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Monday Musings 23/06/14

IMG_5388How time flies…

How time flies is an old axiom that never ceases to bring new realities.

Six months ago, MJ and I left Canada to begin a new chapter of our life and ministry in Pretoria, South Africa. To say I am amazed, as I look back over these months, is an understatement. Today’s “musing” is not a “look at what we have done” self absorbed report, it is recognition of one amazing God who has been so gracious, kind and faithful!

The following is a rapid fire, bullet form review of the first six months of 2014.

  • Moving into our rental property in Pretoria
  • Settling into Cornerstone Assembly, our South African home church
  • Buying our fourteen year old `miracle car` that we discovered while filling our borrowed car with petro (a whole story in itself)
  • Logging over fifty thousand air miles as Don travelled to six different countries on two continents
  • Partnering with three new graduates of the TTC Sewing Center (Zambia) to take Chitenge Creations to a new level
  • Laying the foundation for the establishment of a future Chitenge Creations sewing program in South Africa
  • Conducting leadership seminars and speaking at churches in Uganda, China, Zambia, Senegal, South Africa, and the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Ongoing development of the vision to plant a Chinese work in Africa
  • Launching the first ever Center for Leadership Integrity (CLI) in Pretoria (one day) and Durban (three days), South Africa (today`s blog pictures are of the historic CLI gathering in Durban – greater details to follow in an upcoming newsletter)

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This coming Thursday, MJ and I leave for Canada where we will fulfill a very hectic five months of ministry. The schedule will include: preaching at two summer camps, leadership seminars, a promotional tour, regarding the Chinese work, which will start in Toronto and end in Vancouver and weekend ministry in at least eleven churches across Quebec and Ontario. By the way, we will sneak in ten days of vacation with MJ`s family, as they gather together from across the US, in the beautiful State of Vermont.

Obviously, returning to Canada to spend time with family and friends is always a delight. MJ and I can`t wait to hug our children on Friday at the Trudeau International Airport in Montreal. We also look forward to seeing so many of our friends across Canada over the next five months.

Being honest though, we are finding it hard to leave the Continent of Africa, as it seems we have just started walking through the new doors that God has opened to us. It is hard to describe what it is like to live in two countries on two continents and have so much love for both of them! However… time flies, and it won`t be long, Africa, until our feet will once again walk on your beautiful soil!

Until next Monday…

Don

P.S. In an upcoming newsletter, MJ and I will share in greater detail about the launch of CLI and a name change that is coming to our ministry.IMG_5445

2 Comments

  • jckatlarge

    June 24, 2014

    Hey…. look what the Lord has done!

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  • Tom Goss

    June 24, 2014

    Indeed, what an amazing first six months ministry based in South Africa! You and MJ are truly in the palm of the Lord (centered in His will) for Africa with your joint ministries. Thank you so much for the regular, faith-inspiring blogs! I’m so looking forward to seeing you at our camp (OVPC) in July. We are keeping you both in our prayers as you serve Him so mightily in so many ways. Continued blessings in Christ … Tom & Linda

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