2nd and 20th Anniversaries In One!

Two events occurred this week that mark a milestone in my life. In the first place, WordPress informed me on Monday, the 2nd of December, was my second anniversary at WordPress. That means I have been blogging for two years!

I was like, “Wow! Two years!!” To me it appeared as if I only began yesterday.

But I also had a secret which WordPress (nor, in all probability, any of my readers) would never have guessed in their wildest dreams. The classified fact is that this blog was actually born 29 years ago. I remember clearly the day in 1985 when I felt in my heart that I wanted to write. The thought was completely new – but clear as day. At that time I was not saved. But God knows the future and, although I did not know it at the time, the Lord had just planted a seed in my heart. It was a seed that He would cause to germinate in His own good time.

Eventually, I got saved, but still I did not write. In forcing me to wait, the Lord had a far more perfect plan for me. This became clear to me when I began writing only after I had begun receiving the gospel of the revelation of the cross and of grace in my heart. Had I began writing before that, I would not have been writing the clear revelation of the cross of Christ that has been revealed to me through the epistles of the Apostle Paul, as I do today. The Lord took an incredibly long time to finally open a door for me to begin writing, and I know now that this was so I wouldn’t just write anything except the clear message of the cross. In this I have seen and known God’s love for me and for His people who read this blog.

I would therefore like to take this opportunity to thank WordPress for affording me the opportunity to fulfill a dream – the dream to write.

But two years ago, I had not even heard of the word ‘blog’! But one day my dear friend Louise Echstein calls me from Mauritius and asks, “Mwita, do you know what a blog is?”

I told her no.

She then proceeded to tell me about WordPress – “and how you can be a blessing to many people there”, she said. She and my beloved brother Gilbert Grant introduced me to WordPress and encouraged me to begin blogging, and thus this blog was started. I am deeply appreciative of their efforts – and their friendship.

My greatest debt, though, is to Brother Miki Hardy of Church Team Ministries International (www.ctmi.org) through whom I became aware of the revelation of the gospel of the cross. I am eternally grateful to this man of God for the revelation of the gospel that he carries in his heart, and which he brought to us. Through this revelation, I have discovered the foundation of the gospel. And the message of the cross is the central message of this blog.

Lastly, of course, I am heavily – I mean heavily – indebted to my fellow bloggers and my readers who are the real reason for the existence of this blog. These wonderful folks have become an unexpected part of my life. I have friends from literally every corner of the world! Some have even become “closer than a brother” (Prov. 18:24).

I am so blessed and humbled at the same time. And I extend my heart to each one of you, praying that our Lord Jesus Christ may bless you with all the riches of His heavenly Kingdom.

Another event that makes this week a special one is that yesterday, the 3rd of December, my wife Flo and I celebrated our 20th marriage anniversary. On this very day in 1994 Flo and I exchanged our marriage vows and the Lord has blessed and protected our marriage up till this day.

Naturally, I travelled to Dar es Salaam to be with my wife. We did not throw much of a party; being together was really all the ‘party’ we needed! But Flo did prepare a huge jug of juice – and a very ordinary dinner.

We spent the evening singing and listening to our favorite songs. “Come What May” won over our hearts and we listened over and over to different versions of the song, at least two of them by Patti Labelle. The ‘party’ finally broke up at 2 a.m.

This has indeed been an incredible week for me and my family.

On my journey to Dar es Salaam I took some photos along the way. You can view them on my Facebook page, just type Zakaria Mwita.

[Below: Throughout the years the kitchen has been an integral part of our lives. Here Flo and I prepare some fruit juice for the evening…]

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Afterwards, we listened to “Come What May”

4 thoughts on “2nd and 20th Anniversaries In One!

  1. I am delighted you started a blog, because that is how we connected. My blog began because local clergy successfully lobbied the newspaper to drop my bi-weekly column, because I wrote, as in my blog, that religious systems can hinder the Spirit. They tried to censor my message of Jesus only, and allowed me to speak with the whole world!
    By the way, I praise God for your wedding anniversary, and the ministry that you are in to serve Jesus, even though it means being apart at this time. As you know my wife and I experienced this also, and so I speak it from the heart.
    I pray that the two of you remain faithful to the Saviour with hope and joy. Standing against “easy” religion is not easy.

  2. happy anniversary to you two ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (20 hearts for each year – lol) and I love the kitchen shots – and that juice looks mmm mmm good – fresh and alive! Just like the two of you!

    and how cool about the songs – now I get what you were referring to with the question. spooky cool. lol

    lastly, happy blog-anniversary too – 2 years – that is awesome. 🙂 I love WP too.

    have a nice week and hello to Flo from me…

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