Dear Praying Friends,
Happy belated Thanksgiving! We do apologize for the lateness of this month’s update. It’s been a very busy couple of weeks with everything winding down for the year and with us hosting several people for an “American Thanksgiving” experience at our home on Saturday. Several of our guests had never had a true Thanksgiving feast, and one family in particular had never even tasted turkey! It was great fun to share in a bit of cultural exchange with these dear friends.
We are slowly learning the rhythm of the South African year, recognizing more and more how people approach the December and January holidays. In short, when school is out, the normal routine ends. In principle, this is similar to how it is in the West, but here the breaks are shorter and more intense. What this means is that while the “summer break” from school only last six weeks (early December through mid-January), life drastically changes for these six weeks. It’s an amazing combination of summer with the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Many businesses shut down entirely for a significant portion of this time; families travel to be with distant relatives; and people are generally out of their basic routine.
What this means for us is that many of our normal week-to-week activities wind down. With the exception of Sunday services, most everything else stops and gets replaced with other opportunities for ministry, fellowship, and discipleship. In what follows, we’d like to share about several things that have come to a close for the year (or are about to do so) and mention our gratitude for the chance to minister in these areas in 2019 and, Lord willing, ahead into 2020.
As we conclude, we’d like to thank you, as personally as possible through a letter like this, for your faithfulness to God on behalf of our ministry in South Africa. We don’t take it for granted. We know we are only here because of what God does and continues to do through you. Thank you, so much, for all you are and do!
In His Love,
The Coon Family