In preparation for this trip, our national partner said one of the biggest obstacles to reaching the people of South Africa, is that they do not know they are made in the image of God. They do not feel loved or valued. However, this isn't just a South Africa problem. Indeed, it is an issue the world over. People everywhere struggle to know they are made in the very image of God and are therefore, of immeasurable value. It is of the utmost importance, when we share the Good News about Jesus, to talk about how humanity is the pinnacle of God's creation and His love for us is greater than we can truly ever know.
Recently, I heard a short sermon by Rev. Dr. Michael Llyod. In it he said, "Eternal love would rather die than lose us. That is the message of Good Friday."
How precious we all are to our Lord and Savior.
There are far too many stories to tell of the wonderful things God did on this trip. Besides, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Four lovely women from my church, spent the week ministering to families with special needs children.
Sharing the Gospel with the people in the Township of Motherwell.
Leadership and Four Fields training.
Hanging out with teenagers and teaching a Texas line dance...cowboy boots and all!
Over 24 entrepreneur attended a business leadership and microfinance training.
Our fabulous teachers, visiting preschools and continuing with training preschool teachers.
Two of my favorite pictures of my dad. When he was a young man on his way to a White Sox game, and of us at Niagara Falls in 1974.
Gary E. Myers December 21, 1936 - February 19, 2023
On Sunday, February 19, my father stepped into eternity. Even though it was not a surprise, it was still heartbreaking to receive the news. My dad worked for Kroger for 42 years and taught all three of us to have a good work ethic. He loved nature, history, John Wayne movies and baseball. But one of his biggest loves was music, all different kinds of it. It was not unusual to come home from school to find dad busy in his workshop (he was an incredible handyman, btw, he could fix anything!) listening to music. One day it might be Beethoven, the next it could be either the cowboy tunes of the Sons of the Pioneers or the raspy vocals of Janis Joplin. He loved it all! Dad was a quiet, stoic man and I think what people will remember about him most, is that he was a man of his word and a man of integrity. He was someone his loved ones could count on. In the spring of 2015, after years of prayer and much dialogue, dad made a profession of faith in Christ. I am overjoyed knowing he is with Jesus now, whole and healed, and that I will see him again.
Thank you all, so much, for praying for my parents, sisters, and me over these last 5 years. They were long and extremely difficult, and I am grateful for your faithfulness in lifting us before the throne of God. We will be having a private inurnment service for both my parents on May 6 in my hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana.