Friday, April 19, 2013


And a lot of times I don't understand.  But, it is such an incredible blessing when we gives us a glimpse of His divine plan.  Sometimes we get to see His reasons in the middle of our confusion or frustration.

Frustration.  That's what I was feeling.  Lots of it.  Calvary Care Home had set empty for several weeks.  No patient referrals.  How could we be in the middle of one of the largest AIDS pandemics and not have any patients?  I kept asking God this question over and over.

Then finally, the calls came and we got several referrals.  We were so excited.  We called to workers to come in and Kyle made arrangements to go pick people up.  But, it didn't go quite as planned.  A social worker had arrived at the bus stop with two grannies, not HIV+ and not sick.  They didn't fit our admittance criteria at all!  Kyle took a few minutes to think through the situation and then by the prodding of the Holy Spirit, told the two ladies that we could take them for two weeks.  He couldn't imagine putting them back on a bus when they were so excited to come.

When he told me about the two ladies, I was disappointed to say the least!  "They aren't even sick," I thought.  But then he proceeded to tell me their stories, to share what they had poured out to him . . . . The first lady had 7 children.  Five have died with AIDS and her remaining two are "sick".  She's preparing herself to bury all of her children in her lifetime.  Her heart hurts.
The second lady is caring for her grandchildren, but some of the older boys have gotten into trouble with the law.  The police have been out to her house and one of the grandsons was shot and killed.  She's not sure of the future. Her heart hurts.

Christ is the only healing for that type of hurt!  Our prayer for these strong ladies is that Christ would change their lives and give them the strength to continue. The grannies are really the ones holding the communities together.  I'm so glad He brought them to us!

Then on Thursday, Kyle goes out to get another patient.  He comes back and says, "She's 22 years old. Not HIV+.  And has had a sore throat for a year."

Here I was frustrated with God again.  Why can't we have HIV+ women who actually need our care?  I was practically shouting this in my heart!  It didn't feel like we were doing anything important.

But God had His reasons . . . .

After some thought, we decided to take the new young lady to the clinic here in Richards Bay (her clinic would only give her a pain medicine for her throat) and see if they would treat her.  Well, the clinic was able to convince her to take an HIV test and it came back positive (explains the year long sore throat) and we are now waiting for the results of some further tests.  But in the mean time, we will begin teaching what it means to live HIV+, talk about medications, and try to keep her immune system strong until she can get on medications.  Kyle will continue to the Bible lessons and we will pray that God grips her heart.

I should learn by now that God has His reasons for EVERY person that He brings to us!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Kyle just returned from a conference where he was gone 2 nights.

People often ask me if I'm afraid or worry about our safety when Kyle is gone.

I always answer, "Yes and No".

The "yes" part is because we are always on guard and always taking precautions.  The break-ins, high-jackings, murder and crimes against women are always a threat.  There is always that possibility even when you take every precaution you can think of.

BUT, the "no" part is bigger than the "yes" :)  The "no" part involves God.

Our lives are in God's hands, our safety is in God's hands.  That gives me incredible peace when home alone.  The girls and I have tea parties, watch princess movies and eat ice cream.  I sleep well and long. Precautions- yes, fears- no.

Some of you then ask, "what precautions do you take?"

At night:  one dog sleeps outside, one dog sleeps inside down the hall with the bedrooms
                our house alarm calls an armed response guard
                our doors have gates and our windows have bars
                we sleep with mace in arms reach

Below is a pic of the things at my bedside when Kyle is gone: cell phone, keys with panic button, mace gun, lg can of mace spray

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Story of God's provision: 

The week before Easter, we went camping for a few days here in Richards Bay (to be close to the Care Home). The trip had its complications! The first day our car battery died and our camping "neighbour" had to help us jump start it. Then it started pouring. And rained and rained and rained. Then the car battery wouldn't start again and our friendly neighbour had to give us a jump so Kyle could go buy a new battery. And more rain. 
But, things finally dried up and we camped "normally" for a couple days, enjoying the fire, smores, and pizza pies. The morning we were packing up, Abby wandered over to the neighbour that had helped us with the car and struck up a conversation. We didn't know what all that conversation entailed, but right before we left, then man came over to say our daughter is pretty good at PR and represented the Care Home. He said the bank he works for manages a donations foundation. He asked Kyle to email some info and he would see what they could do. 
Well, today R9000 come through ($1000) with a note that said, "It is small, but it is a start". They are looking at annually giving to the Care Home. 
What a blessing and how fun to watch God work through Abby and our dead car battery!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Our sending church's Sunday School kids from Cement City Baptist Church, gave money for school supplies to help a Christian school near by.  This school is dear to our heart as it is mostly for orphans, run by a wonderful pastor friend and greatly wants to see these children know their Saviour.

Here are a few pics from handing out the school supplies: