It’s that time of year again where we all reflect on the past year. The ups, the downs, the blessings. I hope it’s been a blessed year for you all & that many of you have some quality family time together.
2017 has been a year of liquorice all sorts…..I love the circle ones but hate the plain liquorice. This year we have tasted such goodness & joy & on the other end such darkness & disappointment. At the end of it all God is good & His grace is sufficient for us all. But in all honesty we are pretty tired & looking forward to some R&R.
As usual, we couldn’t do without the friends who help us at Lighthouse. Stephanie who’s an artist helped us with a beautiful mural in the kids bathroom which has transformed this dull lifeless area into a place of awesome colour. Adrian Lange’s amazing team from ‘Tourism that cares’ spent a morning with us bringing the mural alive & painting the rest of the bathroom doors & donating some food for our food bank. Thanks for all your help & time.
We have also just been blessed with 18 men & women from the local communities who are being paid a stipend by an international company & they will be assisting us on both sites in various projects for the next 6 months.
Then we had 50 Aussies visit us while passing through on their holidays with Tourism That cares, where we had an opportunity to show them the other side to our amazing country & what Lighthouse Mission tries to accomplish in His strength. Come visit again soon.
We have an amazing family who has moved onto Lighthouse Elfco 1. The Miles family
have four of their own kids & foster two young girls. They are a huge blessing & after prayer, a confirmed Word from the Lord they’ve taken a step of faith & joined us in Grabouw. Please pray for this family as they make the difficult transition from suburbia to a life in a hostile community.
CRIME CRIME CRIME
We have been burgled & a record 17 times in just over a month and a half. Usually we get hit once & then it quieted down for a couple of months but on one occasion we had the buildings vandalised & items stolen 4 days in a row. Unfortunately the police come up empty every time & it’s just extra paperwork & frustration. But friends from churches have come together & really been a blessing in this time of need. Although we have beefed up security we are still fighting crime & now trying to raise some money for a decent perimeter as the gangs just cut through the fencing on a weekly basis.
Two weeks ago it went to an entirely new level when a gang started a fire under Letties home & Linden & Porsche woke up smelling smoke. We found newspaper & candle wax & managed to put it out in time. Not sure why this is all happening but we all usually suffer more intense persecution when good things are happening or about to happen. The Word tells us plainly that we should consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. So bring it on….
After much persistent prayer my Dad has given his life. He’s been asking many questions & searching for a while & the moment came when he was standing next to me in church & he crossed the line of faith. He still doesn’t have all the answers but is now on the adventure of a lifetime & I had the privilege of baptizing him in the lake near our home. The angels are having a party in heaven.
WINE TO WHALES
I recently had the privilege & blessing to be sponsored to ride a mountain bike race on our doorstep. I rode with the new principal at Applewood as his partner had some health issues. A 3-day stage race from Somerset West to Hermanus, roughly 70km per day on some of Gods most beautiful trails. Definitely my happy place being on a bike in nature.
This December we are taking some time out as it’s the only time we can close the Mission school & spending some time with Lisa’s family on the east coast as she’s just had a baby….thats Megan her sister, not Lisa for those of you wondering……I’m content with 2 thank you very much.
We pray you all have a blessed Christmas & New Year & that God blesses your 2018 abundantly. Hoping to see many of you next year so make a plan.
Love the Muir’s xxx