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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

June 2013 Newsletter

"Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain . . . Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward."
- Psalm 127:1a,3 (ESV)

Our Little Blessing...
...Ellee Renée St.Clair was born on May 24, 2013. She weighed 6 lbs. 7 oz. and was 19.5 inches long. So this family of three is now a family of four and it's wonderful to be able to speak of "our kids" now instead of only "our boy." They make our lives so much happier.

Medical care in Africa...
...was a bit of a concern for us, before we moved here. We came having no idea, really, about the availability of hospitals, the quality of medical care, or the number of trained physicians we might find. As always, God has answered our prayers and we have been very pleased with the medical facilities and care we have received in neighboring South Africa. Our main prayer requests were that Abby would have a safe delivery and that Ellee would be born healthy. Now, Abby has recovered very well and baby Ellee is just fine, too.

God's Perfect Timing
As we began planning for the birth, we had decided to drive to Bloemfontein a few weeks before the due date to ensure that we would be near the hospital and not need an emergency delivery in Lesotho. Abby would tell you that she really had no specific reason for choosing May 22nd as the day for us to go. But God had His plan and His timing set perfectly. We had arranged to stay at a guest house in Bloem for about four weeks in total. We arrived the evening of the 22nd and that night Abby started feeling contractions. On the morning of the 23rd, we went to the hospital to visit some of our teammates who had been in a bad car accident and were being treated. Just as we were leaving the hospital, the contractions increased and by suppertime, it was clear that we needed to get back to the hospital and await the delivery. By early morning, two weeks ahead of her due date. little Ellee was born. It was neat to then be able to call our families in the States to give them the news! We are so grateful to God for His leading and for working things out according to His perfect timing. Again and again, He shows us that He is in control and will take care of our lives as we seek to serve Him here.

Meanwhile in Lesotho...
...we have felt some significant opposition from the enemy against our team of AIM missionaries. It seems that Satan is attacking our team through medical emergencies and physical suffering. In an earlier prayer letter, we told you of the death of one of our team leaders from an undiagnosed condition. Since that time, nearly everyone on our team has been to see a doctor for various reasons. One team member was treated for an unknown viral infection. Another had an operation done. I've been to see a doctor twice with a painful, swollen abscess on my nose. Our unit leader injured his hand in a biking accident. The couple I mentioned above was going to Namibia to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary, when they had a scary accident that rolled their Land Rover and put them both in the hospital. The husband has a few cracked ribs and various minor cuts, while the wife received a severe laceration on her head and some damage to her arm, requiring a skin graft and other care. In fact, Abby's hospital trip was the only planned and normal visit of us all! Please join us in thanking God for His protection, which we never want to take for granted!

Shortly after Ellee's birth...
...some of our friends who are missionaries with OM drove down from Pretoria to visit and took some new family pictures for us. As you can see, they did an amazing job! It was great to spend time with them, as God has brought us on very similar journeys.

Our plans...
...have been to move to Mokhotlong in August. We are waiting still on our housing to be settled there and hope to know soon when we can move. Please pray with us that all of the details will come together so that we can finally settle in for the next few years. I'm able to be involved with the TEE program while here in Maseru, but most of my TEE work will start after we move up to the mountains.

Thank you to all...
...who are keeping up with us on Facebook, bringing our prayer requests before the Lord, and giving to our financial needs. It is a blessing to have so many brothers and sisters supporting us in this work. Please continue to pray for our language learning. We are certainly making progress, but we both find the language much more difficult than Spanish was for us. It will certainly take a lot of work and the gifting of the Holy Spirit to master Sesotho. May the Lord bless and keep you all! We love you all!

- Jonathan, Abby, Kyle & Ellee St.Clair
jastclair@aimint.net