We have outrageously exciting news! After more than three years of faithful sowing and prayer, just before Christmas, the long-awaited day finally arrived and the vision we’ve all shared from the Lord became a reality.
The first long term safe-home for teenage girls, who have been sexually abused, is now open in Malawi.
While working closely with the Victim Support Unit of Police and the Social Welfare office from the Ministry of Gender, we were referred cases of sexual abuse and we’ve selected the first 4 girls, who are now living in our safe-home. We also interviewed 9 women out of which our Father supplied a housemother who seems to be a perfect answer to our prayers. We completed the full ministry team by adding a counselor and social worker to the mix.
We can’t even begin to tell you how incredibly joyful we are. The girls are doing amazingly well! Since they have arrived, we have taught 2 of them how to ride bikes, we’ve played the guitar while they danced along, and each of them has been given the responsibility of planting and caring for their own tree seed in the orchard.
We are still in awe of the fact that the first girl who was selected for our home has a Chichewa name which means “God is with us”.
This has been such a fantastic Christmas gift not only for us, but also for these girls. For months one of the girls would not talk with anyone, even her own mother. While we were working on the details of opening, she would lock herself in her room at home. This went on for nearly 2 months. When we went to talk with her, all she could do was cry. She stopped going to school and wouldn’t interact with anyone as a result of the abuse she had experienced. Now, after only 2 weeks in our home, she is dramatically different. Her mom came to visit and they sat knee-to-knee smiling and talking away.
Thank you for the faithful way in which you have tied your heart to the vision of bringing the freedom of Jesus to these girls. We have begun to reap the harvest, because we have not grown weary in doing good. (Gal. 6:9)
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.
Do we need anything from God?
I have been studying Joshua for a few weeks now. But from the very beginning, my attention has been captivated by three things. Of course anyone could observe that “Be strong and courageous” is repeated over and over again. We see it in verses 6, 7, 9 and even the final verse 18. Something else has detained me in verses 7 and 8. God mentions this idea that being in triumph was contingent upon speaking about, meditation on and obeying His words. One other thing, that I find myself having to mention, is what God himself has already been speaking directly to me. There is this interesting juxtaposition, though Joshua is the “leader” of the Israelites, that God is the one who is providing them with the land (verse 2, 3, 6, 11, 13, 15) and that He is also present “with them” in each of their steps (verse 5 and 9).
God is the giver of all things good. God gives Joshua and the Israelites with the Book of His Law to daily sustain them, also with the land which they inherit, but most importantly He shares with them… Himself. We find these promises repeated all over the first chapter, but it doesn’t stop there. We are repeatedly reminded of them throughout each book of our Bibles. They still ring true for both you and for me. He promises His Word, His grace and most precious of all, His continual presence.
So let me ask you. Are you confident that you are walking the path that the Creator of the Universe has designed for you? Maybe the only way to step onto it is to allow His presence and whispers to guide you and go before you. What would that look like in your life? Just remember, the king of all things outrageously loves spending time with you and His invitation is always open. Be strong and courageous. Dare to discover the deeper with Him.
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
– Hebrews 4:16
Thank You Dearly
A huge thank you to everyone who attended our annual banquet. The Holy Spirit is so faithful to always move in such a powerful way on these nights. It is such a beautiful opportunity for the When the Saints family to gather and celebrate our Saviors’ heart bent toward captives discovering their emancipation.
Since David has been in Malawi we have been unable to complete the editing of the entire banquet video, but he will soon be returning. We are hoping to get it done shortly following his return. We want everyone to experience, if only in a small way, the glorious weight of Gods’ presence that was in our midst that evening.
“Let your choice reflect your hopes not your fears.”
– Nelson Mandela