Wednesday, April 30, 2008

last e-mail from Windhoek

Dear Praying Friends,

This will be our last e-mail from Windhoek. We head up to Angola tomorrow. Will camp in Tsumeb where we meet Peter and Shelley who are traveling down from Angola to go to USA for their home assignment.

Brent, Steve and Peggy did church at Imbondwe on Sunday( it was the last Sunday) and there were 44 people! Pray for God’s word to take root in hearts!

Please continue to pray for the Foxes!

Pray too for Peter, Annie and Boaz Verhoef – this Dutch family are making plans to go to Portugal in 6 weeks for language study and Bible School.

On Friday we’ll camp at Rua Cana and then Saturday cross over into Angola. Pray for us as we still feel rather tired!

With Love,

Donna for all of us!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Cynthia and Lawrence Fox and their 4 children

Hi! Shop till you drop is what Windhoek is usually about! BUT this time we’ve decided to take it a little slower – there’s always SO MUCH to do and we have been feeling a bit overwhelmed and exhausted! So we are doing a few fun things and not just shopping and rushing back. We had a great camping trip – the location was AWESOME - the facilities were a little wanting but we still enjoyed ourselves. Winter is coming! Nights were COLD!

One of you who pray very faithfully asked who the Foxes were and were they from the USA – we’ve slipped up somewhere in keeping you informed! So let us fill you in properly!

Cynthia and Lawrence Fox and their 4 children are currently living in CA. They are from Oregon originally. They have been accepted by SIM and appointed to Tchincombe! YEAH! We met them last year when they came to NC for their SIM orientation. We had a great day together – too short. The kids got along very well! Lawrence will be heading up the mechanic end of things – a HUGE need for Tchincombe! Cynthia will be home schooling her kids and ours! We are very much looking forward to their coming to Tchincombe! With another family so many things could go forward – especially outreach to the preaching points! The expense of getting a family of 6 to the field is LARGE but not BIGGER than our God! So please pray for them as the raise support for monthly needs as well as outgoing expenses (vehicle, language study in Portugal, and airfare)! PRAY!!!!

Some of you have had messages bounce back from the Tchincombe address so if you have been having trouble getting through to us on OR we haven’t answered you please try .. UUPlus is looking into the problem!

We’ll head back to Angola the beginning of next week.

We have acquired an African Grey parrot – 10 weeks old – what a cutie – named him BP because we got him from the owners of the BP service station! Parrots are much more affordable this side of the ocean!!

With Love,

Donna & Stirling

Friday, April 18, 2008

a family camping trip!

Dear Friends and Family,

We are away from Windhoek for the weekend on a family camping trip! We are looking forward to a little R&R! We return on Monday to do more shopping and car repair/maintenance.

Please continue to pray for Firmino, Tutyiale, and Paulo as they run the farm in our absence!

Pray also that Lawrence and Cynthia Fox’s monthly support and one-time expenses would be met ASAP!

You are a vital part of this ministry – thank you for praying!!

In Him,

Donna for all of us!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

what an adventure we had getting here!

Dear Praying Friends,

Greetings from Namibia and what an adventure we had getting here! I thought of sending you an e-mail before starting our journey but things were in such a rush that I didn’t get a chance but it would have been comforting to know you were praying!

We were to cross at a different border post than usual because our normal post is inaccessible because of impassable roads. So we set the GPS to the route we call Tchincombe to International border BUT we forgot that international border WAS NOT Rua Cana which was where we wanted to cross but Epupa Falls where there is actually no border post!

We got away only at 9 AM Saturday morning as I (Donna) had done a meat run to town on Friday and got back only at 10 PM. So Saturday morning we headed off and went left at Kahama following the GPS route – by late afternoon we were nowhere near our destination and Stir thought it was taking longer than it should but we still hadn’t twigged to the exact problem – so we set up camp (had brought all camping equipment) in the middle of nowhere, had a meager supper – we were planning on sleeping not in the bush but in civilization on other side of border!! We were asleep by 7 PM.

Up at 4:00AM and by 11 AM it clicked with Stirling what was happening – fortunately we didn’t go to Epupa falls but the 150 miles we went west we had to come back east and only got across the border at 4 PM. The most stressful moment came when we came to a river crossing (usually dry river bed) BUT the river was running!! Fortunately there was a rocky bottom and the Land Rover plowed right through!

The drive was actually VERY beautiful and we could enjoy it because the road was so bad we were going slowly. Actually saw 2 plum colored starlings – a very rare sighting!

We enjoyed Jeffrey’s birthday at a friends’ guest farm – he is always thrilled when we visit Schoenfeld – we all enjoy visiting our friends there.

We are now in Windhoek and will be shopping for the farm and ourselves!

Please pray for Kandendele’s parents – they live at Imbondwe where we have started the new preaching point. They have been quite sick with vomiting and diarrhea. Pray for health – pray for them to not be afraid – such illness brings lots of fear and they don’t know yet know the One who can take away fear!!!

Please also continue to pray for the Fox family – monthly support needs and one-time outgoing needs! We desperately need them at Tchincombe! We are wearing thin! If you know of someone who’s recently gotten involved with missions and would like to support a family let us know or contact SIM to get support info for the Foxes!

As always pray for the leadership team at Tchincombe while we are away!

Thanks for standing in the gap!

Donna for all of us!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Tchincombe has jumped into the 21st century!

Greetings over cyberspace! Tchincombe has jumped into the 21st century! We have an up and running satellite internet system! Jeffrey can do his school from here – except exams with his proctor.

PRAISE – the service at Imbondwe went GREAT! There were over 100 people for church on Sunday morning. We DID get rained out for the Jesus film on Saturday night but soon there will be 6 months of dry weather and other opportunities to show the film. Pray that the Word of God would come to the minds of those who attended!

Thanks to all who have prayed for Jamie! He is home – he must have regular transfusions to provide immune protection – a bone marrow transport is the next step but not soon.




Stirling went to town this afternoon for a farmer’s coop meeting tomorrow. Pray for that interaction. Do you remember that a farmer friend died as the result of a gun accident – the youngest son of that man died in a motorbike accident 2 weeks ago! Please pray for Mrs. Nascimento and her son Marco.

THANKS for standing with us!

Donna & Stirling

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Discovery 130 Pictures

Camping at the Beach Pictures

The weekend went VERY WELL!

Dear Prayer Warriors,

The weekend went VERY WELL! There were over 100 people for the service! We
did have rain on Saturday night and could only show a portion of the Jesus
film but it was a beginning. Stirling preached a good message - pray that
the words of scripture will stick in people's minds.

PRAISE - the satellite internet system is installed - we are not on-line yet
as the company needs 3 days to fine tune the connection. This will be a
huge jump into the 21st century.

Pray as I travel to Chiange tomorrow to try and get the school books for the
primary school - school started in Feb but the government still hasn't been
able to distribute the books. We heard that the books had arrived at the
county seat so I'm off tomorrow. As you think of Chiange please continue to
pray for Jacob and Maria Herculano and their outreach to the Ovangambwe

Please continue to pray for the funds needed for finish paying for the 130 -
the actual vehicle is paid for just shipping and spare parts due!

THANKS for your giving and praying!
Donna for us