‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.’ Ecclesiastes 3:1
After 21 years of ministry on Morning Star, Norma and I have come to the end of a ‘season‘. It has been a season of joy, uncertainty, reassurance and deep inspiration, and it has had its moments of sadness – such is the Christian life. As Charles Spurgeon once said: ‘The best of God’s saints must experience trials. The dearest of His children must bear the cross…we need winds and tempests to exercise our faith, to tear off the rotten boughs of self-dependence and to root us more firmly in Christ.’
So, it is with heavy hearts that we bring you, our faithful friends and supporters, the news that we are moving on to new ‘pastures’. But it is with joy that we celebrate God’s faithfulness in blessing us with a lovely couple – Gary and Dianne Jones – to carry on the work He started.
As many of you know, my health has deteriorated in the last few years, necessitating a move to a more moderate climate near the sea and closer to better medical care in South Africa. Again, God in His faithfulness, has provided miraculously for us, in relocating, through the generosity of two old friends, Walter and Reinhild Hawelka.
We will still be involved in facilitating team visits and identifying possible projects in the Matobo area and the Green Island Vision will continue through Gary and Dianne, who have been doing similar outreach work in a rural community near Victoria Falls. To facilitate better administration of the GIV projects, plus improved communication, we have linked up with Perception Funding (a USA 501c non-profit). Perception is a Christian organization who specialize in supporting a number of other similar non-profits, in several countries. You will be receiving news and updates of several new projects which Gary and Dianne (under the GIV banner), will be undertaking in the Matobo community. We trust that you will be as generous in your support of these projects as you have been to us, in order for GIV to continue blessing the poor and needy in our area. As always, we cannot thank you enough for helping us improve the lives of so many in the Matobo Hills community.
May our Lord bless you as you contribute to ‘the least of these’. (Matthew 25:40)
In His Name,
Chris & Norma Ferguson