Friday, July 29, 2011

Drought in Horn of Africa the Worst Since 1992...Our return to ministry in Cape Town

Entering a full month into a terrible drought that has sparked widespread famine across Somalia, eastern Ethiopia and Northeastern Kenya, it seems to be another refugee crisis with no feasible end in sight and children dying at an alarming daily rate. Recent figures put the number of Somalis fleeing into neighboring Ethiopia and Kenya at 3,000 people EVERYDAY (forgot to mention that key part in last email update)!

Let us continue to pray for the aid groups to be able to gain access to the most suffering peoples in al-Shabaab controlled Somalia, and for them to encounter the Lord Jesus as their Savior and Lord, the only One who suffered for all mankind to know their purpose (i.e. to enter into r/ship with Him)....John 12:32
I have put a link at the bottom of this post about a bit of what YWAM is doing in the region to meet the needs of the famine victims and bring true hope[just copy and paste into your browser, as I cannot get the link to work]:

http://ywam.org/News-Stories/news/YWAM-Acts-in-Somalia-Food-Crisis

PRAYER REQUEST: Hair Salon Ministry in Capricorn Township
On our part, Thandi and I are really looking forward to getting back into daily life and ministry in Kaapstad (Cape Town) this week, and especially the weekly fellowship we have with ladies from all over central-southern Africa in a shipping container painted pink for "Grace's Hair Salon." The first picture shows Grace (an Angolan national) holding Busi earlier this year during one of our Bible study/fellowship times. We hope to see them all together again this coming MOnday and then every Wednesday like we had before. Looking forward to giving updates on how they are growing in the Lord, and also on how we can connect more in reaching their husbands...




Also on the homefront, Thandi and I will be joining an Islamic teaching/reaching seminar at our base put on by a Nigerian colleague to grow in our understanding and heart for reaching these dear brothers and sisters. What an opportunity at just the right time!

Also had to make a point to post a pic to show we were able to celebrate Busi's 1st birthday with all of my father's family in Maryland and she was lovin all the attention!


We just opened a joint YouTube account under the username BryanThandi and hope you can check it out to see some videos we posted, including the short promo many of you saw on the work ahead in Issore, South Sudan and Busi’s 1-year slideshow…
The latest one shows Busi jumping into a pool and running around (plz excuse the wife's amateur videography:)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeuhC0OMUpA

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