We are so excited to share that we are expecting the arrival of our second child early next year – and it’s a boy! Please pray with us for a healthy pregnancy, baby and birth. Yara is obviously thrilled and seems to understand what is happening; she asks to see my tummy daily, praying for the baby and giving him a hug and a kiss. She even shows him things!
We had fun celebrating Veronique’s (Raldo’s sister) 21st over the Month of August! She had a number of celebrations and Yara had many opportunities to sing ‘happy birthday’ for her Tannie!!! I’ve only posted pictures of the celebrations we attended!
Veronique had just returned from a mission trip to Ethiopia over the mid-year university holiday, so it was very fitting to have her main celebration at an Ethiopian Restaurant. Her friends and family got a chance to share in some of her experience. We are so proud of her!
Raldo’s older sister, Soraja, and her husband, Sarel, also came down from Pretoria for the weekend and we had a great time catching up with them.
We rounded off the time with a family dinner together to celebrate Veronique’s life & future!
Sunday 29th of July was a very special Sunday as eight of us were ordained; seven of us as pastors and one in the office of an evangelist. It was quite a historic moment- the last ordination at Baxter was a decade ago! Here are a few pictures of the wonderful morning:
We were so excited to see our first ordination of an evangelist!
Pastor Gareth Stead preached an inspiring sermon at the service called “Calling all heroes”.
It was amazing to have family, friends, partners in ministry and those we lead celebrate with us! Thank you, your encouragement and your very lives have spurred us on over the last 8 years!
We began this semester with a bang! Our leaders’ meeting at the start of the semester was well attended and we left feeling united in mind, heart and spirit. It was great to see our strong team of leaders all come together to hear the game plan for the semester!
We handed out almond seeds to all the leaders to remind them of God’s promise to us of supernatural fruitfulness for this year! In the Bible, Aaron’s rod was a dead almond branch that supernaturally budded, blossomed and bore fruit when placed in The Most Holy Place in the Tabernacle (Numbers 17). We too are expectant that we will see supernatural fruitfulness in our outreach, conferences, leadership development and pastorates as we co-labour with God and increasingly yield ourselves to Him!