Monthly Archives: September 2018

Sand Stories

At the beginning of September, we took a much needed family trip to Swaziland. It is only a four hour drive to the border or six if you have two toddlers. I have crossed a couple of borders before so I thought I knew what I was in for. I was wrong. First surprise was we had to get out of our car on the South African side of the border. We had to go into a building, wait in a long slow moving line to get our passports stamped. The second surprise was we had to drive 300 feet to the Swaziland side of the border and do the same thing!

Once we were in Mbabane, we had a wonderful time. When you are in Swaziland, you can open up the window in the morning and hear nothing but the birds singing. Internet access is sketchy at best so we enjoyed several days of just being together as a family and having fun. We went to a game park where we could get out and walk. We saw lots of buck and zebra up close. We saw two crocodiles too but didn’t want to to come too close to them. I was quite proud of Ary. She walked 2 km without a complaint.

Chilling by the swimming pool

The braai master

Greetings to Miliwane Park by a buck

We also stopped to see some TWR friends. The kids and I finally got to visit the transmitter site where many of our programs are broadcast. Our friend who runs the transmitter site told us a fantastic story about the building at the site.

TWR did not have the money for all the materials to build the building at the transmitter site. Specifically they did not have enough money for the sand and transporting it to the site. They started praying to God that he would provide the funds. Later, Swaziland experienced a big and ferocious thunderstorm that lasted for three days. When the workers came to check for damage at the site, they discovered a vast amount of sand deposited in the stream next to the site. God provided the sand and the transportation to the site so the building could be built.

The sand you see below us is where the sand was deposited by God’s storm

The transmitter site today

We all have sand stories. Stories where God took a terrible storm in you life and provided for you. Stories where God answered your prayer but not in the way you expected. Since living over here in South Africa and joining TWR. I have learned to pray specifically and then expect God to show up and He does. God is faithful. Sometimes I just need to pay attention more to see what God is doing.

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September 2018 Newsletter

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Laura and Lauren enjoying some eats before they went back home

Well, intern season is over and while Ryan might not have two heads mounted on the wall, TWR Women of Hope does have a new app.  Our interns, Laura and Lauren, worked hard and managed to build a working app in less than two months.  The app still needs to go though a few approval channels before being released to the public, but the major work is done.

Aryanna and Owen hanging out after churchLaura and Lauren both jumped into TWR with a huge learning curve before them.  They set out determined to build what they needed.  With a little help and mentoring, they both grew as developers and did an impressive amount of work.  Ryan enjoyed getting a rare opportunity to work with other software developers.  It was satisfying to mentor other young developers and pass what he has learned over the years.

Aryanna and Owen hanging out after church

We also enjoyed getting to know Laura and Lauren on a personal level, having them over for dinner.  Aryanna adored them both and called them “the one with the hat” and “the one with the hair”.  We’ll miss having them around and we hope they’ll be able to return one day.

Elyse finished writing scripts for “Hope for our Children” in August. It was a challenging work for her. She enjoyed the struggle and even was challenged by what she was teaching about money. The program is now being translated into Zulu and produced so it can begin airing by the end of the year.

Ary and Owen’s Corner

Aryanna on the swings with friends at her birthday party

Ary turned 3 in June. We had a birthday party with Ary’s three best friends at a local playground. The kids had lots of fun playing on the equipment and eating Ary’s special request: Toy Story ice cream cake.  Ary has started to develop into a little girl instead of a toddler. When Ary is awake, she is talking. She loves to play with her stuffed animals in the bath tub calling it Grandpa’s boat. She loves to read and will sometimes read to us. She can even pick out letters and numbers on pages and signs. Her favorite place to visit is the Botanical Gardens so she can feed ducks and play in the dirt and trees.

Owen is an energetic toddler. He can be entertained by cars whether big or small or in a book. He notices every airplane that comes near our home. Owen would rather be outside than anything else. He will throw or kick a ball with you for hours on end. He is still not talking but communicates very well with his hands.

Listener Story

I am a faithful listener of your programs. Your topics have given me spiritual growth in term of Bible reading and the courage to go through hardships. I am starting to see the difference between the person I was in 2017 and the person I am today. I believe that God is going through your programs to revolutionize my Christian life. Thank you so much.
-A listener in Cote d’Ivoire

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