Many of you have been asking why haven’t we been updating our blog and that you are wanting to know what’s going on. First thank you that’s very kind…Second we are crazy busy here and to sit down without my boys is a very rare thing. Even as I type this im watching samm practice memory verses with the boys using popsicle sticks. Anyway we are also not blogging because the deep and amazing things that are taking place is very hard to process. God has been working overtime at the Platt’s house. I will attempt to tell you where we are at and how He is moving us to deeper depths in Him.
The first week we really just pretty much took our hearts and all threw them on the floor. It was….hard. We all shared our life journeys with about 15 other strangers and it immediately grew a connection between us all. We have 3 families from Switzerland. A family from Texas, A single mom from NZ, a single lady from South Africa, A family from South Korea, A family from England. A couple from Canada. You can imagine the language barriers and yet somehow our hearts are tied to one another. So then we learned about
“Ancient Paths” based out of Jeremiah 6:16 and it was all about how we have the ability to impart to our children their God-given identity and their destiny. It was an amazing thing for us both. It talked about blessings and curses and how our family has so much impact. It was super good…again I cannot even describe the things that happened in that class. This week was all about relationships and the four most important things about them. Love, Trust, Understanding and Honor. It was really practical about loving people where they are and no matter how wicked their deeds seeing Gods potential in them and their future. It’s really neat to hear all the story’s of people’s outreach and how they used all the skills that we are learning right now. Like our staff said you cannot give out to others that you yourself do not have. He is really working on us.
Our days are drop off kids at Crèche in the morning go to our lecture in the morning. Then Lunch and usually we have some work duties where we do the dishes and clean up around the base. Monday afternoons are planning for our outreach, Tuesdays afternoons are our one on ones where we chat with a staff member and pray and just talk about what is going on in our life. Wed is base duties where we do more harder work. This week I cooked in the kitchen and samm worked in the yard shoveling ashes and soot. Thursdays are small groups where again we connect and pray. Fridays are when we can go to town and do our errands. We are at the mercy of that because we are the only family without a car here. That has been a challenge for sure. However we are praying that if God wants us to have one He will provide for us. We have created a weekly budget and things are crazy expensive here. Like usually two and half times more. We are learning on how to live on little and God is sufficient for us. We are so thankful that through you He has provided just enough. I never in a million years expected that I would be living the “missionary’s life” and yet its been a place of humbling.
God is opening doors for us to reach the people here In Matamata. We have already spoke with a guy who runs the car dealership here and how Jesus has changed his life. I have been witnessing to one of the cashiers who for some reason every time I have been to the store get this exact woman. So I felt God prompting me to share with her why I was here and talk about Jesus. Come to find out she tells me that her husband just told her he had been having an affair on her and she just found out. She said three other random people mentioned Jesus to her that day, she said” I wonder if He’s trying to get my attention” Um yes I said. I asked her if I could pray with her and she said not while she is working she could lose her job. Fair enough I said. So its been already happening and we haven’t started the official “outreach” phase. Our entire lives should be an outreach!!
Last night we went to a church called Soul. It was similar to The Crossing and it was really neat to see it. Its a very small church and pretty laid back but I felt peace there. It really made us miss The Crossing and we both said no matter what church we find it will make us long for ours back home. It gives us a new perspective on just how blessed we are to be apart of that family. God is good.
Living in community is good and yet challenging at the same time. Its nothing like we have ever experienced and some days I long to be home and yet if God asked me “do you want to go home?” Id never answer yes. So while we miss you all and our hearts are tied to yours its very clear He has us here in this season. Please pray that we get all He wants us to and that our hearts would be wide open to what He has planned for us. Thank you so much for your love and support. If you have questions or comments let us know!
Love Samm, Angie & the boys.