As I type out and prepare this newsletter, I'm sitting in a restaurant in the middle of Stellenbosch.  Two tables away, a white Afrikaans man and a black isiXhosa man are talking about Jesus, the power of the Gospel, and how every human being is created equal - because they were created by the Creator.  They don't know that they just made my day - because they don't know I'm eavesdropping...  

I love little moments like this.  It's moments like this that remind me that what I do, what I say, and how I live matter.

In the spirit of transparency, I'll admit that this month was a rough one.  There were a few weeks when I had to step back from ministry, mourn over painful hurts, and fight through intense spiritual attacks on my life.  I had to learn to forgive people who weren't sorry, love people who wanted to harm me, and trust in a God who wanted to fight my battles for me.  But as the dust began to settle, I realized that God was sovereign even over the difficulties of this month.  It was traumatic and painful, but it was for my good - to grow me, to teach me, to humble me, to strengthen me, to set me apart, and to draw me closer into a relationship with my Heavenly Father.  So, it's for those reasons that I celebrate and give thanks.

"We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselvesWe are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies."
- 2 Corinthians 4:7-10

I am very happy to report that I completed my first grad school class (Healthy Human Sexuality) with a 98%! 

My next course (Orientation to Counselor Professional Identity and Function) is scheduled to begin on July 2nd.  The cost of the course is $1845 - so please join me in prayer for these costs to be covered as I continue to study and do full-time ministry in South Africa!  My goal is to graduate as soon as possible so that I can go deeper into ministry and use my degree to counsel, serve, love, and minister to all those involved in the human trafficking realm (victims, survivors, caregivers, clients, and perpetrators).

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I am heading to Cape Town International Airport on June 8th to fly back to Miami for my cousin Debra's wedding! 


I am so excited and so grateful that I get to be in town for her special day.  It will be a quick (but worthwhile) trip home spent with family and loved ones!  My last trip home was filled with fundraising, human trafficking awareness presentations, radio interviews, and lots more ministry - so THIS trip will be about rest, recovery, and relaxing with my family members.  I have not been able to purchase a return ticket back to South Africa yet (mostly due to cost), but the goal is to puchase a ticket and fly back to Cape Town to continue working on the mission's field by the 1st of July.  So please keep this trip in prayer!
This month the S-CAPE Safehouse hosted a fundraiser, and the STOP team had a chance to show their support!

At STOP we partner with several safehouses in the Western Cape area by helping to meet different needs.  Those needs can range from making care packages for the girls, donating, praying weekly for the caregivers during our prayer meetings, and anything else the Lord leads us to do.

The fundraiser had a great turnout.  Judy and Bertha won prizes during the raffle draw and a survivor who was trafficked in Cape Town was able to share her testimony for the first time publically, and it greatly impacted all of those who listened. 

Please pray for the S-CAPE safehouse, for their finances, projects, the girls who are living and healing in the house, and for the cargivers.
About a month ago, a girl from CPUT (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) was trafficked.  An article was published in the newspaper explaining what happened to the girl and how she was coerced and tricked into the trafficking scenario.  Unlike most victims, she was able to get free.

This month, the STOP team decided to reach out to CPUT to do awareness with the university students.  The staff was grateful to host us for a planning meeting, and Nicole and I were able to represent STOP.

We met with several members of the university staff and discovered very quickly that they did not know very much about human trafficking or how to prevent it.  We were able to teach, equip, and inform the staff members, and brainstorm about how we could best equip the students to keep them safe.

Our goal is to plan a big event with the university on July 30th for World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.  Please pray for our partnership with CPUT and for God to open more doors and create more opportunities for us to work with colleges/universities in the future.
Some of you may or may not know that I have a blog!

I use my blog to write about things that God is teaching me, life lessons, and experiences on the mission field.  This month I wrote a blog called Death Grip: Letting Go of the Rope.  Feel free to take a look and subscribe to my blog if you want to receive those posts along with this newsletter!

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Thank you all for taking the time to read up on my Newsletter!  Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and financial support!  Grateful for you all.

<3 Sam
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