This picture was taken in the village we will be serving in.
The plight of the San?
Recently, I read a National Geographic article that basically gave the San no chance at surviving in this new world that is now before them. I believe God has different plans. Here is an excerpt. "Pity Southern Africa's first people. Pity the people with no name. For when you are the only ones, you have no need to distinguish your kind from others. Pity those whose exclusive domain once stretched from the Zambezi to the Cape of Good Hope, from the Atlantic to the Indian Oceans. Their Tswana neighbors in the Kalahari, who arrived here 1,200 years ago, call them the Basarwa, the "people who have nothing." Their pastoralist cousins, the Khoi, call them San, outsiders or vagabonds. They are a people with an ancient past but almost no recorded history, save for one glorious exception, rock paintings of antelope and elephants, dancers and hunters, some of which remain startlingly vivid despite being lashed by wind and rain and baked by sun for 3,000 years. The most recent paintings show sailing ships and mounted horsemen. Then there were no more.
European colonists who waded upon the shores of southern Africa 350 years ago called them simply Bushmen. Deeming them "untamable" and a threat to livestock, settlers treated the Bushmen as vermin, killing them in great numbers. In a 19th-century anthropological survey titled Researches Into the Physical History of Mankind, J. C. Prichard summed up the Bushmen's lot: "Human nature is nowhere seen in a more destitute and miserable condition."
I remember when I was young I heard people say that "God doesn't make junk". This is so true. The San people although seen in the world's eye as destitute and miserable are humans created in the image of God. We are commanded to love our neighbor as ourselves. If we all did this, the planet would be a better planet to live on. Claudia and I are called to go, build relationships, love on and support the San. We are excited to get over there. It's amazing to think we have only 9 months left but we have a lot to do here so we can go over there.
26 for 26 Update
AWESOME beginning to our 26 for 26 fundraiser!!! We still have 17.8 miles still not supported.
We officially start training this week. Week 1 of a 13 week training plan to finish the race well in June. We have been running on warm days and riding our exercise bike at night for the last few months. Jeremy is doing a triathlon in mid-May as part of his training, so he has also been swimming. We thank you for your support as we Run for the SAN! Do you have friends who would be willing to give to our cause. If so, feel free to share this email or you can direct them to the 26 page on our blog.
On the Road!
We want to come and visit with you and your family before we leave the states. We would love to come and share what God is doing in Africa and our story with your church. We had an amazing time visiting at Little Mountain Baptist Church last month. We have a letter to share with your pastor that tells about us and what we can share. Currently, we have openings in April and May. We will be taking June and July off due to Summer Camp. The fall is mostly open but could fill up quickly, so please contact us.
This is where the rubber meets the road! This is the place where you can keep up with us and what is going on. As we will be moving to a remote part of Africa, we may have limited internet access so the blog will be the best way for us to stay in touch with you. So we need you to go subscribe to our blog. When you do any new post will be sent straight to an email of your choosing. Right now we have 19 people subscribed. It's so easy to stay connected so that is why I'm challenging at least 50 of you to go sign up right now. On the main page about halfway down the right hand side, just enter your email address, then click subscribe. You then need to go check your email and click confirm. You don't have sign up for an account just click confirm. This small step will save us a lot of time in the field and allow us to use technology to better communicate with everyone here. You can also visit the support by praying to join our prayer team and support by giving section of the blog to see all the different methods in which you can donate to our outgoing fund and pledge monthly support. If you have any questions, just ask.
"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
But do this with gentleness and respect."
1 Peter 3:15