Jesus said to them, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
No one could ever claim life in Africa is boring. This is exactly the way we like it.
Cape Town Outreaches
We have been involved in many exciting ministry opportunities since we have been in South Africa. We have been doing regular outreaches at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and in a nearby Muslim neighborhood. Students on campus are open to the Gospel and we are working on building relationships with on-campus ministries to build partnerships with.
After 30 hours of travel, on three flights, touching three continents (from Phoenix to Seattle to Amsterdam to Cape Town), we finally made it to our long-long-long-anticipated destination: the stunning and draught-stricken country of South Africa. Jeremy impressed us with how well he did on all three flights and layovers, and he didn’t take long to adjust from jetlag. With only 50 liters (13gal) allotted per person, per day, what we have had to adjust to are 60-second showers (using buckets to catch excess which we reuse for toilets and gardens) and overall careful, minimal use of water. Nonetheless, our feet have finally been planted firmly on (extremely dry) African soil.
It is a joy to be here with the family and with friends at Frontline. On our first Sunday here (the 18th), Hunter was given the opportunity to preach about Jesus being our victory over the spiritual battle. Since then, he has been preparing for more teaching opportunities here, such as an overview of early Christian responses to Islam at the Reformation Society meeting tomorrow and a podcast or two with “From the Front Line.” The three of us are beginning to settle into a delightful rhythm here, and we are eager to see what will unfold in the days and months to come.
The Cats and the Castle Update
Thank you all very much for your prayers! We have found a home for our kitty Juliette and are still looking for a home for Romeo. We also discovered after our last inspection that our AC unit had given up the ghost sometime since we last used it in the summer. Thankfully we have a very competent realtor who is helping us work out the logistics of replacement so that the next owner of the Castle will be blessed with a brand new unit. We also as of Monday night are under contract again! Praise God!
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Phoenix has finally caught up with the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, temperature-wise, which means we can actually begin to believe that Christmas is right around the corner! I know we aren't the only ones who love to enjoy a cup of tea in the evenings with a good book and a warm blanket. Unfortunately, there's little of that going on over here at the Combs Castle.
It seems that life, much like a book, is filled with many, many chapters. Some are filled with highs, while others with lows. Some drag out in mundane monotony, while others glide by in their exceptional noteworthiness. The past two and a half years working with International Students Incorporated (ISI) has been one of those latter chapters, filled with some of the most wonderful experiences for our family.
Sadly, our chapter with ISI is soon drawing to its close. Due to our plan to move to Cape Town later this year and with the academic school year coming to an end for our student friends, our time on staff has come to a close with ISI. We are so grateful for all we have learned from our partnership with ISI and the amazing community we have become a part of because of it.