God is SO incredible! What a great season to celebrate all HE has done.
Wanted to first of all say THANK YOU for all of the prayers and support this past year. Thank you for believing in what we are doing and equipping His work here in Swaziland. We thought it would be fitting for you to understand just what that was this past year!
-Expansion-added 7 new CarePoints and have now reached over 5600 children monthly with food, medical care, educational support, and most importantly-the Love of Jesus.
-New orphan home-a way to reach out to provide in community care for the worst cases of orphaned and vulnerable children
-2 new church plants(construction underway now)
-Global Leadership Academy students- graduated 19 world changers today.-this is the next phase in our completion plan when our CarePoint kids get older
-leadership team. We now have 48 local african’s working for us, and 21 missionaries all serving in a variety of capacities
All of this-GOD receives the Glory and credit for. We are amazed at what HE has equipped and accomplished this year.
It is easy to get “lost” in the numbers, or to puff a chest at the above. Please know-we recognize and see that it is NOT anything to do with us, but EVERYTHING to do with our heavenly Father. We continue to focus on the “One”. The one boy that met Jesus at the carepoint and introduced Him to his family, the one intern that was next in line in their family to be “sangoma”(witch doctor) and broke the curse by choosing to follow the Lord, the one child that sat in my lap and recognized that she has a father that loves her and sees that HE is always with her, the one that learned that serving is the greatest thing she can do to understand her own poverty. We have thousands of “one” stories. And all evoke our deepest emotions and greater awareness of God’s character and countenance.
We believe for great things in the year ahead. Believe with us! Will you pray with us and for us on January 1st? Just a minute to ask the Father to give us wisdom and guidance in the year ahead, to see His vision for the ministries of Children’s Cup Swaziland.
We feel that the Lord is asking us to theme next year for Cup Swaziland. “Going Deeper”. Everything we do next year will be about deeper relationships, deeper faith, deeper connections, deeper training, deeper focus, etc. The team is in place, and we are excited to bring all of our staff together in January for a 3 day training to set the tone and direction for 2012.
2012 will bring visits from Mitch’s mom and dad and 12 teams from the states. It will bring a new focus on discipleship and nurturing relationships. It will result in more children understanding and learning about Jesus in a deeper way…because of YOU!
Thank you for your prayers- they have sustained us. Thank you for your obedience in your financial giving-it has equipped us to cary out a small part of His work here in Swaziland.
We love and miss you deeply!
Mitch and Charlotte