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Friday, 16 January 2015

What is God doing?

I think it was around March 1998 that our eldest daughter flew off to Brooklyn New York to take part on an internship program with www.metroworldchild.co.uk She stayed for the 4-5 month program and then returned home for a few months before being offered a place on staff at Metro Ministries as it was then called. She worked there for seven years, we visited on a number of occasions and could tell that this was the calling that God had on her life. A calling to work with the vulnerable and needy.

Metro is 'Based on the principle that it is better to build boys and girls today than to repair men and women tomorrow, Metro World Child reaches nearly 100,000 inner-city children and their families every week in New York and around the world.'

It was at Metro that Vashti met her husband, a fellow Brit, they returned at the end of the seven years to be married and then follow their call to work with orphans in South Africa. The main part of their three month honeymoon was sent working with Metro on the rubbish dumps in the Philippines and Thailand. They have spent the past 10-11 years working in the rural and urban areas of Durban and Kwa Zulu Natal. During this time they have also adopted two little boys and have been caring for a third baby who they also hope to adopt. They have also cared for a number of older children during their time in SA. They began a charity supporting orphans and mainly their grandmothers who are caring for them. This charity was put on hold a couple of years back, they knew at the time that they didnt have the financial support to run the charity as they felt God wanted them to. Vashti now works part time for their church as children's pastor and Martin has been home schooling their boys as well as keeping up contacts with those who live in the area where they carried out their ministry. Vashti has also worked into the homeless shelter in Durban supporting the girls who work the streets and their children. 
Before Christmas they had come to the place where they wondered if God still wanted them in SA, each month was a struggle to meet their bills and care for their family, they gave God an ultimatum, either He shows them what they are to be doing in SA or they begin to set about moving back to the UK. 
Well God spoke and just last week they took a trip to visit some friends who they met on their arrival in SA over ten years ago, God had been speaking to them too and if you would like to read more of what they believe God is saying, please visit my daughters blog
www.sheltermeblog.wordpress.com

Im always a little reluctant to step out and say this is what God is saying, maybe its not? But I do believe that if we don't act on what we believe we may miss out big time. I know their testimony is that they haven't always acted on what He has said and at times they have acted on things He definitely HASNT said. But what I also know is that He is their loving Father and will carry them through any mistakes they may make and I can never say they haven't taken huge steps of faith throughout their adult lives and that their hearts have always been to serve their Heavenly Father in loving those living in devastating circumstances.

Below is Vashti's IG post from last night




In 1991 a prophetic word was spoken over Vashti, it was a long word so I will just take a very small portion of what God said 

"....Dont lose anything that God has given into your hands for the Lord has blessed you and the Lord has called you and the Lord says 'I will use you if you give yourself seriously to Me, that joy will spring out more and more to everlasting life and you will be a blessing to all around you, for I have called you and I have put My name in your heart and I have put My name on your tongue....'"

5 comments:

Just a little something from Judy said...

I read this sobering and heart warming post today. I also went and read your daughter's blog and her thoughts and words and new ventures. I appreciate that you shared this, both from your heart and from hers. It is amazing how God works and how He leads. I am committed to praying for you and for your children in this new adventure in their lives, knowing that God personally owns the cattle on a thousand hills. Trusting Him to continue in leading and providing for them as He leads them through this newly opened door.

Thank you Lindsey, for sharing today.

Peg said...

Oh, how my heart goes out to this young family! It is always amazing how God leads, and I pray that as they follow and walk through the open doors, they find the peace and energy they need to continue.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

God has certainly led them, and blessed them, supplying their needs to do His work. Thank you for sharing their divine story here; they are in my prayers, as is their entire family!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

It all sounds to exciting and so huge to read about the new direction God is leading your daughter and family. Truly an opportunity for their ministry to grow and grow!

Krafty Connie said...

It takes a huge heart to give that kind of love and make that kind of commitment.
(connie aka cootie bug)