Why We Call Our Blog the Miracle of More

The miracle is a beautiful image of Ephesians 3:20--more than I can ask or imagine. Every day is a miracle. Every moment is a miracle. Specifically for our family, the miracle of more is our family growing in ways I would never have imagined when we first committed to adoption 8 years ago. But, the greatest miracle is the change in ME!

If you have questions about adoption, our work in South Africa, or spina bifida, please email me at rbmattox@bellsouth.net

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Marvelous Day 2--and a photo!

Finally a photo! THis is Josie-Tatum. We spent part of the morning listening to first graders read. Josie-Tatum was quite the attraction herself.

We have had such a good day!
I don't know when/if I can post pictures, but I can update today. Thank you, Jesus!

Josie-Tatum and I spent the day in the School of Tomorrow here in Shayandima, if you can find that on the map. It is a Christian school offering hope to children here in the poorest province in the country of South Africa.

We've met three of the children that are being sponsored by the mission team, all three orphans, Faith, Solomon, and Shandikana. None of them speak English yet, but all seem so happy to be here. They have beautiful smiles.

We met Zwavhudi who lives at Auntie Lydia's. Part of the team went to Auntie Lydia's today to start the remodeling. They are painting and working on the bathroom. Josie-Tatum and I will go there to work tomorrow.

We're learning that most of the children who go to school here come from such poverty that they don't have toilets at home. They have a "long drop." (Just what it sounds like) When the come to the school, some of them are actually afraid of the toilet.

We have seen the results of the miraculous provisions God has sent here to Build the Nations. I stand amazed at all that God has done. I can't wait to share more.

Josie-Tatum gave a Bible to the nanny who will be taking care of Solomon, Faith, and Shandikani. When she gave the Bible to Auntie Andrea, she took Josie-Tatum's hand and said, "I was just telling Mrs. Palmer that I wanted a Bible story book for the kids. Come, let's go show her." It was a blessing to Josie-Tatum to learn that God had used her desire to bring Bibles to answer the desire of a worker's heart.

On Thursday, we're going on a safari. I sure hope that we can soon send pictures.

Please continue to pray that God will show us great and mighty things.


Kim K. said...

Wow. I'm so glad you could post updates again. Your family must be so proud of JT. What an amazing experience for the both of you.

whitmattox said...

are you getting your email over there?
I emailed you twice, and didn't know if you had gotten it already or not.
Some of your stateside family memebers have mentioned that they would appreciate a phone call soon.
Love you!

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Unless the Lord Builds the House said...

How neat that the Lord not only prompted JT to bring the kids a Bible, but He also let her see how they needed it!

Can't wait for the next update!

dhm78 said...

Hi Robbie!
What a beautiful experience for you and Josie-T! I can't wait to hear more. Praying for your homesickness...

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