Our Journey Begins: Mark Russo

I believe I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord. Wait for the Lord and let your heart take courage. Wait for the Lord.”                                          –Psalm 27:13-14

We are all very excited to begin our trip to Africa. But there is a lot of waiting! It’s an eight-day adventure but it takes four full days to get there and back.  As we prepare to leave we can sense the spirit going before us, paving our journey and providing our way.

Please pray:

  • for safe travel, protection from sickness and lots of rest.
  • that we can let go of all of the logistics, all of the arrangements and all of our anxieties and instead open our eyes and ears to see what God has for us on our journey.
  • for our kids and wives back home. While we are having fun seeing the Lord’s hand at work on the other side of the world, they have made it possible for us to go.
  • for the kids and families of Dwankhozi.

Last night we prayed for rain for the farmers of the Midwest USA and it rained today!  I have heard that the farmers we will visit in Malawi and Zambia are also struggling with drought. We pray for rain, that the Lord might stretch out his hand and provide nourishing rain to the soil and the people who depend upon Him.

Pray for the children at the school who have been diligently studying amidst the heat, the hunger and malaria. We pray that our visit might renew their spirit and their determination!  Pray also for the teachers and community leaders who have been laboring to keep the school alive. May God continue to sustain them.

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  1. Thanks for the prayer list! Definitely praying for you guys and your families back home, God’s direction, open eyes and ears, and the wonderful Dwankhozi children and community. God’s hand is on you all.

  2. Pete & Crystal says

    We continue to pray for you on this journey. May he lead you and protect you. We await with anticipation for more entries and photos!

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