~ Spring / Summer 2021~ A Season Unlike Any Other
It's not an exaggeration to say that the past 8 months have been the most challenging season Carly and I have ever faced as a couple. Despite all the tears, all the loss, and all the wrestle and struggle, God has continued to use these two little Brady ladies to bring us constant reminders of His goodness, His love, and His desire for us to come to Him as children....with raw emotion, with our hurts, with our celebrations, with our confusion and questions, and with our hopes and dreams. Watching three funerals online and attending two funerals here is not how we imagined this year when we got back to Malawi last September. In the middle of this season however, God has also been at work. Young Life at the international schools has grown in leaps and bounds and in the last few months...
I've been able to sit down with 86 different students from five different schools across the city and study God's word in small group settings on a weekly basis.
We now officially have ministry at three schools
Saint Andrews High School (YL - photo at top)
Hillview High School (YL)
Hillview Primary School (Wyldlife - collage below)
We have met with parents, teachers, alumni, and administration at another four schools:
Central High School
Mount View Primary
Saint Patricks High School
We continue to pray for contacts and open doors at the other international schools in the city.
South End Schools
Bedir High School
By "We" I mean myself plus the SEVEN newly recruited volunteers who have been going through training. See the video link below to get a glimpse of how we spend our Friday mornings....driving around the city, praying over the international schools and the students, faculty, and staff therein.
Pray with us for green lights and open doors. Then pray also that the Lord of the harvest would raise up workers to go with us into the harvest fields!
In other news:
Miriam loves tire swings
Carly still hates public displays of affection
Ellie has really thrived at her new school and did great in their annual Sports Day competitions
And Carly and I were able to sneak away for a night to play in an ultimate frisbee tournament (Where she won MVP!!) and spend a night on our own for our 11th anniversary!
Thank you for laboring with us. Thank you for interceding on our behalf and holding us before the throne of grace. Thank you for reading these updates, for emailing us, for commenting on our social media, and for everything else you do to help us remember that we are not alone. We are quite literally "sent ones."
You have been wind in our sails, comfort for our souls, and we look forward to putting your food in our bellies! 😁😆😉 Please let us know when a good time would be for us to connect while we are in the US.
We love you guys and couldn't do this without each of you. See you soon!
-Zack, Carly, Ellie Jo, and Miriam Rose 💁🏼♂️👩🏼⚕️👱🏻♀️👧🏼