My One Year Anniversary: South Africa

I have learned quite a few lessons this past year while living in South Africa.  I wanted to highlight 12 of those lessons for a way to see a bit more of my life here.  Lessons I’ve learned:


1.   God can use even my thoughts of frustrations to His glory

2.   Ministry can happen anywhere

3.   Cows work better than traffic police to enforce the speed limit

4.   God always provides

5.   I’ve learned how to drive stick shift on the right side of the car on the left side of the road

6.   I’ve learned to appreciate, respect and value yet another culture and language

7.   How to meet people where they are at and walk alongside them through discipleship

8.   I’ve learned the value of ministry and ministry relationships working towards sustainability not dependability

9.   It’s much easier to carry a bucket full of water on my head instead in my hands

10.   My brain has a hard time separating siSwati and Amharic languages therefore the result is a mixture of both leaving one very confused person I am trying to talk to.

11.   I’ve learned how to press into God in the hard times and that He will use those times to shape me more into the person He created me to be

12.  Most of all how to live and do what the Lord has called me to



I wanted to highlight just a fraction what my awesome donors have helped fund in this past year:


·      Have helped pay for a funeral

·      Helped fund monthly rent and repair of a youth house

·      Helped pay to build a grandmothers house in Swaziland

·      Helped sponsored two Grace and Glory conferences

·      Provided bibles and reading glasses for Lydia Circle

·      Supported the chicken challenge last Christmas so roughly 1,500 chicken could take a chicken home to their families

·      Fully funded Lydia Circle and Lydia’s Market

·      Sponsored a family of 6

·      Partnered with Pastor Richard to get school materials, equipment and building completed at a new ministry site

·      Provide food for desperate families and people

·      Paid doctor bills for the sick and gas in order to take a sick child to the hospital an hour away

·      Paid for multiple students school fees


God continues to move.  He also continues to call me deeper and deeper into his mission.  I am extremely grateful for all those who have come alongside me and partnered with me in this.  God has used your funds in a might way and I can’t wait to see how he continues to in this coming year!


If you are not partnering with me at this time and would like to please go to and click on the donate tab.  Both monthly and one-time gifts are a huge blessing and help make ministry possible!

Empower a Woman. Impact Generations.

Lydia’s Mission empowers and teaches women skills in rural South Africa to feed, educate, and care for their children by earning a living wage. When a woman begins to grasp her value in Christ through discipleship and Biblical training, her life becomes the first ripple of hope…that will last for generations.