On May 31st, 2012 the Maxwell family boarded a plane and moved to Swaziland to live at Project Canaan. I hope to update my blog on Saturday mornings and share, as honestly as I can, the highs and lows of our life in Africa. We are living on a farm in a remote part of this tiny Kingdom and are serving the community as well as the orphans and vulnerable children of the nation. The 365 day count down started on June 1st, 2011, but the real journey begins now. Thanks for joining us.
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Saturday, January 20, 2018
It's the little things
As I had my quiet time this morning I was overwhelmed with
thanksgiving for this incredible adventure that the Lord has invited us
on.As I sat and
contemplated what makes it so amazing, I realized it’s not the baby rescues, or
witnessing health miracles, or seeing people come to faith, but it’s really the
little things that make our new lives so amazing.
It’s the sheer joy in Peter’s face as he splashes around the
swimming pool to stay cool on an "Africa-hot" day.
It’s an early morning message from a young mother at the
Kibbutz, thanking me for being a role model to her as she navigates raises her
It’s little Moses sitting beside me at snack time and
tapping me on the arm and with the biggest smile saying, “Mama, I am sitting beside
It’s watching our children play on their new swings for the
first time (thank you Jacob Banta!)
12 new swings between Emseni 1 and Emseni 2
Shirley on the new swings
It’s watching one of our Aunties carry rolls of paper towels
the traditional way - on her head.
The challenges we face here are huge and the work is
seemingly impossible. Just living in Africa is not easy with differences in
language/culture/religion/history, but finding joy in the little things makes
every challenge, every set back, and every tear worthwhile. I encourage you to look for joy in all
the little things around you today – it can change your worldview, and your world.
James 1:2-4 reminds us to,“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever
you face trials of many kinds,because
you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.Let perseverance finish its work so that you
may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Live from Swaziland … trying to stay
cool on a really hot day.