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This year, the Lord allowed us to see His goodness in a very different way.

When my son and I planned the launch of my first CD, we had no idea just how much it would expect from us and just how much it would give. We did determine, though, that expecting quick results would be unwise although, when you get to my ripe age of 71, you’d want God to be doing something … quickly!

I have always wanted to be on stage, not for the glory, but because I have something to say concerning the Lord Jesus Christ who touched my life at a very young age and made me His child.

So when we launched the CD at a concert on June 30th, 2007 in Cape Town at the Cape Town International Convention Center, we took another step in proclaiming the good news of God’s salvation. I’m always aware of the fact that singing my song, singing His song of redemption can touch lives and play a part in the Holy Spirit’s work of convicting “the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgement: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me (Jesus Christ)”  - John 16:8-10.

I think the only way that my singing can make a difference is when it puts the Gospel in a clear light, helping men and women see the glorious plan of salvation and understand the sacrifice of our Lord and Saviour on the cross.

For these opportunities afforded me this, I am thankful for the Lord’s enabling strength to do His work.

I thank God for the success of the launch, for the publishing of the CD and for the wonderful Christmas Concert which we held on 16th December.

At the same time, I would like to thank Daniel, Derek, Jens and Frank who accompanied my son, travelling from Sweden to help with the launch in June. They were blessings to everyone! Just the other day a friend of mine was saying, “We’ve got to get that band from Sweden again … I’m going to start saving up immediately!” I know many who came to me, commenting on just how much it meant to be at the launch and what a blessing it was.  These young people helped make it possible.

My children, Theo, Roger, Faith, Lynne, Tony and Alvin made me think deeply this year. They have shown such a great deal of understanding and given so much support despite the fact that their own circumstances had not always been favourable. I have felt a closeness to my children in ways not possible before. I thank God for this.

I do not like to single out people, but I know that Theo’s wife, Jeanette took giant steps of faith, supporting her husband’s guidance and initiative - she is truly a model daughter-in-law. To her, I remain filled with gratitude for allowing the Lord to do His work through her.

I must also add that my neighbourhood in Devon Park, Eerste River, have been a blessing - words cannot fully describe just how much support they have given to me and to my husband Nikki, as well. They’ve provided transport, prayed with us, encouraged others to attend a concert and even offered to participate. God truly uses people in wonderful ways.

And for all the many friends and family, for your kind support, I thank you and pray God’s richest blessings on you all. You have been a wonderful source of encouragement and inspiration to me.

In 2008, we plan to continue with the first phase of our ministry - to seek out national and international opportunities to preach the Gospel through song. We have now finalised plans for Washington DC. Concerts and appearances at local churches are also planned for the Cape region between February and May 2008. I do hope that you will find time to keep in touch and visit our site regularly for more details.

May the Lord bless you in 2008 - it’s what He does best and I hope that you will learn, just as I am, that trusting the Lord means giving control to Him by refusing to worry about our needs. God knows our needs. Do not try to come up with your own schemes to meet your needs and then falsely calling it, “an answer to prayer.” Do not be deceived. God can be trusted.

Never doubt His goodness!

Susan Dee


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