We are resurrection children

Friday’s embryonic stasis,

Be-laboured breathing,

Diaphragm heaving.

“I thirst”

“It is finished”

Darkness, the final act!

 

And yet, the curtain rises

Torn in two.

History surges forward

Thrusting into Saturday’s

Penal visitation,

Liberty and emancipation:

“Fling wide the gates!”

 

Sunday, this one day,

Now everyday

We are resurrection children!

> Steve Carter. Feb 2019

In the beginning… the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters” (Genesis 1:1&2. NIV). The Hebrew word used for hovering here is ‘râchaph’. It could also be translated as ‘brooding’, which creates the picture of a mother hen sitting over her eggs and keeping them warm and safe, ready for hatching. From this statement flows the rest of the creation narrative in all its splendor and dynamic power. It is a decidedly feminine picture of God, in preparation to give birth to creation. A similar feminine picture, Jesus’ words in Matthew 23:27: “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings…” (NIV) Lastly, on the cross, Jesus’ side is pierced (John 19:34) – and out flows blood and water. An unmistakable connection with a womb that gushes water and some blood when the amniotic sac is broken – a sign of impending birth.

This is one of God’s signature moves – birth. And further: rebirth.

It is a theme of the New Testament that we might be reborn, taking our place in God’s family (See John 3:3 specifically). Concurrent with this is the idea that God is always bringing beauty from ashes, joy from sadness, life from death. We have experienced this ‘life-from-death’ phenomenon in our own lives. Through God’s parenthood we have been birthed into new life – we are resurrection children. It is our desire to see the people that we serve continually experience God’s ongoing work of bringing life from death, possibility from hopeless situations. That the family of resurrection children may grow and flourish.

 

It is for this reason that we have given our lives, in this current season, to serve in the city of Rustenburg. Thank you to all of you who make this possible through prayers and financial support. May God bless you richly!

Last year we had the amazing opportunity of travelling to Holland as a family to visit Inez’s side of the family. Inez’s Dad is preparing to relocate to Holland in June of this year, and so our trip enabled us to be with the whole family as this decision was made. God, through His phenomenal riches, provided for the four of us to travel there for three weeks. We admit, no one was more surprised than we were – it was a lavish blessing and grew our faith in God’s provision in huge amounts. The trip was a miraculous occasion for our family – during which Inez’s Dad’s plans were finalised, and Inez could be present to lay her beloved Mom to rest together with all of her family.

We cannot adequately express our gratitude to all those who responded to God’s prompting and provided for our family! You know who you are; and we are beyond grateful! May God bless you richly for your obedience and generous hearts.

We are really excited by a new year full of possibilities to join God in His work. Whether that is through the time we spend supporting individuals and families through parenting, relationship and marriage coaching; with the assistance and guidance we provide to different churches, pastors, ministers and their families; offering counselling to those families who do not have affordable access to these services (an exciting new partnership with the Rustenburg FAMSA branch); work with vulnerable women and children; or the varied weekly ministry of promoting missional perspectives for The Church in Rustenburg.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers (you can sign up for our monthly prayer requests here). We also pray often for God to open new financial support streams for our family, so if you are willing to pray into that please contact us! Otherwise, sharing our needs with others is also a wonderful way to support our family. (You can reach our giving page here.)

Thank you for joining us on this journey so far, we couldn’t make it without God’s loving embrace and your ongoing support.

Blessings and peace,

Steve&Inez&Isabella&Joshua