Dear all our lovely supporters,
We trust that you are all well as winter makes its appearance in the Southern Hemisphere and the weather warms up north of the equator. :-)
Candace and Murray are slowly settling into our life at Zithulele in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. We've had our fair share of challenges here, but there is a lovely community that are very inviting. In many ways, it reminds us of the ship. We go to church on Sunday evenings, play Ultimate Frisbee on Mondays and Wednesdays, and have started attending a great Bible Study on Thursdays. We've been invited for supper at people's homes, and today had a lovely pancake breakfast with the hospital superintendent and his family. We have felt so welcome and have loved sharing our story of our time with Mercy Ships in West Africa. It's actually made us quite homesick for our floating home!
Work-wise, Murray has done a lot of driving for the team - picking up doctors and staff members from East London, as well as being patient transportation during the cataract surgeries - and he has also been putting policies in place for vehicle usage, ordering of supplies, and doing general tasks here and there around the grounds. Candace has done great work as a nurse during surgery days, and has also spent much time entering statistics into the database, as well as working on policies too.
Our challenges here have included a number of issues. Initial accommodation was a bit problematic. Our home wasn't ready for us when we arrived, and then said home encountered some major water damage during a huge storm back in April - which delayed the process further. Praise God we were able to house-sit for a number of individuals while we waited for our little home to be ready. Our home is about half the size of a couple's cabin on the ship and this adds a whole new challenge in terms of space, but we are beginning to settle nicely. We have also had some miscommunication and struggles with one of the individuals on the eye team, and this has caused some frustration and disillusionment. But thanks be to God that He is faithful and is helping us work through this rather difficult situation.
That being said, please keep us in prayers regarding the following prayer points:
Thanks for your continued support and may God bless you wherever you are! Thanks to our American friends and family for the amazing support you showed us through the Chicken Barbecue on the 11th of May! We appreciate your love and encouragement to us! Also, a special shout-out to our friends on the Africa Mercy as the Guinea Field Service winds down. We are so thankful for your amazing service and the miracles that God is doing there everyday! We miss you and love you all!
God bless and much love, Murray and Candace
Murray and Candace Crawford
Murray joined the Africa Mercy 3 years ago - first for one year and then for a longer term. This has enabled him to fulfill two of his desires - to make Jesus known to those in need and to be at sea on board ship. He loves servicing Christ. On 4 March 2012 he married Candace Miller whom he met on board and they will continue to serve the Lord together.