From the Fraziers:
Good morning! Just wanted to wish you happy thanksgiving. I've been in hospital again had pacemaker implanted. Have cold now but am on the mend. All kinds of things happening in Frazier family. Great grand boy due anytime.
Thanks for your prayers.
Stan & Frieda
From the Rices:
Received good and bad news about our upcoming residence permit renewal. Our oldest does not need the form we were asking about, which will save us time, stress, and money. However, we found out we cannot apply for a "no-expiration" residence permit because of our furlough. We're required, under United States S.S. policy, to reside in the U.S. for six months out of every five years in order to receive any future benefits. We can't be in two places at once, so this was unavoidable. We are now looking into a five year permit, so please pray we get clear answers on whether we are eligible for this or not. Thank you!
.....upcoming in December. Final decisions on the regional conference location - we hope! J will be preaching on New Year's Eve.
English classes will continue and we'll be hosting the participants in our home for a special Christmas evening. Our teammate will be having knee replacement surgery next week, so please keep her and her recovery in your prayers.
Thank you for praying!
"....J has a lot of travel this week and next, so he would appreciate prayers for safety. Please also pray for an upcoming site visit for the 2018 regional conference. Last, although we do not re-apply for our residence permits until Feb., we have begun doing research and asking questions as we are hoping to receive permanent residency. The information provided online is often confusing, so a friend is trying, without success, to call and talk to a foreign police officer. She has now sent an e-mail. Please pray we get answers to our questions as one (which applies to our oldest son) is very time sensitive. Today we received some helpful information from an immigration aid agency, but we would like to confirm it.
Thank you for praying!
From the Lamberts in Swaziland:
This update from Wendy Lambert 11/26/17:
Happy Sunday everyone! We are hopeful that all of you had a wonderful week and for our American friends a happy Thanksgiving. Our family has so many things to be thankful for this year. We shout praise to Father God for supplying our partners to join us in our mission here in Swaziland.
Tomorrow will be two months since we arrived. It's so hard to believe that much time has passed already. Mike is still busy learning more and more each day all about transmitters, antennas, and everything else. He was quite busy this week. They corrected an audible whistle and he also worked on the electrical at our home. Oh, and he was with the rest of us in South Africa for Zach's surgery.
Our home should be done this week, another praise! Of course it's not a moment too soon. Our container is set to arrive at port on the 30 of November. We also have furniture and appliances arriving on Friday, 1 of December. Everyone is working hard to finish the final pieces so we can get moved in.
Zach's surgery went well. He appears to be healing nicely and his swelling has gone down dramatically the past couple of days. He is having minimal pain. We appreciate all of your prayers for him and give praise to God for healing.
Max and Jackson seem to have gotten a little touch of the flu. They both seem to be on the upswing also.
We had a few surprises this week. Like finding a dead snake in our future home's garden (backyard). (Sorry forgot to take a picture)It was identified by a coworker as a spitting cobra. We are so thankful it was dead! Then Friday while another coworker was working on the front gate, He opened the motor cover and out came a black mamba. Praise the Lord for protection! He was able to trap it and get assistance in killing it. Then last night Zach found yet another cockroach in our tub. They are the biggest we have ever seen. I won't miss them when we leave the flat.
This update from Wendy Lambert 11/14/17:
Zach saw the Orthopedic Surgeon today. He was fitted with a custom brace to reduce swelling. Zach will need surgery to repair his break. Before they can do the surgery his swelling must go away. He will need to have a titanium plate placed in his hand. His surgery is scheduled for next Monday. We were told he will have to stay one night in hospital. Thank you all for your prayers ❤️
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding" Proverbs 3:5 God has diffidently been challenging us in this in our month (plus a few days), here in Swaziland, Africa.
Expectations, we all have them, we expect things to go certain ways because of what we consider normal. We expect to be able to complete simple tasks, run errands, purchase items. Yet, sometimes our expectations are not our reality.
God has great things planned for us, if we let go of our expectations and choose to follow His path.
Our family is starting to settle in life here. As much as we can anyway. Our house is still under construction. We honestly don't know when it will be completed. We are praying it will be completed before our crate from the states arrives.
We are learning that standing in line for half a day to complete one task is normal and giving shouts of praise when you get more than one thing done in a day. After Mike taking three days off of work, we finally have a car here in our name!
Today we attended the "Next Steps" (sound familiar, Alpiners?) class at Liberty Church to start our path to becoming members. Max and Zach have been attending youth group there and are loving it. The youth pastor, Victor, is great and spent an afternoon with all of us getting to know us better. Lue and Zinty are the lead pastors and so wonderful. We are excited to get to know them better. Max is plugged in already and serving on the Technical Team. Zach is helping with the youth worship night, Sing It Out. He will be acting as stage manager. He will also be attending the Global Leadership Summit at a church here in the capital city of Mbabane with other students that attend Liberty. (Willow Creek friends, yes, same conference. But, right here in Swaziland.) Mike and I are excited to see where God directs our path where to serve in our new church home.
This post has gotten much longer than I planned. So, Mike will post in the next few days about his work at the transmitter site.
The garage door will be a window for Jackson's room.
This bug was 5-6” long and was in the laundry when Wendy took it out of the drier!
Max is plugged in already and serving on the Technical Team.
September 2017 From the Rices:
"....J and the older two had a great weekend with the youth from the church. The young adult leaders did a great job organizing everything. Please pray for J as he picked up a deer tick that he didn't discover until today. They can carry a couple different bacteria/illnesses here, so please keep that in prayer.
October 2017 From the Lamberts in Swaziland:
“We hope you are all having a great Sunday! Our family spent the morning at Evangelical Bible Church. It was Awana Sunday. We enjoyed seeing some of our new friends receive awards for a job well done this year. It was also a little confusing for Jackson. Awana just started in the states and here they are ending and on break until the end of February. The school year here ends the beginning of December. Another confusing thing is they don't have the same groups. When Awana starts up he will be a Spark still. Then he will be a flame (grades 4-5), then torches (grades 6-7). Timothy awards (if they have been earned) are given at the end of seventh grade.
We are attempting to learn a little siSwati from local people we run across in our errands and daily interactions. We technically purchased a car. However, we still need to transfer ownership over and have lots of paperwork to officially complete the purchase with the Kingdom of Swaziland. Things take a lot longer here than in the states.
We just got wifi (when it stays on) at our flat. Our water continues to go out daily here. Actually today is the first time it hasn't. We are learning to appreciate things we took for granted in the states. This past week was filled with blessings and lessons. All of which have God growing us according to His plan.
I'm thankful to have finally meet Elysa in person! She was such a blessing to me answering my crazy questions about any and all things Swaziland as we prepared to leave. Our friends/coworkers that are helping us navigate all things new here ❤️. Friends and family back in the states that send messages of love via WhatsApp and messenger and understand when I can't respond. God has been so good to us. Oh, i can't read comments or see pictures in Facebook posts most of the time. Please forgive us for not reacting. I'm just happy to be able to post. We will try to update here a couple times a week. (If wifi cooperates).”
Bruce & Marti Brumfield
Mission Agency: AWANA
Serving in: USA - IL, WI
Mike & Sandie Campo
Mission Agency: Christian Jew Foundation
Serving in: USA - Chicago Area
Stan & Frieda Frazier
Mission Agency: New Tribes
Serving in: USA - Florida
Mission Agency: Crossworld
Serving in: USA - Now
Jonathan & Wendy Latham
Mission Agency: Gospel Fellowship
Serving in: Mexico
Mark & Joanne Mackey
Mission Agency: European Christian Mission NA, Inc.
Serving in: Ukraine, Peru, Israel
John & Linda McGhee
Kids: David, Jeffrey
Mission Agency: New Tribes
Serving in: USA - Florida
Contact: www.GoYeMcGhee.com AND firstname.lastname@example.org
Henry & Linda Vosburgh
Kids: Matthew, Katelyn, Lucas
Mission Agency: Midwest Church Extension
Serving in: USA - IN, IL, WI