By God's grace upon grace we've continued following after that for which we've been apprehended. Not that we have already attained perfection but forgetting those things which are behind us we are reaching forth toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Phl 3:12-14
In middle November 2016 we started planning a building project we've prayed for and talked about for years. We were not expecting it anywhere in the near future but suddenly the Lord opened the door and we started demolishing the unwanted inner walls by the last week of November.
As we were praying whether we should increase our space as well by moving outside walls the Lord reminded us of a promise He gave our family back in 2000. It is from Isa 54:2-3 and in faith we moved the front wall of the house which was not in the budget originally.
Construction continued into the new year seeing God's providence time after time. By the end of March 2017 we could close the front door again and start moving into our new living space.
Very soon after this Daddy & Mommy van der Merwe left their children with Grandfather Jaco for the first to travel to South Africa and Tanzania for the month of May. A short business trip of Brother Llewellyn enabled us to visit family and friends along the way.
We planned to visit the mission in Mbeya, Tanazania specifically Brother Melvin Kauffman and their work with the orphans. There we met many other brothers, some old acquaintances and other new. It was a very encouraging time for us.
Brother Marvin Kauffman was sharing with us about the SALT Microfinance project by Christian Aid Ministries. It sounded like something we would want to do in our outreaches and we made good work of it when we got back home.
We contacted Brother Gary Miller who coordinates it and soon he started making plans to visit us.