Sunday, June 22, 2008

SLC is about to get underway!

Good Morning!

SLC is about to get underway! The SLC team – from College Park Church, Indianapolis, Indiana, were delayed yesterday in Windhoek because of late luggage. Thankfully the team is using MAF - so Brent (pilot) flew them as far as the border where they spent the night in Ondangwa, Namibia. Lubango has no after dark landing that’s why they did not come on last night to Lubango.

The plan is for the team to eat lunch in Lubango and then come to the farm. For those of you checking your e-mail when you get up please PRAY about the whole immigration process at the airport!! That the team would shine brightly for Jesus! That officialdom would let them through quickly so they could get here before dark!!

We are VERY THANKFUL for friends, colleagues and family who have come out a few days early to help with set-up & preparation! Definitely been a team effort to get things ready. And the farm staff have worked overtime and with good attitudes to get the grounds ready.

Various prayer requests:

David & Myriam Trott’s trip from Luena to SLC hasn’t gone so smoothly. They are their two boys, Jeremy and TJ, were 24 hours with car difficulties. We still haven’t heard if they have arrived in Lubango. Pray for strength, stamina and courage!

Becky Loewen’s fiancĂ©, Afonso, is traveling to Canada in July. She will be delayed at least one day dealing with visa issues. Pray that she would be able to talk with appropriate officials on Monday and be able to come ASAP.

Various folk have been sick with sniffles and scratchy throats (including me!).

Continue to pray for Dale and the other team members as the lead us in worship and feeding upon the Word. There are sessions for the adults, youth and children.

This will probably be our last update until after conference since we are supposed to be in a retreat!

THANKS so much for standing with us in prayer! The spiritual battle is intense here. There are some who will not be able to come to SLC, some who are being delayed. Most people are pushed to their limits of time and energy. Do PRAY for rest and renewal.

With Love,


PS The MAF plane - WOH (Whiskey Oscar Hotel)- Brent and the team just flew overhead headed for Lubango!! It’s about a 20 minute flight from here to Lubango. The return trip by road this afternoon will be at least 5 hours!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

the team WILL RECEIVE a fifteen day visa

PRAISE: As of Tuesday the team still hadn’t received their visas from the Angola Embassy. Through the efforts of Pastor Chiquete and Becky Loewen we heard on Tuesday that the team WILL RECEIVE a fifteen day visa from the local authorities in Lubango on arrival! It’s a new immigration law. The passports were DHLed back to the team on Tuesday by a contact in the Embassy. They received their passports back on Wednesday and should have left this morning for their trip! Whew!

PRAISE: A few months ago we asked prayer for two ladies who were having difficulties interacting well in the community – one of the ladies came to the ladies meeting today!!! She even participated. It was wonderful to have her come. THANKS for your prayers – her name is Emilia. Pray for her!

About 50 people will descend on Tchincombe on Sunday. Pray for a time of renewal, rest and fun!

Pray especially for Dale Shaw who is the speaker. Indiana has experienced flooding and he has been involved with flood relief efforts so hasn’t had the time to prepare as he would have liked! Pray for God to give him the words He wants us to hear!!

THANKS so much for being there and praying for us and for what God is doing here!

With Love,


Friday, June 13, 2008

still no word on visas for the team

Hi! There is still no word on visas for the team coming to do Spiritual Life Conference – they must receive them at the latest early next week – PRAY!!!!!!!!

PRAISE – we received a $500 gift toward the balance due on the shipping of our Land Rover.



Monday, June 9, 2008

We have finished 2 weeks of tattooing calves

Dear Friends,


We have finished 2 weeks of tattooing calves – this year 237 calves – lower than our normal but we expected this as we are now limiting the bulls to a strict breeding season so some cows didn’t get pregnant as they were out of sync.

Spiritual Life Conference for missionaries here at Tchincombe June 23 – 27. With only 2 weeks to go the team leading the conference still doesn’t have visas!! PRAY!!! Pray too for all logistics that need to be worked through.

Dagmar, our field leader, still hasn’t received a work visa – this has been a long wait – she and we are asking for wisdom about how to proceed. She has submitted a work visa application in Namibia as well as the SIM team there is also without a field leader (their field leader is an American citizen who hasn’t been able to get a work visa for Namibia). Whichever ever visa Dagmar gets first is where she will live! PRAY!!

One of our missionary colleagues has a Land Rover for sale for $18,000. It would be a great vehicle for Foxes and significantly decrease their outgoing expenses. Pray that somehow this money would become available!

Foxes write: “We continue to pray to the Lord for His provision of funds, and we just had 2 more churches commit to supporting us. Please pray for new contacts as we have run out of all of our leads. This is the first time we have been at this point. We don't loose heart or's just being stretched a little more.”

Continue to pray for those having marital issues! Pray for wisdom for their counselors. THANKS!

Thanks so much for your faithfulness in prayer!!!!

In Him,

Donna & Stirling