But, as we hugged, cried, and kissed goodbye, God quickly hugged us and gave us strength to walk away as HE said, “It will be alright. They are in MY hands and have always have been!” We checked through Security, headed to the gate, and off we went to the new adventure of God’s calling on our life….AFRICA…. We arrived Saturday evening in Johannesburg, South Africa, to be met by fellow missionaries from TEXAS, Dave and Liz Even from FBC Mckinney! We piled into their Toyota bucky (truck), then off to Camp Eden were J-Life Training Center is located. Its about a one hour drive from Johannesburg. We were greeted by John Abrahamses and his wife Lorna, who are the founders and directors of J-Life Africa. We got settled into our cozy little room, that will be ours until we are ready to move to our duplex located at Camp Kimmid, about 60 km from here. We were awakened by a beautiful sunrise at 4:30am!!!! The view is breathtaking here at Camp Eden.
That afternoon we met with the J-life training staff and trainees. They are an amazing group of people from different countries and cultures across Africa. They have a heart to Advance the Kingdom by way of discipling believers to become “Discipleship Makers”. John told us the group this year is smaller than past years, but they represent six countries across Africa and they want to be trained for the Kingdom work!
One of my first African experiences was getting to drive! Well, first of all, the steering wheel is on the right side and they drive on the left side of the road! Darleen prayed a lot and took pictures as I drove. It’s going to be her turn soon! We were fortunate that where I drove the traffic was not so heavy!
Keep us in your prayers as we continue to study the DNA of J-Life Africa Ministry, learning the different cultures, and start working across 9 different countries in Africa. We are doing well adjusting and ministering to students at J-Life. It has taken some patience getting used to the slow internet connection, but we are so thankful for our iphones, on which we can do all our emailing and facebooking!
We want to say thank you to all our church family, staff, and friends across the USA for your prayers and financial support to keep us here doing what God has called us to do. We are humbled by the love and encouragement from everyone, and do not take it lightly! Please continue to pray for our daughter and our grandkids- give them hugs and tickle Makayla for me! Below are some pictures:
In His Grace
Billy & Darleen
Some of our friends who were able to meet us at the Airport to send us off..