HIS IN SOUTH AFRICA
Dear Friends in Christ,
“Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. 6Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast. 7How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. 8They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. 9For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light” (Psalm 36:5-9).
It has been a great blessing for us to be able to visit many of our supporting churches over the past five months while on furlough. So far, we have been to 30 churches, with another 15 scheduled in the next 3 months. The Lord has been very gracious to keep us from any difficulties along the way as we have travelled over 10,000 miles. Unfortunately, a Wednesday meeting was cancelled in Charleston, South Carolina, due to hurricane Dorian. The highway traffic was reversed, allowing all lanes to exit Charleston, so we couldn’t have gotten there even if we wanted. Years ago, we experienced hurricane Hugo in Charleston, and it left such an impression on us that we have no desire to go through another.
While visiting our supporting churches, many have asked about Ron’s health situation. Since it was a main reason for us leaving Cambodia, we understand that you want to know, so you can evaluate our going to South Africa. For the past five months, Ron has been seeing doctors at the VA (Veterans Affairs) hospital here in Milwaukee. The main problem seems to be Restless Leg Syndrome, which he has struggled with for many years. The doctors prescribed Ropinirole, which is a medicine used for Parkinson’s Disease. Ron has been taking it for about three months, and it has done wonders for his sleeping habits. He is able to go to sleep almost every night, compared to only every other night previously. The lack of sleep was Ron’s most pressing problem, which most likely affected the other health issues. His strength has returned and he has gained back his weight (and then some, unfortunately ☹). Cape Town, South Africa, has a more temperate climate than Cambodia, so we believe the change of seasons and cooler temperatures will also help.
Please continue to pray for us as there is still much that needs to happen before we can go to South Africa. The cost of living is a bit higher than in Cambodia, so we will need to raise additional support. Our mission board is in the process of calculating a new budget for us. Originally, we had hoped to leave in January of 2020, but it may take a little longer than we expected.
Hopefully, by our next prayer letter, in January 2020, Ron will have graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Bible, with a minor in Business. For those of you who don’t know, Ron received an associate degree in missions over 22 years ago. It was recommended that he take time to finish his degree, especially as he will be teaching in South Africa. Tina has also begun online classes to continue her degree. Praise the Lord, the cost of her education is being covered through different grants, which don’t have to be paid back.
Jonathon recently finished a new website for the ministry. If you would like to check it out, you can find it at: hisinsouthafrica.com. You will find many pictures from Cambodia, as well as all our furlough presentations, including our current one.
Speaking of Jonathon, we are proud to share that he recently completed his final classes for his bachelor’s degree in music business. He is now officially graduated! Currently, he is working as an EMT, but would like to find a job or opportunity where he can better use the talents and gifts the Lord has given him.
Leah recently received a promotion of sorts and has transitioned from a secretarial position to the bookkeeper at our home church in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
Rebekah is currently seeking the Lord's will regarding service in a more restrictive country, but one that has been on her heart for a long time. There have been a number of circumstances and individuals that the Lord has brought together to cause her to head this direction. She would appreciate your prayers for wisdom, the Lord's guidance, and open doors. If you would like additional information, please feel free to contact us or her.
Thank you very much for your continued prayers for us, our children, and the ministry the Lord has given us. We pray as we enter the season of Thanksgiving and Christmas that we all would reflect on everything the Lord has given, His abundant grace and salvation, His answers to prayers, and His faithfulness towards us even when we are not. Take care and God bless.
Serving the Savior,
Ron & Tina Fruin
* Increase in support (housing) * God’s provisions
* Guidance for Bible school * Ron’s health improvements
* Visa for South Africa * Jonathon’s completion of college
* Safety in furlough travels * Safety in travels on furlough
* Online college courses * Church meetings and reacquaintances