Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Back in Africa!

We made it safely to Malawi last Thursday!  It was quite the journey, but the Lord placed people in our paths at just the right times to help with getting on and off planes.  We were warmly greeted at the airport in Johannesburg by old friends who helped transport us to the guesthouse for the night.  It was so great to see old friends and catch up even if it was for only a few hours.  The next morning we boarded the plane to Malawi and were again warmly greeted by our new co-workers.  It was such a blessing that customs at the Malawi airport allowed one co-worker to come back and assist with kids and luggage.  Between us and the other family that arrived we had quite the amount of luggage!

We are all finally sleeping through the night and feeling pretty comfortable navigating through the city.  Erin has been to several markets and is learning the best places to go for fruits, vegetables, etc.  We enjoyed worshipping Sunday at a church here in Lilongwe.  It is always such a blessing just to hear Africans worship.  I love to close my eyes and listen to the drums and their voices praising our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

A big Thanksgiving feast will be celebrated on Thursday with families from Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia.  We are very excited to see some friends we have not seen in a while as well as meet new friends.  Just in case you are wondering, there will not be turkey at the table.  Not to worry though, we have been hosted at 2 of our co-workers homes and their cooking is amazing!

We appreciate your prayers and emails.  It is always encouraging to hear from you.  Please continue to pray for our work permits to be approved soon. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Malawi Bound!

In less than 2 weeks we will be boarding the plane for Malawi!  Please pray that these last few days will be filled with great memories with family and friends.  Our time here in the States has been amazing.  We have thoroughly enjoyed being with family and reconnecting with friends.  Kody also had the opportunity to speak at several churches and share how the Lord is working in Africa.

These last few weeks can be stressful as well.  Trying to get all of our remaining belongings in 10 suitcases is tricky.  We have 8 of our 10 checked luggage already packed!  It's a good feeling to have most of the packing done so the last week here isn't quite so hectic.

Please pray for travel mercies for our family.  We will be on 4 different flights in 3 countries.  There is not a direct flight into Lilongwe from the States, but we are thrilled to get to overnight in Johannesburg and see many of our friends there!  We will be traveling with another family coming to Lilongwe and are very excited to be on this journey together.  They have 4 children close to our kids ages so that is a huge answer to prayer.

Pray for us as we prepare for our 'see ya later's' with friends and family.  This never gets any easier......we know that the Lord has called us to go and has given us much peace about that. but it's still difficult when you don't know when the next time you will see your loved ones.  Please pray for our family that the Lord will give them the strength to let us go and know that He will provide and protect us.

As we near the season of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, please begin asking how the Father would have you to give to support workers overseas.  Please take a moment and watch this video about the lostness we face every day and the great need for your financial support.  If you would like to support the work of our organization around the world by giving financially, please use this link.  Feel free to include "in honor of Kody and Erin Brandt" in the "tribute information" section.  This does not increase our salary; however, it does allow you to personalize your gift and our organization can more accurately understand who our partners are and the methods they use for giving.