Monday, January 24, 2011

Letters, Love and Prayers Vol. 8

4:15 AM
Dear Family and Friends!

Hello, from the beautiful continent of Africa! I've been here almost 2 weeks, and I've already fallen in love. It's so peaceful and gorgeous here, and I swear even the sky looks different. As you guys are experiencing a cold winter, I'm sweating through an African summer! But I can't complain too much, there's always a nice breeze and refreshing water nearby.

I've been able to post quite a bit to my blog, so if you haven't been able to keep up with it, you should check out my latest posts!

My team spent a few days in South Africa, and then we split up into two teams for a week and a half of ministry in Botswana. You have to read my blog on crossing the border to Botswana, it was so entertaining! This time of ministry has been challenging and fruitful. My team has been in Palapye, a small village on the east side of the country. It's further north and MUCH hotter! We've been living and working with a local pastor and supporting his church community. We've been preaching sermons, leading prayer meetings, and even sharing the purity message with the youth. We've also visited primary [elementary] schools, where we taught Bible stories and played games. We've visited hospitals, and prayed for the sick. We even saw God's healing power in action! The people of Botswana are so open and receptive, and willing to pray and talk about spiritual things. The church we've been working with is alive with the Spirit of God, and it's just been exciting to be a part of it!

Tuesday, we are traveling back to Rustenburg, South Africa, where we will be for almost 3 weeks. Here we will be doing more hospital and hospice visits as well as feeding programs. I can't wait to see what God has planned for the next chapter of our outreach!

Here's some ways you can be praying for me and my team:
~Health: many people have been sick on and off, so please just pray that the worst has passed and we remain healthy throughout the rest of outreach.
~Attitudes: as our comforts and strengths are being stretched, please pray that we can keep "the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus", and continue to be loving to one another!
~Faith: as we've already experienced in Botswana, God is on the move in Africa! Pray that our team has the faith to expect God to show up and act. We believe He has much more in store for our team this outreach
~Finances: my supporters have been so faithful in their continued giving to my ministry, and I couldn't be here without them. Please lift up my financial needs for bills while I'm in Africa, as well as future ministry plans after Africa, which God is speaking so clearly about.

Thank you all for your prayers and support. I feel God's presence in this place, and am so grateful for all the times you've remembered us in prayer. Please keep up to date with my blog: and use the PayPal link to send any financial donations.

I pray God's blessings for you and your family!

Joy Engdahl

About the author

Joy Muldoon is a full-time missionary and part-time blogger. Read about her travels, adventures, and missions here!