a prayer request


At the school I do some administration work so I have a few spare moments in between tasks to check my facebook and email my mom! but I don't really have internet during the week. Hopefully my host family does who I live with on weekends. I get to meet my host family tomw after school around 4pm. I am so excited to see them and get rested. this week has been very overwhelming.

I know God is here with me.. trust me.. I can feel his presence all around me and he is taking great care of me.. but I miss my my mom more than I can ever put into words. I hate being here sometimes and I just need to get into a routine. This week has been super hard but I am excited to see how God is going to use me.. I think he is just teaching me to rely on him more than I ever have.

Yesterday I just cried all day long.. I cried at school, in front of the girls and than I went out in the yard for an hour and just let all my tears out singing worship songs and praising God. My prayer last night was that Christ would wrap his loving arms around me and that I would feel it.

I have felt your prayers since being here. I know people are praying for me and I am so thankful for that.

My request is that you pray for me the prayer that I've been praying - that I would physically feel God's loving arms around me.

I have so much more to type so hopefully I can adequately update you this weekend if my host family has internet

Love you all


  1. Hang in there Maddie.....God will carry you through as he has a great work instore for you there. I will pray that prayer for you and believe that God will provide ALL you needs...even a real physical hug! 00000 those are fake ones but the best I can do!
    Charlene B.
    P.S. Happy Birthday!

  2. Hey lovley, I will definitely pray that prayer for you. You are doing such an amazing thing by being over there and I know you will effect those girl's lives in such a huge way. God answers prayer and I believe you will feel him there with you. Keep letting him work through you and you will see radical things!
    Love you! and happy birthday :)

  3. Hey Maddie!! It's Julia from church :) I will keep praying for you...God is right there with you at all times...this will be a year of incredible growth for you!!

    First of all...Happy birthday!!!!! Hope you'll have an amazing birthday in South Africa :)

    I know you don't have your Mom there, but I will pray God will put people in your life who will love you deeply. (although I know there's nothing like being with your own Mom!!)

    Here are a few verses that are on my heart right now, and I want to share them with you :)

    James 1:2-4
    Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,  knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have  its  perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

    Deuteronomy 31:8
    "The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed."

    Psalm 84:11
    For the Lord God is a sun and shield; 
    The Lord gives grace and glory; 
    No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.

    I'm sure these girls will love having you as their Auntie Maddie this year.

    Love in Christ,

  4. Thank you so much for the verses Julia! they have been such a help! I got the girls to write them out in markers and we posted them around my room!!

    Thank you Charlene and Amanda for your prayers! It's been so humbling to physically feel people praying for me.. its so much more than a head knowledge thing. Prayer works and I am so happy to say that I am experiencing that first hand!


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