Lazarus the Leech; 100 Pairs of Pants; and 17 Years of Home-Schooling

Dear Friends,
Below is a few snap-shots today of what our preparation for South Africa looks like. I think the prayer requests will be self evident. It is a joyful ‘tyranny of the urgent’ that beckons us each day.
Lazarus Lives

Yesterday for dinner our family went to Brush Creek park near our house. Several of my boys and I took a walk along the bank of the creek. As we turned to leave, Isaiah said, “Daddy, what is this?” He had a small leech in his hand. It was not attached, so we carried it over to the picnic table, (100 yards away, or so) and placed him in his new home. . . a Styrofoam cup. On the drive home, Isaiah settled on the name Lazarus for his beloved pet. Somewhere along the way, Joseph quoted Proverbs 30:15 “The leech has 2 daughters, ‘give,’ and ‘give.’ I knew that reading a chapter of Proverbs a day would have it’s benefit, but I must say I did not see that one coming! I find myself hoping that Lazarus only has one life and that it is short and that his stomach is never full!

Pants Everywhere
We have been told that clothing in South Africa is more expensive than in the US, and that we should therefore bring over most of our clothing. We will be there for about four years during the first term, so, we are collecting clothing for 7 people for 4 years, (especially jeans and shoes). The adults are easy to shop for, but the boys. . . yikes!
Our master list looks something like this:
Stephen (Age 1)
Shirts ____
Jeans ____
Sunday Shirts ____
Sunday Pants ____
Socks ____
Sunday Socks ____
Shoes ____
Sunday Shoes ____
Underwear ____
Coat ____
Sweater ____
Other ____
Stephen (Age 2)
Shirts ____
Jeans ____
Sunday Shirts ____
Sunday Pants ____
Socks ____
Sunday Socks ____
Shoes ____
Sunday Shoes ____
Underwear ____
Coat ____
Sweaters ____
Other ____
And so on, for Age 3; Age 4 etc. for 5 boys!!! One of our boys can put holes in jeans after 1 usage!
I think you get the picture. Each boy needs 4 years of sizes. This is a tedious task. Thank you for your prayers. In looking for jeans in particular, Scott recently found good quality jeans and pants on clearance at Walmart for $2.50-$3.00 a piece in various sizes. We bought a full cart of them. . . and went to another Walmart and did it again! . . and the search goes on.
17 years of Home-Schooling
The following has or is being purchased for our education needs in South Africa:
Joseph, 4  years of books and curriculum
Isaiah, 4 years of books and curriculum
Josiah, 4 years of books and curriculum
Nathanael, 4 years of books and curriculum
Stephen, 1 year of books and curriculum (assuming he is ready at 4 years, like our other boys.)
Total years of materials 4+4+4+4+1 = 17 (insert screaming here) –joyful, missionary- like screams. . . 🙂
The total retail cost of these materials is between $7k-8k; but through discounts and used book searches we are saving much off of that price. We have budgeted $4,000, but hope to obtain it for less.
We have attached our master list of materials. If anyone has good quality used books that they might sell to us or give away, please let us know. 
 
Ministry Update
-Praise God for a full speaking schedule over the last few months and into August.
Almost 70% pledged support. . . approaching our 80% needed for pre-field training in July.
-We are praying for 10 more $50.00 per month partners by July; churches and/or individuals.
-Praise God for dozens of new ministry contacts and meetings. . . we are busy!
We will write again soon. . .
For His glory alone!
Scott, Erin, and the boys
 P.S. Special birthday wishes to Stephen who turned 1-year-old last Saturday!

 

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