Sunday, January 20
Ruth Thomson, LAM, Brazil. Our dear Ruthie went to be with her Lord at 10 am, Wedneday morning in Durham, ON. She was hoping to be in Brazil now with a conference she had planned, but felt unwell for the past month and unable to travel.
She worked with LAM in Brazil. She will be missed by her Brazilian friends, her sister Edith as well as her beloved "son" David, working at the orphanage in Kenya.
Wonderful to be in Canada again after 4 years! I deeply connected with churches and saints in Alberta in January, and I'll enjoy fellowship with Knox until I return to Germany February 13th. In Munich Gospel Church continues to struggle--please pray for the Presbytery to have wisdom and grace to help the pastor in need.
last night Jacky's legs were swollen again but in the morning they were normal. I got her up and walking was painful for her due to pain in the soles of her feet. After a while this pain subsided and she was much better then yesterday.
Kathrin suggested to get her to Europe for more tests to find which kind of otheomelalgia she has and then get her on the right medicine. This will need to be monitored for a period of time... Probably we are looking at some months. This won't be possible at this time as she cannot leave for such a long time and lose her school year. This would make her very unhappy, and me too.
So I was thinking that once she finished form 4 next November, she has several months to wait for the results of her exams. I could plan to take her to Canada as I need to come on furlough at that time. It gives me time to see about the money that will be needed.
She is now at home and at the moment she is getting tuition from a teacher from Mfaume's school.
Today I had a very good meeting at her school and they agreed to have her attend day school. I will have to take her or get transport for her as she has to be at school before 6 am.
Maybe there is a sponsor for her... God always provides!!
I am doing well although the stitches are pulling and cause some discomfort but it isn't bad
Our dear Ruthie went to be with her Lord at 10 am this morning in Durham hospital. She was hoping to be in Brazil now with a conference she had planned, but has been sick for the past month and unable to travel. She had a minor car accident on the 1st of December but unlikely was a major contributing factor in her death. Here sister, Edith, was helping her during the past month.
She worked with LAM in Brazil. She will be missed by her Brazilian friends, her sister Edith as well as her beloved "son" David, working at the orphanage in Kenya.
A funeral service took place at Durham Presbyterian Church, 205 Lambton Street East, Durham on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Spring burial at Maplewood Cemetery.
I am happy to tell you that, after lots of sleepless nights --the final draft of my research proposal was finally accepted!
I submitted 4 copies yesterday to the faculty of education! I will defend on Wednesday 16th of January and will be given a letter to collect data and write my thesis.
I will try to sleep tonight. Please pray that I will do well . I have tests from Monday too!
I am now in Kahama. What a job it was to get everyone ready for their schools!
Jacky has entered a new school in Tabora. I don't know how good it is as they are starting Form four this year. So I don't know their success rate. For Jacky it was hard and will be a huge adjustment. Please pray for her. I finally will get the prescribed medicine for her. Our friend, the pharmacist, Mr Maganga has a friend bringing it from India. Praise God!
My car needed new bouchies and had this done before our trip as I knew I would have a heavy load with the kids, metal trunks, suitcases, backpacks, kilo's of soap, buckets, etc.
Then I had to pay all their school fees and Mahona also needed more money for research. So off to the bank..
Then getting all the kids supplies ready and organized :
Baraka is starting Secondary school and getting everything ready for him was a huge job. New shoes, sandals, running shoes, uniforms, school supplies, suitcase, etc.
Kiri needed a lot of new things as the government now demands that their skirts need to be long, coming to their ankles! (going back to Victorian times)
She just got 2new uniforms last September and now she needed new ones. She was in tears to have these long skirts.
She also has gained weight and needed several new items besides her school supplies. Back packs and their tracksuits needed new zippers. So we had these repaired.
Faraja also needed quite a few things as he is going through a growth spurt.
Yesterday we arrived at their schools and all of them were registered and checked in by 5pm.
Ngassa had come along and we stayed overnight and had a nice dinner together. Went to bed at 9pm. Slept till, 7!
Now Ngassa and I will be on our way to Mwanza. I am to have some minor surgery done to have a hard, painful spot removed on the bottom of my left foot. I think my friend, Dr. Isodor will take care of this today or tomorrow. He will have a biopsy done of the tissue.
These are the latest. A big thanks to all who pray and support me and my kids!!!
We took the train to the doctor in the capital yesterday. He is very pleased with my back operation and gave me an all clear. However, Hil’s neck is of concern as a result of her fall last year while visiting our parents. There are two herniated discs in her neck. He suggests physio including a lot of swimming.
We have another appointment for visa on February 8.
We were sad to say goodbye to Katie in December as she transitioned from the Missions Hub to Christie Refugee Centre. Thank God for her continued commitment to the church as an elder and care for the Missions Hub. We are very glad to welcome Khevna Dave onboard! Please pray for her as she learns the role of mobilization coordinator. Please also pray for the university students who were impacted by the Relevant Week - This was the 4th year we got to help prepare students each morning to reach out to the U of T campus! Praise God!
I am doing well here. There are still lots of challenges on the mission, but God is continuing to give me peace and help me through so they are not discouraging issues like previously.
Praise God that for the month of January, my team was able to partner with a young man from the pastoral team that accompanied us to the villages to share scripture and pray with women in their homes. May His Word bear fruit in the lives of those who hear.
Please pray for the youth at the dinner and food bank, many of whom will remember Crystal, a 35-year-old woman has died after she was found lodged in a clothing donation box in Toronto early Tuesday morning. She was part of the food bank community with many challenges.
Following Ruth’s car accident on December 1, when she fell asleep at the wheel and went into the ditch, she has a number of pain symptoms that are causing immobility. Her doctor recommends physio therapy. Consequently, she is unable to travel to Brazil and feels like staying in bed, since she is very weak and exhausted. She is not coping with emails or internet, but longs for your prayers. David not receiving his visa to attend Toronto Baptist Seminary was also a great disappointment.
It comes across very forcefully in Arabic: shouting, jumping and embracing, rejoicing with a huge rejoicing.
You can guess what it was: When they saw the Star!!!!!!! They went wild with joy.
And as has been pointed out by many: there was a large entourage of the caravan of king makers from the East, who knew how to interpret the stars. Star gazers! A network of educated men from the East: take it as far East as you like. And all the support personnel.
The children have it from two directions: memorizing the easy verse Matthew 2:10, and the favorite song: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star .
One smart aleck boy objected that he was tired of singing ‘Twinkle” until he was reminded of the importance of that Star in the East. There has been no objection since.
“in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5,6, “make the crooked places straight and the rough places plain,” Isaiah 40:4.
So rejoice: the King has come. Follow me to my crooked streets and rejoice in the care of girls at 18 on the street for whom we seek to find a safe haven ‘till they can find their way; pray for university students willing to do Bible Study; pray for staff shepherding 70 children aware of their abandonment. Pray that the good news: Jesus knows them and loves them and has paid the penalty for their sins, will penetrate from their minds to their hearts and bring them to Life.
February 8 will see me back to the children and all the staff and volunteers at Home of Hope.
I trust that it is still better late than never to greet you! Thanks so much to all who sent wonderful Christmas greetings and updates! It is indeed a privilege and pleasure to have your friendship.
I send you all my best wishes for this year. Click below for my prayer letter a few pictures on the last page.
Right now, we are getting some relief from the heat and humidity as we are having a downpour. The first rainy season did not happen and we hope and pray that now the rains have come and will continue or there will be another famine.
Today had its challenges.... I am preparing the kids for their return to school. This is a huge job!! Ngassa came along to help carry the purchases of: 7 meters of grey cloth for the making of pants and skirts for Baraka and Kiri for their uniforms. Then 2 white long sleeved shirts.... took 4 different shops to find them, underwear for Faraja, a dozen socks for Kiri, Baraka and Faraja, 1 dozen tooth paste and 1 dozen tooth brushes, 6 black shoe polish, 2 sport shirts, 3 mosquito nets, failed to get the 4 kg. buckets with soap powder, failed to get 2 boxes with reams of paper, 3 boxes with 50 pens each, pencils, counter books, brown paper to cover the exercise books and counter books, etc....Try again tomorrow!
Kiri was very difficult today and wouldn't cooperate and refused to talk. She is upset as Jacky is have a lot of pain in her right arm for the last 2 days and cannot continue at the same school. Kiri is very close to her and has trouble with going back to school without her older sister. I told her that she has 2 options, either she returns to her school where she is doing very well and where she knows her teachers and students as well as the system or she can go to a boarding school here in Tabora which is unknown to her and it will be an adjustment. Due to her illness Jacky has to go to a school in Tabora. This is unfortunate as the school in Kahama is the top school in this country. Finally, she came around and after a few tears chose to go back to her school.... Praise God! She is so intelligent and I hope and pray she will continue to perform so she can reach her goal....be a veterinarian, as she loves animals.
Now I am enjoying some pleasant temperature which gives me renewed energy!
Today I went with Jacky to look for a new school for her in Tabora. We finally found one which is new and started 3 years ago. This year they start Form 4. Jacky would like to get into Form 3. Tomorrow she has to do an entrance exam.
For 4 days now she has had a lot of pain in her right arm. Today it is getting a bit better. Keep praying!!
A huge item for praise and Prayer of thanks to God is that one Canadian donor Gave C$90,000 for Cinevan on December. With exchange rate of the American Dollar this gives a 70% of the cost of a new Cinevan. Rejoice with us!
Just like that, Christmas has gone and New Year is right around the Conner! What a trip it has been! This Christ mas was such a special time with family. We had so much fun at Christmas Eve services, singing and simply relaxing and enjoying conversation together. I know that holidays can be a time filled with great joy or heartache with missing someone special. The Lord is with us always is so nearer to the broken-hearted. I pray that however Christmas was for you that this coming New Year 2019 would be a time of astounding joy and restorative peace.
As 2018 comes to a close I want to thank every one of you who have reached out with love and support. Your words of encouragement mean a lot to me. To all friends and family who have faithfully put their trust in the Lord with financial to support me; I admire you. I thank you. I don’t know how I will ever be able to express the fullness of my gratitude. I am praying for good health, happiness and peace for every one of you.
In 2018, I have done a lot of self-reflection and long term processing. I learned that God is my provider!!! Seriously, begging money or something from someone is scary and super intimidating to me but look at what God is doing in my life. My provider! He has provided me with wonderful exams results at the university, lecturers and friends here at St. Augustine University of Tanzania. They are my mentors, my teachers my friends, my brothers and sisters and role models.
God has taught me about love patience, and new experiences. He taught me that my dreams, goals and desires are just valuable as everyone else’s. I am looking forward to from the beginning of the New Year. There will be time of victory and defeat, but with my God I can find courage in His Truth to bounce back even faster. In the things that work in my favor, I want to continue to cherish and recognize the goodness of our Heavenly Father.
On the New Year Eve of 2018 my mom told us that ‘’ the Israelites didn’t look back when they were coming out of Egypt. They left everything in Egypt and had no doubts. They kept looking forward to what God had promised them’. I am encouraged myself and everyone who will get this letter to leave everything back in 2018. Your worries, low points, disappointments and everything. Don’t look back. Look forward to what God has for you in 2019!!
So excited to see what God is going to do this New Year. Peace out 2018, Cheers to 2019 and the journey ahead. With Love and Gratitude.
NB: In no particular order, here are some ways I want to grow and see this year 2019:
-I want to experience the Lord in a way I have never experienced Him before. I hope to understand His heart more intimately and more fully.
-I want to grow in assurance to God’s voice, speaking whatever and whenever He leads me to. I want to hear from Him continuously and more much clear.
-I want to grow in prayers and expressing my worship to God.
-I want to do well in my studies and I want to write a good Thesis!
-I want to be His instrument by being a change through my voice, love, teaching and writings etc.
- I want to see every child; boy and girl in every Conner of this world is having equal right and is going to school. I believe that Education is the tool to bring changes, lasting change!
Let us work together to bring changes in our society- lasting changes.
……We can, we must, we will…..
We are thankful to God for Knox's partnership with Threefold Ministries during this year of challenge and need in Nicaragua. 2018 is nearly history and it was certainly a notable one. We began the year with exciting plans for many teams from Canada and the U.S. to visit the Skylark Centre to aid in the ongoing mission to build, equip, energize and encourage the local community. April 18th – the date which marks the beginning of the civil unrest in Nicaragua - changed everything. All North American mission team trips were suspended beginning in May.
This emergency reminded us of our dependence upon God. Existing partners (including KWM) and new ones stepped up with one-time or monthly gifts. God provided, through these gifts, the resources we needed to sustain the Skylark Centre and our staff there. Vital programs have continued, and even expanded, in and for the community of Los Medranos. A sample of the most recent highlights are in the newly-posted “Best Start in Christ” newsletter and most recent Blog post. We have witnessed amazing blessings.
Local Christian groups are returning, even as people continue to struggle with economic and political uncertainty. We will continue to work diligently to come alongside those who need us by enhancing and maintaining the Centre, and the programming that takes place in and around it. We are prayerful that North American mission groups will be able to return in the New Year.
We are grateful for Knox's congregation KWM for the gifts of encouragement in their many forms in this season that we celebrate God's great gift to us and the beginning of a new year that will be full of His promises. Please relay our greatest thanks to all.
Another year is almost gone and much has happened. My kids and I are so thankful for all your prayers and loving support!! May the Lord bless you richly!
I wish I had more time so I could send each of you a personal note but God has blessed me with so many friends that it is tough to keep up with everyone.
I have attached my newsletter so all of you will be up to date regarding my latest adventures.
We are happy to be back and thankful for the opportunity we had to help at a school in Bethlehem. We now look forward to reconnecting with the families that we were previously helping settle into Canada. Thank you for your prayers.
Good morning everyone,
Will be having holiday season from today and my trip for home is scheduled to be today Sunday!
As many of you are finishing up shopping, throwing out last minute decorations, and rushing to wrap those final presents remember what you are truly celebrating this Christmas.
The birth and life of our Lord. Give those gifts, eat and be merry, but always remember we are able to do these things because of the love and grace of Him.
Surround yourselves with love and remember that nothing can replace those super crazy, insanely loud, undeniably awesome people you call yours.
- Join us by prayer for our residency in this country
- again we have one month of permission, then we need to apply to extend until July, we need this time, before we return, because it is early to return home now.
Pray for Jacky who is not feeling well for the past few days but medical tests showed nothing. I believe she is feeling bad about having to change schools and going to miss her friends. I gave her a very low dose of an antidepressant last night. this morning she seems better and right now she is sitting at the table and sings along with songs on the radio.
Mahona is coming home and has some spots that need treatment. Pray for him as well. Ngassa's ankle is swollen so he has to keep his leg up which he has trouble doing.... Sigh!!
We are looking forward to our Christmas celebration. Margreth will be home as well.