The time since we came back from the brief visit to our ZEMA Home Office in Zion can perhaps be described as a bit of a blur. You will remember that there has been much uncertainty about us returning to Mocambique for the last opportunities of ministry for 2013. Well as it turned out, Richard returned to Maputo for two of the Saturdays and while we were able to have the ZEBS classes, it was quite evident that Mocambique remains a country uncertain as to what might happen next, but we were grateful to at least close off the Maputo ministry. Right now, our next scheduled visit into Mocambique is after the hot, wet months and so IF THE LOCAL FOLK feel it is quiet enough, we are due to return in March 2014.
FIELD DIRECTOR DUTIES: While not being in Mocambique as much as planned, it does not mean an extended holiday ! As we come to the end of the year there have been the budgets to get completed, Richard was able to go with others for some ministry into Lesotho, and there have been a large number of 'administrative duties' to catch up and close off as we come to the end of the year. For those who might not know, the Field Directors duties are really a full time task and so having added this onto the Mocambique ministry, it has been quite a challenge.
OUR FAMILY: For the first time in memory, Richard was 'booked off' by a doctor FOR 5 DAYS after somewhere contracting an 'unspecified infection', but we're grateful that apart from that, we have both been well, but have been looking forward to a little more restful time at the end of the year. ALL OUR CHILDREN are home right now ! Christopher wrote his final exam to qualify as a CA, Gregory graduated from the Baptist College and Naomi successfully passed to go into 3rd year Pharmacy. We are REALLY LOOKING FORWARD to the time between Christmas and the first weekend of January when we will be together on a very secluded, restful farm !
BUDGETS: We want to THANK EVERY PERSON OR CHURCH who carried us through 2013. Many are regular donors, others have given to our 'DAY IN MOCAMBIQUE' appeals. You might be interested to know that at any time, we are literally two months away from 'shutting up shop' meaning that we really do depend on the generosity of God's people to carry us. There is no 'fat' to keep us going when the income dries up. Sadly one of our biggest donors has just let us know that due to THEIR budget constraints, they will have to cut a major part of their funding for 2014, and so this is just a simple appeal: if you have been giving, please continue through 2014. If you haven't been involved in financially supporting our ministry, would you perhaps consider becoming part of our team?
MY DAY IN AFRICA: last year, 100 people gave very generously to support ONE DAY OF MINISTRY IN MOCAMBIQUE. Well, this year, our ministry will include not only Mocambique but South Africa as well, and so we would appeal to you: could you perhaps consider making a once off donation through 2014 SUPPORTING ONE FULL DAY OF AKERS MINISTRY? If you would like to do this, please get in contact with a blank email. If we get a blank email like that from you, we will know to send you more information to help you do that. You won't yet be COMMITTING yourself, just asking for more info.
We would like to wish you, from our home to yours, may you have an incredibly BLESSED and GOD GLORIFYING CHRISTMAS!
Richard and Geraldine Akers