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3 weeks ago

Merryfield Village

Pray for MV this morning, 7AM Eastern, as the real estate agent goes to the owner of the property to discuss our offer. These cottages would be perfect for taking in those babies sitting in the hospital right now. Thank you for your support & encouragement. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

Merryfield Village

Fall 2018 Update
To all our supporters,

We wanted to give everyone an update on where we are right now. To preface all this, we wanted to share a portion of a devotional and this is what it said in part.

“No one is ever a fool for trusting the Lord and choosing the way of the Spirit. Like Ruth, always choose right; choose the way of the Spirit and not that which seems right, practical and sensible in the sight of man.“

What the Lord has been doing, since we returned from the US a few months ago…simply put, is amazing! We have an exciting update, and one that requires a bit of change, but we are only being faithful to follow the voice of the Lord. Many times it doesn’t make sense to those on the outside, but to us, it seems scarier not to follow that still small voice when he calls us. Even when there were moments when it didn’t seem to make sense to us, we’ve chosen to lay down our desires to follow Him. For the past few months, it’s been tough to be in the waiting, but we have seen the hand of God in the timing of many things coming to fruition and falling into place which has been astounding to watch. Two days before we returned to S. Africa in July, we had a prophecy spoken over us by a pastor of some friends of ours in VA. We had visited their church and when the Lord gave him this word for us, he had never met us before and didn’t know anything about us, but what He spoke over us was clearly from the Lord. Some of it was for the future and didn’t make sense to us at the time, but we received that word and looked forward to seeing how the Lord would work it all out. Looking back now, we have literally watched that word unfold before our eyes since July. We wish we had the time to tell you all the whole story, but we don’t in this e-mail. After much prayer, this is what we are feeling led to do.

We have been introduced to a pastor and his wife at a different church and we will be relocating to that area so we can partner with them because they have our same heart for orphans. We were introduced to them through our mutual friends after they moved there from Jeffreys Bay. Our friends introduced us because they knew we all had the same heart. After visiting several times, we felt our prayers were being answered and felt that we had come home and we feel so blessed to be a part of such a supportive church in Somerset West, New Generation (New Gen) - Liberty Church. Merryfield was blessed to help them finish their baby haven and they have just been approved to take in a premature baby. Glen (the pastor) told us that there are currently 12 babies sitting at the hospital waiting for homes. While this is heartbreaking, we are so excited to be connected and to be under the covering of a supportive church who shares our same vision to take in even more orphans. They have such a passion for the hurting and the less fortunate, as we do.

The other exciting news is that we were shown a property by a developer friend that has 3 cottages on it that would be perfect for MV to take in more children. This property is so unique and we will be able to house up to 18 babies/children. It has already been zoned to add another 10+ dwellings to increase the number of children we can take in, in the future. We also were introduced to another gentleman by another friend at a different children’s village, who will be helping us in the startup phase of Merryfield who has experience working with the government there. MV business will be set up to help MV become self-sustaining, therefore freeing us up to not have to spend the majority of our time fundraising but to be hands-on where our giftings are.

Also, In talking with some other dear friends in Port Elizabeth, who run an orphanage there, they also gave us the name of a very prominent attorney, who advocates for orphans, and when asked where she is located, we were told she is in that area as well! She will be able to assist MV in advocating for our children in care. All these connections just came together within the last couple of months and we are still blown away by it all.

We ask that you lift up this property. This is a huge step of faith for us and we are trusting God for the finances. We just made an offer in faith, so we are asking you to pray for favor for us. We have an investor that would like to partner with us, but we will need extra funds to get everything off the ground and to pay the new house mothers and to provide for each child’s needs who comes through MV in this new endeavor. We have not had an opportunity of this magnitude since we moved here.

Thank you so much for praying for us and partnering with us. We could not do this without you. We are so excited about all the things that are happening and to actually see MV’s heart to serve even more children coming to fruition. It’s been our heart's desire to be able to help in a more tangible way and now we are seeing the answer to our prayers.

Thank you so much for your continued support and prayers, we will keep you all updated.
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3 weeks ago

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4 weeks ago

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4 months ago

Merryfield Village

Prayer and Praise - August 13, 2018

Well, the Lord must want to finish what He started here. We just received all our passports back with 3-year visas!! 🎉 This is such a blessing as there is more and more talk of the government not giving out as many volunteer visas now. Thanks to all who were praying for us! We are beyond grateful and excited for what’s ahead! #MerryfieldVillage
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4 months ago

Merryfield Village

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6 months ago

Merryfield Village

Prayer and Praise - June 5, 2018

Thank you for praying for the arrival of Sydney Symes, one of our US board members daughter. She is with us this week, and we are excited that she is here and gets to meet our team, kids, and spend some time learning more about MV. She already has jumped right in to help and serve Siphiwe* over the past weekend. (See pics)

We would also appreciate your prayers for a trip to Plettenberg Bay this week to meet with a social worker, attend more meetings and meet with two of our board members to finalize some paperwork.

Please be in prayer for us as we finalize our plans for our trip back to the states on June 14. This may be the last time we get a chance to post while we are stateside as we have a hectic schedule hitting six states while there. Also, pray for us as we work on an MV promotional video that we will share in meetings while we are stateside.

We really would appreciate your prayers for the Lord to guide our time while we are stateside. We have many meetings we will be attending and need to make the most of our time while we are there for five weeks.
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7 months ago

Merryfield Village

Prayer and Praise - May 29, 2018

We are excited that we are headed back to the US from June 14 - July 19. God is so good to have provided this opportunity for us. We look forward to seeing so many of you who have sponsored and prayed for us. Can’t wait to update each of you on the exciting things the Lord continues to do here in South Africa. We will be in NC, VA, TN, AL, TX and hopefully CA as well if time permits.

We also want to give a big thank you to Claudia, who has interned with us the last five months and will be leaving on Friday, June 1. She has been such a light and a joy to work with these last months, and she will be missed immensely by all of us. When we took *Kelly into emergency care, she jumped right in and helped out so much. He will miss her as we all will. Thank you for giving your time and blessing us with your heart of gold, Claudia, we look forward to seeing you in the states and whenever the Lord brings you back to South Africa. You have so much love in your heart for the less fortunate, thanks for sharing it with us and so many other ministries you blessed while you were here.

We also ask for prayers as one of our US board member’s daughter, Sidney Symes, as she will be flying in on Thursday to join us for a week. Please pray for her safety and that she will be blessed by seeing all the Lord is doing here, meet our team and have some genuinely South African experiences.

Exam time is upon our kids right here before we return to the states. Please be in prayer for them as this is a very stressful time, especially for matrics here in South Africa.

Also, we want to be able to send more detailed updates than we can here on FB to our prayer warriors via e-mail. If you aren't on our e-mail blasts, please send us a private message with your e-mail address so we can add you to the list. So many exciting things are happening that we need to update you all on.

This calling would not be possible without each of your prayers, support, and donations. We love you all and can’t wait to see some of you while we are stateside.
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8 months ago

Merryfield Village

Prayer and Praise - April 24, 2018

We had an amazing four days at the COTN conference spending the weekend with Tich and Joan Smith (founders of LIV Village), getting fed the word, deepening relationships and getting so many questions answered. We are so excited about them mentoring us through this whole process and are so grateful for their precious friendship and encouragement. Having the same heart immediately binds you together in the Lord.

We were also blessed to spend time with our board member, Douglas Baartman and his wife, Edith. How wonderful it was to take the LIV tour together as it allowed them to get a more accurate picture of village life and ministry. It was such a benefit spending quality time with them talking through all that God has in store for MV in the days ahead.

Praise - all SIX horses are settling in well together. This is a definite answer to prayer.

Big thank you to our intern, Claudia, for holding down the fort with our kids while we were gone and for our team members, Cobus and Tertius, for taking and picking us up from the airport. We are so thankful for you guys.

Busy week, sorting out questions in regards to our farm contract with our CA and working on visa renewal items as well. We have to get all that in order in the next two weeks. We would appreciate your prayers. This is always a season we have to put everything in the Lord's hands and trust for another three-year visa. Please pray especially, as this will be the first year that Preston has to apply for his visa on his own, as he is 18 years old now. We had a situation with some other missionary friends where the three of them obtained their visas, but their 18-year-old did not receive his. We appreciate your prayers where all of this is concerned. We trust the Lord‘s will in all this.

We love you guys and are excited about all God is doing. Thank you for partnering with us and for helping some of the more than 5 million orphans in South Africa. We covet your prayers.
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8 months ago

Merryfield Village

April 17 - Praise and Prayer

Busy week this week with lots of meetings.

We have been blessed again by being given two more horses this past week for horse therapy. Pray the horses all settle in well together. We have been blessed with a free place to board them and also were blessed with a donor who will be paying for the new horses feed and vet visits. It makes our hearts soar to see the community giving and seeing the kids from town being helped by MV’s horse therapy. We now have six horses.

Merryfield Village is now officially a trust! This adds extra protection to our non-profit here in South Africa.

You prayed, and God answered. We had a donation come in from the U.S. which is allowing us to leave for Durban this Thursday through Sunday. We were invited to spend the weekend with Tich and Joan Smith, the founders of LIV Village, and attend the COTN Conference. We are looking forward to this trip so much to talk further about our partnership with them.

Please pray for wisdom as we will be interviewing our first house parents on May 5.

We want to praise the Lord for the amazing team He has given us. We have been so blessed to walk this journey with some of the most incredible and mature Christian people who have a deep passion for God, and who have compassionate hearts for orphans and those in need. We are humbled to work with you all.

In between meetings, we are working on updating our website as our team has grown so quickly and trying to get everyone added to the site.

Thank you prayer warriors and for those who listen to that still small voice to give into this ministry that is much bigger than what we can do on our own. God is able and keeps showing Himself...we are blessed!
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