Tis Africa, Bro.

I am here!!!

After a 16 hour flight and a week and a half of orientation in Botswana, I’ve made it to JoBurg, and I am settling into my flat and office today. I’ve even already been shown how to work the espresso machine. Sorry, kidneys.

I don’t even know where to begin when someone asks me about orientation. It was the most challenging and rewarding week of my life. The first 24 hours were hard, really hard, and there were many times where I just wanted to RUN back home. Back to the comfortable and the easy. Back to my quiet little house and my family. And it was in those times that, no matter how many people may have been around me, I had only the Lord to depend upon. I had to rely on the truth that He called me here and brought me here, and that I am privileged enough to join Him in this beautiful adventure, for HIS glory. Because it is not. about. me.

“But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” Hebrews 10:38

I have learned much about myself and much about the Lord this week. Being a part of a team has meant coming face-to-face with my selfishness. Joining this team, being away from my family, and working with the IMB will definitely require and has already required some hard decisions. We have been consistently asked if we are willing to do whatever it takes to take the gospel to the nations. And I have already gotten just a glimpse into how difficult answering that question is. But it is all for my good and for His glory. And I can rest in that.

I am insanely blessed. I get to work alongside two beautiful and talented ladies every day (we call ourselves the Jozi 3 by the way), in addition to the many other people here in the office. And I have a support team of 12 other INCREDIBLE Hands On students in Sub-Saharan Africa, who I know are praying for me, and who I get to pray for on a regular basis.

The Jozi 3 Team Verse: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25

He is up to something, guys. Something really good. And I can’t wait to tell you guys all about it as I watch it unfold.

6 thoughts on “Tis Africa, Bro.

  1. Glad you are there and discovering who you are as well as WHOSE you are!! that is what it is all about in addition to telling the world about Jesus! Enjoy South Africa. We have been there several times..once for six months while my husband was on faculty at UCape Town. The country is beautiful. the people are awesome and the IMB has fantastic staff all over the country. So enjoy the rooibos, love the people to Jesus and have an awesome time!!

  2. We are praying Galatians 6:9 (our paraphrase) for you:
    “Let Hayley not lose heart in doing good, for in due time she will reap if she does not grow weary.
    Wayne & Mandy McGuire

  3. So excited for you and to be able to follow you as you minister in South Africa. Just got back from 3 weeks in SA. My son-in-law is from Cape Town. I am a former member from Edmond First Baptist, Edmond, OK and loved the times your Dad came to do our Winter Bible studies.
    My prayers will be with you. I love the verses you quoted from Hebrews 10:24-25. What translation did you use? I love the way it is written. (Of course I could research this-but wanted to contact you).

  4. So blessed by your blog, Hayley. Missing you so much but grateful to know you are exactly where God wants you to be at this point in your life. Can’t wait to hear about more great adventures walking with Him and growing in Him. Love, love love…Mom

  5. Thanks for the update. So glad the Lord is teaching you to depend on Him as He knows what’s ahead for you. We are so proud of you. We have your postcard by our key rack so every time we are going out or coming home, it reminds us to pray for you. Praying for the harvest. Take care.

    Sent from my iPad

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