As Luke begins his account of Jesus’ birth, he begins by saying in chapter 1, verses 1-4, that his purpose was to make an account of the things that have been fulfilled… “so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.” So, here at Christmas time, we thought we would we look back over this year and recount the many things God had done this year, as a testimony to God’s faithfulness. Our testimonies have great power!
This year, our family began to see the fulfillment of what God had been preparing for us for many years. Will you recount some of these victories with us- both as we prepared to leave and once we got here?
– We had a place to stay and adequate income even after April quit her job until we left the country
– After our car accident, we experienced supernatural healing and He provided for every physical need that followed, including transportation for the rest of the time there.
– He provided healing to Jonathan’s eye much quicker than expected by the doctors that enabled us to feel good about the timing for leaving.
– Minimum financial provision was met to get to Africa.
– We were able to spend time with deep, long lasting friends, and they got to send us off to Africa.
– God connected us with Erin and provided for her to come help with Pierce during our transition, and she fit seamlessly with our family.
– We had great places to stay as we transitioned in Kenya and Tanzania
– April spoke at the International Association for Special Education, received great feedback on her session, and made great connections with individuals, schools, and ministries to work with in the future.
– We were able to find a great house that met our needs (and some extra blessings) at a great price, with a good landlord, and a central location.
– We bought a van at a great price.
– We were able to get most things we needed to furnish the house at great prices, and we were even given many things by other expats and missionaries who were leaving.
– Our visas were extended so that we could stay in country without major complications (even though it was very last minute).
– We have begun to build community here.
– Great growth in the children’s ministry.
– New church plant with the Maasai, where 15+ people have begun a relationship with Jesus, and we are reaching a largely unreached people group.
The practice of looking back on what the Lord has done, I believe is an essential spiritual discipline. It helps us to look forward with expectancy for what God has next, and agree with Matthew 1:20 when the angel who instructed Joseph, “do not be afraid…what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit,” because we are confident that, “no word from God will ever fail.” Luke 1:37 May our response be to worship Him, as Mary did in verses 46-55, and may we begin to seek God about what he has for us for the next year (and century), so that we have the courage to believe and step out in faith to see His Word fulfilled. Please share your victories as well as the things God has put in your heart, but haven’t yet been fulfilled, so that we can believe with you, and be a mutual encouragement to each other, as Mary and Elizabeth were to each other.
December has traditionally been a huge month for our funding. Several of you have given one time gifts at year end. Will you please consider partnering with us with a one time gift or monthly donation? We really need it to be able to stay here.
Love, The Noahs
About Jonathan & April Noah
Our vision is to Empower, Equip, Exhort, and Encourage the local people and ministries of Eastern Africa. So, as to become self-sustaining in order to further the kingdom of God, our heart is to see people be radically changed by the power of the gospel.