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The SON Rising in Nortth Africa

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I just returned a couple of days with our Cedar Ridge team from north Africa. We spent a week seeing the our Radical Faith dollars at work in the children physical therapy center, loving and encouraging our global partners, and praying for God’s spirit to be unleashed in a place deceived by Islam. You would be proud of our missionaries there. They are doing a great work in a dark place.

Having a change of pace and perspective is a good thing. This week I’ve been tweeting some of my trip thoughts while in north Africa. I thought I would recap them here in their original twitter form:

North Africa Trip Thought #1: Though they may be forgotten or unknown to us, God’s story includes people from every ethnicity on the planet.

North Africa Trip Thought #2: While there is spiritual darkness where Jesus is not known, it can be darker where Jesus is known & not followed.

North Africa Trip Thought #3: f I truly believe God is sovereign & unreached people R eternally lost w/o Jesus…then I don’t pray near enough.

North Africa Trip Thought #4: Our global partners who serve faithfully in difficult places with little reward are my biggest heroes.

North Africa Trip Thought #5: Gods at work drawing the unreached of the world to himself…and its gonna look different than how we view church.

I’m looking forward to sharing more of our trip with you. As I’m writing this our South Africa team is in the air on their way to The Fold. Pray that our team is encouraging to the Princes and the vulnerable children of South Africa.

Kimber in the Southeast Outlook

My daughter, Kimber is on the front page of the November 8th edition of the Southeast Outlook, a newspaper publication of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY. Kimber worked in Kenya this summer in conjunction with Life in Abundance International and MI2, an intern program made available through Southeast Christian Church. Check it out.

Southeast Outlook Nov 8, 2012 Edition

This is day six of our teams trips to South Africa and we’re wrapping up our last full day at The Fold. It’s been a great day. We were able to finish moving and putting into place the playground equipment that we moved. The kids are already loving it as you can see in the pictures below.

Several of our team members finished a window trim painting project today. It really makes the front of the building look great.

We have been doing music with the kids every morning this week about 10:30 am. Because of our work projects, we weren’t able to do it at that time today. The kids asked us all day, “can we do music now?” Even the boys! They have had a great time. We brought out the rhythm sticks tonight and they had a ball.

Our team had a great time meeting with our global partners, Paul and Micky Prince tonight. I think they have been encouraged by our visit and we’re all sad we have to leave tomorrow.

Music Camp in South Africa

Here’s a taste of our South Africa team singing with the kids this morning. We’ve been teaching them the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from Daniel 3 along with scriptures that remind us to trust God. We hope that this memory verse (Proverbs 3:5-6) that we sang is one that will be with them for the rest of their lives.

South Africa Day 5

So we’ve had a few blog and internet issues keeping me from posting so I’m playing a little catch-up here…

Monday we worked on disassembling some playground equipment that had been donated to The Fold. We were able to transport some of it that day. There is a truck moving the rest in the morning. We will work on it tomorrow and prepare it for use at the Fold.

Monday night several of us were still adjusting to the time change and were awake the last half of the night.

Tuesday we were able to do some music with the kids, since they are out of school this week. We are doing some of the songs our Cedar Ridge kids will be doing next month in Music Camp. It’s amazing how much of the scripture songs the kids are remembering, even with their broken English.

Tuesday afternoon was a lot of fun for our group. We were able to go on a game drive at a local game farm. We saw many of the big African animals: rhino, eland, kudu, sable, zebra and giraffe. We were taking lots of pictures.

Today, besides playing and singing with the kids, we worked on several projects around The Fold compound. Several prepped and painted. I was the interior decorator and hung some curtains.

It’s been fun to have lots of conversations with Paul and Micky throughout the day; hearing of their vision for The Fold, listening to their disappointments and most of all catching their love and hope for the children of South Africa without a nurturing home life.

Who Broke Africa?

I’m headed to South Africa in about a week to visit our Cedar Ridge global partners, Paul and Micky Prince. It will be my third trip to the continent of Africa and my heart grows fonder each time. I also can’t help but notice it’s profound brokenness. I came across this interesting video of Micah Bournes that helps my perspective: