I just wanted to tell you all that Jodi and I are very appreciative of all of you who are so much a part of what we do. Please know that we love you and think of you often.
The Global Challenge Expeditions teams returned from their year-long journeys and we are all gathering for their debrief process. The Teams worked alongside missionaries, building houses, planting churches and visiting and working very hard at orphanages. I visited two of these teams during the year if you can recall.
We are listening to the most incredible stories that are filled with the faithfulness, the love, and the kindness of God. So many of the young people came back forever changed. They have been especially touched by the plight of the poor, the orphans, and the widows they’ve met this year. They experienced how God uses ordinary people to be messengers of hope. I cannot help but notice how the guys from the “Work your Way” team left as high school boys and returned as powerful men of God.
I have been playing a large part in the debrief process and I absolutely love it. Swaziland has prepared us in a lot of ways to teach from experience. God is stirring my creative side for the first time in a long time and my teachings are becoming more 3 - dimensional.
My being in Jeffreys Bay is almost like I am experiencing Spring. It is as if God, the Gardner is spending a lot of time on me as plant. He enjoys gardening and takes great care in giving me water and nutrients and placing me in the best spot to catch the sun. The stuff that brings me life, my gifts and creative side seem to be blossoming again… I am happy to be here and be a part of the bigger story that God is putting together.
Jodi is also hard at work. She is hosting the international students, and helping to facilitate their debrief process with one-on-ones and lots of listening. She is also planning to cook a Thanksgiving Feast for all of the Americans she knows here in Jeffrey's Bay. Even Emi is helping out, as we had the teams over for dinner and she entertained them with song and dance! Thanks for being a part of all we do here.
Marius (Jodi and Emi)