Here’s the why of Johannesburg:
This church, Antioch Bible Church. We are so excited to be a part of this thriving, loving church where Christ is faithfully preached multiple times a week. Matt gets to be on staff here, to spend his days loving the body of Christ in tangible and intangible ways through discipleship and counseling, providing support and structure to some of the ministries, and being spurred on to spiritual and ministry growth by the rest of the pastoral staff.
We have only just begun – as of today we’ve been here for two weeks! – but we are looking forward to years of ministry, fellowship, and friendship within this church. As we look at houses to rent now, we think about how many church people can come for dinner, how many guest speakers can we host overnight, how long will it take to drive to the church on a weekday, on a Sunday…
We love the church, wherever it is in the world. And right now, this is the church family we get to think about, get to know, and get to love!
We are having a cold spell here in the Southern Hemisphere. I’m from Kansas originally, so I know cold, but the last 10 years in the tropics have really thinned my blood. It’s cold, and I’m looking forward to Tuesday!
We had to do a little shopping to stop the shivering… jeans, socks, sweatshirts, and leopard pajamas.
Yes, leopard pajamas. We have a couple of cool cats now!
House hunting is hard!
We are still looking, but hope to find a great new home by the end of the week. Please pray with us for a house for our family to make a home in, a place where we could welcome many church friends and family!
As the jet lag lifts, we are starting to explore our new home: Johannesburg! Here are some highlights from our first few days.
We started setting up our new life right away: phones, banks, cars, houses… there’s a lot to organize in the first few days! We were told that setting up a bank account could take days – and the right connections – but First National Bank came through right away! Yay FNB!
Getting phones and banks organized the first day wore us all out, so we slept well that first night. Naomi gets the Sleeping Beauty prize – we’ve had to wake her up each morning so far. Jet lag’s got nothing on this girl!
It hasn’t been all work though. The girls and I got to run around with our hosts, the Russells, yesterday, to tennis lessons, a shopping centre, ballet class, and a library! A library! Living in a big city might not be so bad! 😉
Lots of new things, but also some good old friends! It wouldn’t be our first choice to see Kellen and Becca in a hospital, but we were SO excited to see these dear friends from Malawi, to catch up with them and to pray with them as they trust the Lord day by day. Please be praying for Kellen as the doctors and his body fight against East African sleeping sickness.
In the last couple months we went from autumn weather in Malawi, to summer weather in California, to now the dead of winter in South Africa. It’s cold here!!! It’s 65 degrees now, but it got down to 42 last night! We are definitely not in the tropics now! But we are starting to figure out how to live here.
If you haven’t kept up on our newsletters lately, you really should catch up!
We are moving to South Africa! Like, right now! We checked in at LAX, and flying to SA over the next couple days. 😏
While we fly, you can catch up with us here:
March 2019 Newsletter
May 2019 Newsletter
June 2019 Newsletter
23 July: Haha! We’re upside down! Well, that is how it feels moving your family from one country to another, changing 10 time zones… so I’ll leave it!