Wow! We’ve been in the States away from Lily of the Valley in South Africa for five months already. As we celebrate Christmas and anticipate the beginning of 2015, we look forward to our return to Lily.
Below we are attempting to answer some of the more “frequently asked questions” (FAQ) that may be in your minds regarding our return to South Africa.
1) Where are Ellie and Eden? How/what are they doing now? Will they be going back with you?
They are doing well, settling into life in the States since their high school graduation, and will not be going back to SA with us. (although we wouldn’t be surprised if they wanted to visit Lily again sometime). They each have jobs and are looking into what their education plans will be. Ellie is staying with an aunt, and Eden with our oldest daughter, Kaleena; so it’s good that they will be with family once Mike and Lori return to SA.
2) Will you do the same things at Lily as you did before? What will your roles/responsibilities be when you return?
Mike will be returning to the role of “Village Manager”. (When we use the term “village” we are referring to the property at Lily that has the childrens’ homes). He will be involved in direct oversight of the care of the children (think dad to 100+ kids), as well as leadership and development of staff and volunteers.
Lori plans to be involved with the preschool age children, helping to track and facilitate their early childhood development.
3) When do you go back?
We have been given the “green light” from SIM to make our travel plans!
Although we would have liked to return before Christmas, we are now making plans to return in January. We had some medical appointments to accomplish and follow up with. We are currently in the process of applying for our travel visas and hope to hear that we have been approved. If there are no complications or delays in regards to these things, we will be leaving on flights scheduled for January 10th. We pray the holiday closures at government offices will not interfere with our timing, however we can change our tickets if we have to.
4) Do you still have financial support left to raise before you go back?
Praise God that we are currently 93% funded! We appreciate each and every person who has been partnering with us in this Kingdom work. Already 66 families, and five churches, have stepped out in faith as senders. That’s a lot of people, and it’s beautiful to see that God has united so many around a work that is close to His heart; caring for the orphan. Each financial sender is giving as the Lord has led them to give; doing the part God has given them. Each is contributing to what God is doing at Lily of the Valley. We’re excited to be part of what God is doing; and to be doing it in partnership with God’s people. You can be part of it too. The outstanding portion of our needed monthly support is only $500! Five more who are willing to make a faith promise of $100/month will meet that need. No amount is too small. Please pray about your part in ministry with us at Lily of the Valley Children’s Village. Perhaps God is leading you to partner with us in missions through a monthly gift. For online giving, use the giving button below. When you do, you will have the option to set up a recurring monthly gift. This is the easiest and most cost effective way to support an SIM missionary.
We’re going back to Lily, want to come?