Hello dear friend! We hope you are well. So appreciate all you do for us and have done for us. Big news for us:
God says in Psalm 1 that those who live for Him, who are planted by His streams, will flourish. They will bear fruit in season and the fruit will last forever...the work we are able to do in this short time and small space can be planted and watered in a way that will make it eternally fruit - bearing.
We hope that speaks to you. It gives us great peace as we look to our source and our next season...
We are moving back to the USA at the end of August 2016.
The ministries we have been blessed to start and watch the Lord grow, are all at strong local leadership and accountability points. Decreasing our need to be as physically involved (truly a blessing as we have seen the model work.)
The farm is to a point with local leadership and partner missionaries that the vision will continue and grow! We thank God!!
We have spent 6 years to get to a point of comfort that ministry efforts are showing long term fruit.
We will always love the people of Southern Africa and are filled with hope in seeing that the Lord has made a difference that will last beyond our years and He continues to equip the local church and local leaders to grow.
Upon returning to the states, we hope to spend a time reconnecting with family in the Dakotas and prayerfully with you. A lot has happened in 6 years time and we want to hear all about what the Lord is doing and has done in your life. We will always be involved in some form of ministry and service to others as unto the Lord. We don't have clarity on what the long term will look like, but we know the One that does. That gives us comfort!
Please know that your prayer support is highly valued. And your financial support is still needed and appreciated. We still have 4 months left in Africa and relocation needs upon returning. Any gifts of support that come in beyond August of this year will accrue and be allocated with our partners for the ongoing works in Africa that you have helped us create over the years. If you are supporting us via an automatic monthly gift and want to continue, then do nothing. If you want to cease your automatic monthly support after August, then please email World Outreach and they will cancel your auto-gift. You can email them at wom@WorldOutreach.org
Again, We really appreciate your prayers and ongoing support as we make this transition.
Over the next few months we will press in here in Africa to ensure longevity of the programs and ministries we have been a part of.
Thanks so much for your grace, your love and your support. We could not do what we do without you.
Stay tuned for more updates and photos as we plan to finish strong the next 4 months.
See you soon, just in time for a presidential election. (Eeek)
Mitch & Charlotte Hildebrant
Missionaries to Southern Africa