I asked Tom if I could write this month’s blog article, and even as I do, I am fully aware that it is impossible to convey the depth of meaning in all that I want to say and communicate. It’s because you can’t see the actual picture that I have sitting here before me from eleven years ago. But let me try to describe it…
Tom and I, along with our four daughters who range in age from 7-17, are standing
on the platform in the worship center at Memorial Baptist Church. The worship centre is full and overflowing, and our family is standing in the middle of a circle of pastors and leaders from Memorial, ABWE representatives, and as many of our supporting pastors as could make it that evening. The room is dim and candlelit (that’s why I can’t scan the picture and let you see it for yourself!), our heads are bowed, and they are praying over us.
I remember it like it was yesterday. They said “Amen,” the piano started to play and we all, with tears, sang the song ‘Carry the Light’ as our family, each one with a candle in hand, walked down the center aisle through the middle of everyone who came to send us off on our mission to South Africa. Maybe you don’t need this picture described to you… maybe you were there.
Looking back to that day and reflecting over the past ten years of ministry in South Africa, never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined all that God would do. And to you who have prayed, given so much, cried and laughed with us over the years, we say thank you. To our Father in heaven who by grace alone called us “for the sake of his name among
the nations” we humbly bow. To our children who have walked the journey so well, we are proud of you. You have carried your candle well!
But the journey isn’t over because there’s a new picture to share. It is a picture from the first week in October, 2011, taken at the ABWE South Africa Regional Conference where we were once again surrounded by godly people, ABWE representatives, family, friends and colleagues who were officially launching us into our new ministry. In some ways it feels every bit as humbling, scary, exciting and amazing as when we came to RSA in 2001. (You can’t tell, but Tom leaned over and whispered to me, “Nancy, you’re squeezing my hand really hard!”). It was powerful and overwhelming for me. And yes, I cried again.
Then and now, it’s comforting to know we are not alone. “I will never leave you nor forsake you,” comes to mind as does your commitment to walk this road with us.
I, Nancy, just had to share this picture with you and ask you to pray for my husband, Tom, as he undertakes these new responsibilities. I’m very proud of him. He shared at the conference that he’s sure God didn’t pick the most gifted person for the job, but he’s also
sure that he was called by God to do this. I know that whomever God calls, He also enables. But I also know, we feel as inadequate for these responsibilities as we did ten years ago and we need your prayers.
We also need your support. The responsibilities have started, but there hasn’t been time to raise the financial support we need to meet those responsibilities. Would you prayerfully consider if God has enabled you to help? Here is a list of our immediate financial needs and please look at our updated Prayer Request tab for details of how you can pray for us.
There are two main financial needs: 1) The cost of attending the Global Outreach Summit in the US in January. At this point we have been unable to purchase our airline tickets as this was an expense that we did not have time to plan for, but is part of being Regional Administrator. We are looking forward to participating and helping cast ABWE’s vision for the future. 2) Funds are needed for travelling domestically on behalf of ABWE within RSA throughout 2012. We will meet with all the ABWE missionaries and our SA ministry partners to further establish a strategy for reaching people in our country as well as neighbouring nations in Southern Africa.
We are also on schedule for our next furlough in the US from April–August, 2012 where we will be sharing a ministry update and our needs with you; however, some of these needs cannot wait. “God Will Provide” has been a recurring theme in our ministry and we trust Him. Praise the Lord for the great things He has done, and will do.
With a full heart of love to all of you! Nancy Wolf