Rebe and I are excited to share with you that we are expecting our 4th child in late February! We praise God for this new miracle that he has blessed us with. While we understand the challenges that come with our current living situation, we also understand that we serve a good and merciful God, and we look forward with hope at this next phase for our family. We can still, however, relate to this guy…
I want to share a short story with you about how living simply can heighten your senses. Several weeks ago (Rebe was only 5 weeks pregnant) we were returning home from a “tsanga-tsangana,” the Sakalava version of an afternoon stroll through town, when we decided to stop at a little shop and buy some rice. Across from the store lives a precious little old lady and we walked over to say hello to her and her two friends. Rebe began asking one of them about her health, and I started playing with the kids when I noticed one of the old ladies looking intently at Rebe, specifically her midsection. I began watching her watch Rebe, and when she glanced at me she smiled her big toothless grin, patted her belly, and said, “misy atao koa (there’s one here too)?” She then stepped over to Rebe, patted her belly, and repeated, “misy atao koa?” We were blown away that she could tell Rebe was pregnant when we only confirmed it that week. We noticed a few other women intently eyeing Rebe that week, and when we started telling people the next week many of them already suspected!
We look forward to updating you as we follow this new path. This all comes as big things are happening on the island with our team. We continue to translate portions of the bible and Sally Lloyd-Jones’ Jesus Storybook Bible, the band is making more songs from scripture, and we are having our first public outreach event in August. AIM has also been in talks with a few evangelical denominations about sending a Malagasy pastor to join our team and help transition from “church-tilling” to church-planting!
I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High. (Psalm 7:17)