We’ve battled hard with discouragement this week, but we’ve also had friends come alongside and encourage us – for which we are very thankful. The Lord has also uplifted us through our own prayer and studies, especially Clayton’s study of 1 Kings 19. If even Elijah could grow lonely (v10) and weary (v4) in his ministry, then we know we are not beyond temptation. Yet it was the restoration (v7) and revelation (v11-12) of Yahweh that put Elijah back on the path of ministry. Pray that we would be laser-focused on Christ and His Word, and that we would gaze beyond the earthly, into the eternal.

Thankfully, we were able to go back to Lubwe this week! We spent our time this week continuing the story of Abraham, through chapter 18.

Micah keeps forgetting to take a picture of the ladies’ study in Proverbs, so here’s one afterwards, waiting for evangelism to start. It’s been about six weeks that they’ve met now, and this week, they finished a lesson on the importance of discipleship within the family from Proverbs 4. It’s a blessing to have a range of ages and stages of life so that all the ladies can learn practical wisdom from each other on this particular topic.

Some encouraging times over dinner with friends. Pictured here: Clayton against an entire family in Settlers of Catan. Eventually, despite the other three teams’ efforts, he did in fact win.

In the world of IT support, Clayton recently reconfigured CAPA’s network with Chris’ help. This allowed him to set up network-attached storage and site blocking for the first time.

Dikilani and Daniel trying hot chocolate for the first time! We had fun watching their reactions. Clayton continues to disciple them on Friday nights, so that they’ll be more prepared to study and teach the Bible in their future ministry at Grace Bible Church. We hope to leave GBC stronger and more prepared to minister to one other.

At church, Kondi just finished preaching through the book of Jonah, and before he begins the next series, he asked Clayton to preach. Clayton preached on 1 Kings 19:1-18. This was the first Sunday at GBC where we’ve had more people than chairs available! Micah’s happy to see more women attending regularly. It’s been encouraging to experience deeper relationships with the Christians at GBC and see opportunities to equip them for ministry to one another. Overall, this Sunday was a very high point at the end of the week.

“If the Lord had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. When I thought, ‘my foot slips,’ your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.” (Psalm 94:17-19)