“…that they all may be one. As You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us…” (John 17:21)
Our Wedding – 27th April!
On the morning of our wedding I woke up at 4am, unable to fall asleep again, I showered and opened my Bible reading which happened to be John 17. Verse 21 particularly touched me as this was our special day to get married, a day where we were going to become one before God. As I got ready with my bridal party, Rob got ready with his groomsmen and we both anticipated the day with joy, peace and excitement. The sunrise was incredible and the weather was perfect. We got married in a lovely old Anglican Church, and my pastors, Howard Wylie took us through the vows and John Basson preached the message. We were blessed by family and friends who travelled from far to be with us on this special day. It was such a wonderful day where we both saw God answering our prayers in every way. Thank you to all those who prayed for us and for all the special gifts we received. Some of it we are using for our mission trip to Kenya this month.
Honeymoon gave me some time to relax and just be. We went to beautiful places in the Western and Eastern Cape of South Africa. We switched off our laptops and cell phones. It was a wonderful time with Jesus and with each other in God’s beautiful creation.
My honeymoon reading has been our Bible, quiet time readings by Oswald Chambers and a small book by John Piper about one of my favourite books in the Bible, Ruth. It has been incredible for me how each one has had an interwoven theme which is shaping our prayers and thoughts for our future. That theme has been “vision”.
And the Lord answered me, “Write the vision; make it plan on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end – it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay” (Hab. 2:2-3).
As Rob and I have prayed and waited on God, I have asked myself, “What is our vision, actually what is vision?” Oswald Chambers puts it so beautifully as we read on 2 May. He explained that having the vision of God is the source of patience because it gives us God’s true and proper inspiration. “Moses endured, not because of his devotion to his principles of what was right, not because of his sense of duty to God, but because he had a vision of God.”… “he endured as seeing Him who is invisible” (Heb. 11:27). He says further that “a person who has the vision of God is not devoted to a cause or to any particular issue, he is devoted to God Himself”.
We both have a passion and love for art. So I was delighted that during this holiday we were able to explore architecture, various art galleries and pottery houses on our travels, visiting Franschoek, Outshoorn, Graaff Reniet and Hogsback, all little country towns. At one of the art galleries in Hogsback there was a chalk board sign outside, and again the word vision jumped out at me. As I thought about these words in light of what we had read in the Bible and our daily devotion, I thought to myself isn’t it wonderful that God is the artist! He is the potter and we are the clay. We labour out of a passion and devotion to God who is our vision!
Life back at home
A week or two after arriving home from honeymoon we received the exciting news that Rob successfully passed his PhD in systematic theology. We are thrilled as this means Rob has finished with his studies and is free to now explore different opportunities where he can apply the skills he has learnt. During this waiting and preparation time Rob continues to work as an architect. I have now settled into our home and am thoroughly enjoying being a wife. I keep myself busy with my housework, my theological studies (I’m currently studying homiletics in 2nd year) and getting involved with small church projects in the community. I have had incredible opportunities to share my testimony with a number of churches in East London and Port Elizabeth and have sold many Toriana books. I also had the opportunity to lead a Bible study group with Xhosa Women at Alternatives Community Centre run by Wendy Heasley, Rob’s pastor’s wife (www.alternatives.org.za). They mainly care for women who are considering having an abortion and assist them with making an informed decision. They then offer counseling, skills training and support groups after they have decided to keep their babies. I had the opportunity of meeting some of these ladies and their little babies. I so enjoyed leading the Bible study and started practicing my Xhosa again. I will also be serving with the Christian ladies with a weekly soup kitchen helping the poor in our community.
Our mission trip to Kenya
On the 22 June Rob and I will travel to Kenya for 2 weeks to explore opportunities where we can serve as a team, discipling and equipping people in God’s Word. We particularly have a heart for the people of Africa so we hope and pray that this opportunity to serve with DIGUNA in their discipleship school in Kenya will work out well for us all. Please pray with us and the leadership, as we prayerfully consider this as a future ministry.
A new website
This news will be the last update on my website www.cathonamission.com and we will now be putting updates on our new website www.visionandaffections.wordpress.com