to stay here a few months as a sort of “trial” run. We’ve extended that trial, but not by any set amount of time. For now, we just feel like this is where God wants our family and so we are staying put.
When we first moved out here, we had all these plans. We planned to stay for 5 years; we planned to run a petrol station; we planned to buy a house; we planned to travel back to the states after 18 months to two years of being in SA; we planned to be making money and seeing more of Africa and supporting ministries that we were connected to. We did not plan to be without income, living on support at a children’s home. Yet here we are and while there are parts of our current situation that are stressful and anxiety inducing, for the most part these last 6 months have just felt right.
We have been blessed with wonderful volunteers, lots of help from our friends here in South Africa and so much support from our friends and family back home and around the world. Thank you all for loving us, praying for us and caring for us. We know that there have been many times when we were close to giving up, but you upheld us in prayer; when we felt tired and overwhelmed and you brought a meal; when we weren’t sure how a bill was going to be paid and a check was written; when we needed a night out and you offered to watch a movie with Tyson and Jori.
Thank you for all you’ve done to make it possible for us to be living here, loving on these little ones and seeing what God has planned for each of their lives. We hope that you will continue to pray for us, care for us and support us as we continue to do the work God has called us to do here at Tshepo ya Bana.