Hello there faithful readers! Are you enjoying the chill in the air? Possibly wearing a sweater? Remember those!?? I’m finally wearing shoes that aren’t flip flops!– pulling out socks, and choosing to wear Josh’s, because his are way more comfy! Hahaha OK, enough about socks!
We celebrated Josh’s return from Africa on August 26th. He came home, jet lagged, of course, but healthy and with a renewed vision for Jesus. He will share later in the letter, but for now it’s just gonna be me chatting about the ins and outs of the toddler rescue I have going at my house. Before Josh left for Africa, he took a few days off to secure the backyard, building gates, and securing pieces of the deck. He made sure the boys had space to be safe and free!
It seems they might not like it here… and are trying to escape! Hahaha, no, they love their life; pure boyhood going on over here. Super into exploring, climbing, and who could forget eating! Owen screams for food, but we are teaching him to say please first, which to him is just clapping his hands repeatedly, but hey, that is better than screaming, right?! Owen also started a new trend in the house, the high five. My true extrovert, walks around with his hands up, saying “high figh, high, figh”. It took me off guard at first because mentally I’m still picturing them swaddled, tiny in oversized onsies. But now they are busting off the snaps of most babywear, and running to their big boy car seats! What happened to the babies?
OK, now for some Africa updates! Thank you again for all the financial support and prayers that got Josh to the other side of the world and back. He arrived and did what James penned as “pure religion”, caring for orphans and widows (James 1:27). He also helped run three camps full of games, balloon animals, and silly songs. It was neat because they had old friends Wongi and Fiki help with the games (Malawians that trained at IHC back in 2013). The first camp was full! Over 400 children, 50 youths, and 100 adults! The huge crowd might have been because they partnered with Vic Murphy’s Action Sports Outreach team. Vic and his hooligans jump over trucks and flip backwards on bikes, ALL for the sake of the Gospel. They sure put on an entertaining show, but more importantly, they preach the truth, and hearts respond!!! That day, 300 people raised their hands to receive Christ! Angels rejoiced and kept on rejoicing when the team hosted a second camp: 300+ children came, 250 of those precious children accepted Christ alongside 35 mothers/grandmothers and 30 youths! Wow, the harvest IS truly plentiful.
In between running those camps, they drove to a hospital and visited the children’s ward. It was there that they shared the Gospel, prayed for them, and presented care packages. After that, they visited more widows about 200 mother and grandmothers and children, with 60 believing upon the message of Jesus. From the surrounding 26 villages they were able to minister to 60 widows providing them with food, songs, and prayer.
Matthew 25:40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
Malawi is often referred to as “the warm heart of Africa”. It is also known to be one of the poorest countries in the entire world. How is this possible? How can an impoverished country possess such a rich spirit?? Perhaps it’s because Jesus is real, and His word is living and active, bread and water to all those who thirst. It’s hauntingly powerful to know that when the team left apologetically for not bringing more food or medical supplies, Abusa (which is Chichewa for Pastor) Pilera told them his people “need Jesus more than they need food.”
A Note from Boomchuck: I wanted to thank you personally again for your support of the Rasmussen Clan and subsequently to the mission here at Indian Hills Camp. We are grateful that we have co-laborers in all of you reading this. Your support whether in spirit, prayer or financial is a critical part of our family. Even are boys get to be little lights to the people God brings here. It is obvious that Alicia has many talents that God is utilizing in this community. We are humbled to be useful in His hands. Please continue to join us in prayer as we continue to chase after what God is doing and that He would continue to provide for our needs.
- Continued wisdom for IHC as God shapes our vision and ministry
- For the grace to raise our boys in the way that they should go
- Increased monthly donors
- We need to get Alicia’s wisdom teeth removed. This is a surgical procedure and is quite expensive. Please pray for funds.
Blessings, from Josh, Alicia, Silas, Owen, and Caleb
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