They say you have to leave your new home for a while and come back in order for it to really feel like home. Our two-month stint in Phoenix was the longest we’d been away from our home in Cape Town since we first moved here. Despite having called Phoenix “home” for so many years together (and for all of Hunter’s and Jeremy’s lives), we can definitely say it felt good to be “home” again in our Cape cottage.
Christmas and Cacti
After a month of meetings, ministry, and fellowship, it was a joy to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas with our American family. We even had a “friendsgiving” reunion with several of our dear, old college friends before the holidays officially commenced! Despite how much time had passed, despite how much had changed, it seemed so normal to be gathering with these particular friends and family to celebrate the season.
Experiencing a particularly cold and rainy Christmas in Phoenix was so much fun for us all – since Christmas is always fairly hot in the southern hemisphere. Our family even got a permit to travel up north to find and cut down a Christmas tree! This was a first for us, and it was really cool having that experience with Hunter’s parents!
For Christmas, 19 of us gathered together to celebrate Christ’s birth, and it was a wonderfully festive day! Our boys loved opening up presents and playing alongside their cousins all day. It had been two years since Hunter and his siblings had all been together for Christmas, so this was a particular highlight for us all.
Bowling and ‘Byes
We managed to go bowling with the family the night before we had to leave. It was a bittersweet evening, knowing we had to say goodbye after the last pins had been knocked down. We took up two lanes and had a blast taking turns in showing off our skills (or lack, thereof!), enjoying one another’s company one last time before our departure.
Jeremy was particularly devastated when we had to say goodbye to his cousins. It was impossible for him to understand why it was even necessary to leave. After all, how could our home be so far away from theirs? We’re amazed at the grasp our four-year-old has on the heartache of saying farewell to people we love so dearly. At least we know when the time comes to visit our American family and friends again Jeremy will be sprinting to the runway!
We’re so thankful for the generous hospitality that Hunter’s parents offered us throughout our time in Arizona. Having four people invade your home isn’t an easy affair for anyone. Yet, we were welcomed with open arms and made to feel completely at home! The memories our boys were able to make with their Grammie and Papa was the most priceless part of our stay, and we anxiously await making more with them in the future.
Support Raising and the Prayers of Many
As we shared about our ministry and met with different friends and families in the states, we were encouraged to see how many people were praying for us. It was a blessing to be given many opportunities to share our vision to reach the lost in Cape Town. Although, we have had several generous one-time gifts towards our ministry since returning home, we still are in need of people to become monthly financial partners with us in ministry.
We still need to raise an additional $2,000-$3,000 a month in financial support, in order to continue doing the work God has called us to. Would you prayerfully consider becoming a part our monthly financial support group?
Hitting the Ground Running
After a long and exhausting journey home with our young ones, Hunter had no time to recover from jetlag. We landed in Cape Town just before New Year’s Eve, and the Biblical Worldview Seminar (BWS) began just four days later. Hunter has an update on how the BWS and the Great Commission Course (GCC) went! Keep your eyes open for the next email…
Two Years by Two Oceans
Our little family just celebrated our two-year anniversary of moving to Cape Town! Life has changed drastically in that time. Some highlights include: growing from being a family of three to a family of four, establishing regular evangelism in an unreached Muslim community, launching a series of Biblical Preaching Workshops for local pastors and teachers, teaching Biblical Greek and Ethics at Back to the Bible Mission, radio and podcast ministry and forming lasting relationships with our missionary interns, local pastors and churches. Although life in South Africa isn’t easy (headlined by the rolling blackouts, water restrictions, and messy politics), we are thankful for the unexpected blessings God has surprised our family with.
Thank you for your continued love, prayers, and support! Your faithful generosity and kindness fills our hearts with much humility and gratefulness. May God be your joy and strength as you walk with Him daily.
With much love and gratefulness,
Hunter, Andrea, Jeremy, and Joshua
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