For the Wolfs, Thanksgiving wasn’t just one day where we ate turkey and enjoyed family and friends (although we did do that this year!). It was a month when we saw over and over again God provide, supply and bless us “exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ask or think.”
Morgan finished her matriculation exams and graduated (more on that in next month’s blog). She gave an amazing valedictory speech and finished strong. It’s hard to believe, but we’ve had kids in elementary/high school for 23 straight years and now that’s over! We both shouted… wahoo!
We also celebrated our grandson, Finnegan’s, first birthday just before their family left for the states, ending their two years of ministry here in South Africa. Thanks to all who have prayed for the transitions we’ve experienced. Not only did we get to enjoy Finn’s first birthday party, we also saw his first steps, and the enjoyment of his first ice cream cone! Wade and Tara are doing well and still need your prayers as they seek employment and their next step for fulltime ministry.
Mountain View Baptist Church called its first full-time pastor! On Thanksgiving weekend, with a 100% vote of approval, Pastor Johan Le Roux joined the staff at MV as the Youth Pastor and Worship Leader. Johan is getting married on December 17th and he and his new wife, Margaret, will begin ministry at MV on January 1st. It was exciting to see our church go through this important process and show such unity.
We also hosted Pastor Dave Kisner and his wife Wendy from Washington Heights Baptist Church (Dayton) who joined us in ministry for the annual leadership team advance. What a blessing to serve the Lord together, equipping our men and women for ministry.
A Southern Africa Regional Administrator update… we asked you last month to pray for our preparations to attend the ABWE Global Operations Summit in January. During November the days seemed to move slowly by as the date when our tickets needed to be purchased drew near and we still seemed so far away from being able to afford the expenses, both to travel and attend the conference. While we’d had an email from one pastor saying their church would contribute the amount needed for the conference expenses we still did not have a way to get there. Then one day, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, things changed in an instant. We opened an email from our brother-in-law which said he had deposited a check into our account from a VERY unexpected source. We went to our most recent email from the travel agent, and you guessed it…it was the exact same amount for one airline ticket. We were overflowing with thanksgiving at prayer meeting that night. But then we got home from church, and guess what? Our sending church called to say they were giving enough money to cover the second ticket. Within the next hour our tickets were purchased and we were in awe of God’s provision.
I guess you can imagine the tone of our Thanksgiving Day celebration the very next day. Last month our blog article was entitled, When God Calls, He Enables. This month’s article could be called When God Calls, He Provides; and He sure does, exceedingly and abundantly more than we can ask or think.
One last item of thanksgiving to tell you about… we sold our house this month. It is part of the overall plan to free us up for changes in our ministry and to also downsize a bit with the last of the Wolf girls growing up and moving on. We’d send you a picture of the FOR SALE sign, but we didn’t have time to put one in the yard, it sold so fast. The housing market in South Africa is almost as depressed as it is in the states, so this is just one more thing to be thankful for… and to pray about. Pray that we find a new place to live!
I love the following two verses of scripture. One is really short yet very powerful. The other is equally potent and both are part of this timely and seasonal update from the Wolfs. “Pray without ceasing” and the next verse is “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thess. 5:17-18)