Sunday, June 16, 2013

June Newsletter

Johann & Louise Vanderbijl
~ Touching The Whole Person – Body And Soul ~

- Vision with action can change the world -

An anointing for preparation…
“Johann and Louise; we anoint you in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  We anoint you with an anointing of preparation…”  The Revd Nancy Kenny and Nancy Hartley prayed for us before we shared our Lord’s vision for the people of Gambela and in the Horn of Africa in general with the folks of Holy Trinity, North Augusta.  As we shared, we saw heart-felt compassion take root and begin to bud.  For both of us, it was an anointing of preparation.
The Rector of Holy Trinity, The Revd Rob Hartley, has a passion for the work of the Lord in the Horn of Africa and in South Sudan and his passion shows.  We are all anticipation to see how our Lord leads this Spirit-filled parish to partner with Louise and me in the future.

A pearl of great price…
In Matthew 13:45-46 Jesus tells of a merchant who sold all that he had in order to purchase one pearl of great value.  Of course, the object of the parable is to illustrate the forsaking of everything to gain the kingdom of God, but it could very well apply to Louise and me at present.  While everything we have done in life up unto this point is very precious to us and dear to our hearts…the men, women, and children we have served and the many friends we have made both here and abroad…we believe we have found a pearl of great price in the people of Gambela, Ethiopia.  To many, this pearl appears to be without value, but our Lord has graciously shared with us His heart for the displaced, the disenfranchised, and the discarded people of this region.  To others it seems as though the trade is not justified, but to us…well, how does one share the hidden depths of one’s passion? 

The immediate future…
There are a number of steps one has to take when preparing to go into the mission field. One of them is psychological testing.  This past Saturday we took the tests...3 1/2 hours of question after question after question...from every angle, negative and positive.  

We just had our post-test psychological red flags, thankfully and the results were very accurate.  Louise and I are on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to extrovert versus introvert!  No surprise there.  With me perfectionism was a bit on the high side as was self-sacrificing and a dislike of confrontation.  No surprise again.  Louise also registered on the high side when it came to a dislike of confrontation…the psychologist said this must make for a peaceful home!

The next step is attending the SAMS Crossroads Conference July 1 to 3.  Then the matter of people/partner raising and the paperwork necessary to get the right visa for working in Ethiopia.  

In the meantime, we have been getting all our personal paperwork in order – I applied for a copy of our marriage certificate from South Africa – we lost our original!  We are not sure how long that will take.

Also, Louise will be attending a Missionary Medicine Intensive course offered by Equip International October 27 to November 7, 2013.  Please pray for Louise!  She has two sizeable prescribed books to digest before the class starts!

Thank you for your prayers and your ongoing support. 


Johann & Louise
 The Rev Dr Johann Vanderbijl and Louise Vanderbijl are hoping to be missionaries of SAMS (Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders) serving in the people’s region of Gambela within the Episcopal/Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa

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