Hello New Hope,
Most of the N17 team has successfully arrived (sans Becca who will join us on Monday) in the beautiful country of Namibia in the continent of Africa. We have already begun to see God working in the form of traveling mercies for the team. The day started with a minor blip with Dan Sin having to wait 20 minutes for a below average ice coffee only to be rewarded by a slightly cold but still delicious Shake Shack burger at JFK. Then Kate was almost not allowed entrance to South Africa because of a new law requiring her to have her birth certificate in addition to her passport. Luckily, Alex’s mother was able to come to the rescue waking up at 4 am to locate the certificate and send a photo via iMessage. Disaster averted. Finally, in the excitement of being in Namibia and seeing Steve, Seoyeon, Jen Chon, Pastor Kim, the team left Sharon’s back pack with many valuables including (MacBook air, kindle, gifts/supplies) on the front sidewalk of the airport. 4 hours later Steve, Pastor Rob, and Alex returned to the airport looking for the back pack with little to no hope. Then a very nice Namibian security officer (whose name happened to be Alex!!) escorts us to a back room, opens up a safe full of guns and M-16 rifles and pulls out Sharon’s back pack with ALL of the items perfectly intact! What are the odds of a back pack filled with expensive electronic devices being left at a busy African airport sidewalk and then being retrieved 5 hours later with all items intact? Praise God!
Then on the drive home from the airport, we were again greeted by some local baboons on the side of the road welcoming us back to Namibia. The day ended with another beautiful night filled with the beautiful, dark, star filled sky, then a delicious home cooked meal from our dear sister Jen Chon and finally a wonderful night of Prayer, focusing on Acts 11. Steve reminded us of the great example of the short term missionary, Barnabas, and how…he came and saw the Grace of God…full of the Holy Spirit and of faith…and a great many people were added to the Lord.
Our theme verse this year is Psalm 8; O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth….The Majesty of God is so easy to see as we gaze at the stars in the beautiful African night sky. Thank-you New Hope for your prayers!